Dear Amy: When we were dating, my wife was the sweetest woman in the world. She didn’t make a move without asking me. We had a few kids. She stayed home and raised them while I worked. The kids grew up and went off on their own. The wife got a part-time job to keep…
“I stand directly behind Turyl and make “yackity yack” motions with my hand while she gives her heroic speech.”—the rogue, who is just about fed up with the wizard and doesn’t understand why she’s the party leader. (via outofcontextdnd)
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
Do you think Americans have lived up to the ideals expressed in the Declaration of independence?
Not even the Founding Fathers themselves lived up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, as many were slaveholders who didn’t believe in universal suffrage and women’s rights. So I don’t think America has lived up to the ideals of the Declaration, but that’s partly because there was little way to when the document was inherently hypocritical. As for Americans some have lived up to the ideals and others haven’t - abolitionists who fought for the end of slavery, female suffragettes and civil rights protestors were all embodying the principles of universal liberty. However unfortunately there were, and continue to be, many who seem to stand opposed to the full realisation of the freedom set out in the Declaration.
But as I see that your blog is a project based on this very question I’ll open it up to the floor so you get more answers. What does everyone else think, have Americans lived up to the ideals of the Declaration of independence?