a reply to: atlantiswatusi
Oh, I've been thinking they have a problem for a while.
It occurred to me after listening to someone review Mulan and remark how disappointed he was in what they did to the character that overall, there is
a character problem in storytelling lately.
Look around at wokeness and Critical Race Theory. Look at the characteristics of whiteness and white maleness, and you find things like working hard,
can-do attitude, striving to succeed, etc., as being characteristics of white males and oppressive to women and people of color. Now let's look at
recent characters who were supposed to be strong women especially.
Most of them have been Mary Sues. They've been boring. They've been uniquely powerful and had power from the beginning without needing to work for it
or having to achieve it. None of them have been uniquely challenged in a traditional "heroes journey" type way.
How can they? In order to show those kinds of struggles, writers would have to endow their characters with some of those traits currently ascribed to
white males and deemed uniquely oppressive to women and people of color.
So we go from animated Mulan who goes through her training montage in "Make a Man Out of You" where she is shown really struggling and nearly failing,
being kicked out of camp ... to finding her mojo and learning to succeed, even starting to excel, to modern day live action Mulan who is told from the
start that she has powerful chi and must hide it to be a good little Chinese woman and all she has to do is unleash it to become the powerful
Compare that to Rey in Star Wars who just constantly, magically does things with Force as she needs to without really needing to struggle to learn
them. They're just magically there for her.
Try Captain Marvel who always had her powers; she just had a brain chip installed ... and then slices entire space ships in half.
None of these characters have to do any work to earn their powers. They just have them, at full force, at need. Because striving and hard work and
can-do attitudes would be oppressive messages.