Feminist Frequency Tropes Vs Women
Feminist frequency explore the many troupes and archetypes of women within the media, and in this episode she looks at the manic pixie dream girl. What the manic pixie dream girl represents is a fantasy woman for many a struggling ‘man’ she is his muse, there to help him fix all his troubles, without having any of her own. to be quirky but not ‘messed up’ to be childish in behaviour and mothering in attitude, to be nothing more than a jar of whimsy and wonder that the man, when feeling low can occasionally dip his hand into.
As Nathan Rabin said about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl “The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is an all-or-nothing-proposition”
The ridiculousness of this type of inspirational character as being a sustainable person is questioned and mocked in Cracked video, showing how once the man is done with her she becomes useless and seen as stupid and just a child in an adult’s body.
However the real world implications for this cliché are becoming serious. Laurie Penny view this stereotype as becoming a template for young women’s lives. Because these women are not seen as real people with issues, they are taken for granted and as a result fall into themselves with no to help them. Hugo Schwyzer recounts his own experience with a girl called Bettina who changes his life and helped shape him but he never asked her if she was okay, and later when he and she drifted a part he found out she killed herself at 20 due to her depression. He reflects of the fact that despite their intimacy (emotionally) he never asked about her and only to inspiration from her, he never knew she had depression and in that moment was reminded of Dante. The great poet who experiences a similar moments of inspiration with a women called Beatrice who although brief in her encounters with him, became his muse and shaped his writing. She killed herself at 24. Manic Pixie Dream girls do not live long, because no one could life a long life if their existence was based on having to fix others problems while not having any of your own.