When did it become so ‘equal’ to aggressively point out a person/character’s sex, race or sexuality and say how wonderful they are because of it?
For example, Watson in Elementary. She’s awesome. Is she awesome because she’s a she? No. Is she awesome because she’s asian? No. Is she awesome because she’s heterosexual? No. Is she defined by being a she? No. Is she defined by being Asian? No. Are you getting the idea? She’s awesome because she is a real, well written character played by a wonderful actress.
Yet all I see is ‘Liu’s Watson is ASIAN and a WOMAN and she’s still totally in the action. WOW!’ As if you shouldn’t expect that?
It makes me uncomfortable.
It always reminds me of when I used to doodle at school and my teacher would be like, “Those are lovely doodles,” and that was awesome. And then she’d add, “You know, for someone half blind.” And it was like… Oh.
Let people or characters be good because they are good, and quit with the standards and marginalizing. It’s just doing what you hate but the other way round.