Sokka once had a sexist attitude (The Water Tribe were traditional with gender roles because it was “the natural order of things”) but after being humbled by Suki and her fellow Kyoshi Warriors, he began to see women as equals and developed a newfound respect for them. 

A++++ Character Development

 OH MAN I CAN GO ON AND ON WITH THIS ONE    # but this is my favorite character arc    # the first five minutes of this show already mentioned the word ‘sexist’    # I knew it was going to be special    # and its a girl calling out her brother that he’s an idiot    # his sexism stems from ignorance    # and the viewers get to understand WHY he was sexist    # he grew up in a environment where the men were warriors    # but he never (and the series never showed) female water tribe warriors    # his father entrusted him to look after the tribe and his sister    # he doesn’t think men are better than women    #but rather he believed there are certain things women at good at (feminine activities like sewing and men are good at (masculine activities    # imagine katara had to go put up with this bullshit    # she calls him out but does he listen? no    # because he’s stubborn and people tend to not listen to their family members    # so he needed someone very special to smack that sexism out his system    # Suki made him a better person    # after being outmatched by this superior warrior    # he HUMBLES himself and took his humiliation an opportunity to learn from someone who is clearly more skilled    # and then he APOLOGIZES his behavior    # again Suki teaches him another lesson when he said ‘I treated you like a girl when I should have treated you like a warrior’

Yeah I mean I couldn’t agree more when it comes to this…that the WORD “SEXIST” APPEARS IN THIS SHOW AT ALL let alone in THE FIRST MINUTE of in-narrative dialogue is exceptional.

I firmly believe that Katara’s instant, prodigious mastery of Waterbending reaffirms this development, as does Sokka’s unerring friendship with the incomparable Toph Beifong.







Dining Etiquette Around The World, an infographic by Restaurant Choice

via Feel Design

are these relevant or clichés to you?

this is very interesting and fascinating. i know from personal experience as a korean also not to stick my chopsticks upright in rice because it resembles incense at a funeral and is considered to be an omen/bad luck

When in France: while serving water/wine/whatever ask if anyone else wants some and serve them, also finish everything and scrape the dish with bread at the end


I already made a post that’s sort of about history in Cap 2, but it turns out I have even more thoughts, this time about the role of and portrayal of public history in the film.

Most historians I know hate the idea that history is taught so that we can learn from its mistakes. That’s an idea taken from an aphorism by George Santayana, which is usually mangled and misattributed: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And the reason that the historians I know hate it is that it reduces history to a set of facts to be memorized for the explicit purpose of guiding policy. It does not attribute any value to history as history; it values history only insofar as it can shed light on the present and the future we may face. It devalues history as one of the humanities, i.e. one of the academic disciplines that teach us what it is to be human.

I liked the Smithsonian exhibit in Cap 2 precisely because it does not take that view of history.

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