Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
Lizet Elaine

Thursday Tropes: Week 9

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This time around...A. FULL. YEAR. OF. TROPES!

Some Thursdays will have 2 tropes, some will have 3, but I think the majority will have 1 that's really popular.

Descriptions will be pulled from TV Tropes and a link provided if you want more information.

The rules? They're simple. Write at least 250 words or create 2 icons/1 banner. Anything from suggestive to outright porn is allowed.

This week, there is 1 trope!

Men Are the Expendable Gender This is pretty self-explanatory, but read more about the trope. It seems like it could be a fun one to explore.: A Double Standard in media whereby women automatically have the audience's sympathy and men don't. Comes in large part for the need for hordes of non-faceless Mooks whose suffering and death we won't lose much sleep over in all sorts of media.

A female character can lose some or even all of the audience's sympathy if they are manipulative, somehow "immoral", ugly, violent or just plain evil. Male characters, on the other hand, have to earn the audience's sympathy by entertaining or interesting us with their actions. If they don't, we either don't care what happens to them or want them to suffer for failing to entertain/interest us. A Lovable Coward male character is not an exception since we find them entertaining.

Strangely, women find it difficult to lose audience sympathy by being useless, worse than useless, or selfish cowards—as long as they don't get other people with the audience's sympathy killed, that is — and sometimes even then, if this person (usually a man) was perceived by the audience as somehow not strong enough. Stranger still, all this can still hold true if the woman in question has already been established as a badass (See Chickification). As a mark of the true Double Standard this trope exemplifies, a woman is more likely to lose the audience's favor by getting another woman killed than by getting a man killed.
Tags: challenge: thursday tropes

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