Blue Caravan February 2013
I guess I just wanted there to be stars in her hair.
it really rubs me the wrong way when fandom feminism critique conflates the idea of “agency” with whether the lady in question is saved or not.
like, that’s not agency
agency is about bodily autonomy
agency is about choice (what choices is she able to make, what structures/people/etc inhibit her choices and her ability to make those choices, does the narrative allow her to realize her choices or are their -isms at work that actively inhibit her and so on and so forth)
it’s not about some watered-down concept of damsel in distress vs being in distress and handling it like Meg in hercules.
if someone is zeroing in on how women saving themselves is an example of agency, while implicitly implying that if she had been saved by someone other than herself then the narrative would have failed the agency test instead of directing their commentary/criticism towards the people/structures/organizations in her life that are putting her in this position, then i just think that’s really unhelpful.
i feel in some way that people consider agency as this kind of commodity that a woman can have: does she still have agency? is it intact?
but that’s not really how agency works. it’s not really a commodity that can be lost or gained.
it’s the idea that someone or something can inhibit the realization of your own choices, your autonomy.
i just feel like most discourses of agency that cross my dash forget that, focusing too often on the people targeted by those inhibitors (most often through save yourself dialogue) instead of on the act of inhibition itself.
and that really bothers me.