Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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.

Sources:

http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/07/the-real-world-consequences-of-the-manic-pixie-dream-girl-clich-233/277645/

http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2013/06/i-was-manic-pixie-dream-girl

http://www.avclub.com/article/the-bataan-death-march-of-whimsy-case-file-1-emeli-15577

Gendered Marketing-Lego

This video does one of the best jobs of highlighting gender segregation within modern society and how advertising and marketing is used to divide the genders up further for the sake of money. both women touch on how there is a constant stigma towards products targeted to women as being weaker and how the way men’s products are marketed reinforces this idea that women’s products are inferior. One of the best examples of this is the new Lego which is targeted towards girls.

It reaffirms the stereotypes women are subjected to for girls at a young age. While boys can do anything they want (as long as its not ‘womanly’) girls can bake, get their hair done and play with cute animals. The girls are told what to do. The Lego for boys is interchangeable whereas the Lego for girls already puts them within boundaries. Feminist Frequency raises an important question when she says  -So what happens when something in Heartlake City catches on fire?  I guess you have to call the boys to put it out, similarly what happens when someone in LEGO city gets hungry? I guess you’d have to call the girls to bake them something.  This is just absurd. This type of issue just highlights how misogynistic the Lego company has been in making this. and although the main video says that the revenue for Lego went up when the launched this, all they have done is to continue this deep rooted stereotype of girls and highlight the superiority myth boys are raised with.

Sources:

http://www.feministfrequency.com/2012/01/lego-gender-part-1-lego-friends/