Hi I'm Stephanie...
I'm not really sure what to write on here but I guess I'll just say some stuff about me? I really like to write, it makes me feel in control and maybe that's why I like it so much? Because it's one of the only things that makes me think I have control over SOMETHING.
I have a problem...I want perfection and I can't get perfection because no one is perfect. I try hard to be good enough for myself but it's slow work...nothing happens over night I guess.
Ok guys can we have a chat about coding?
Coding is when characteristics of certain people/groups are applied to entities in media, oftentimes nonhuman characters. This is often a sort of subtle allegory to make a point or present a counterpart in a fantasy setting. Sometimes it takes the form of “monster culture,” where these stereotypical characteristics are applied to villains to demonize certain groups (you see this a lot with villains who take on stereotypical traits of marginalized groups such as LGBT people, or Jewish people for example). Sometimes it’s simply allegory.
Let’s look at these images as examples. Garnet is an alien with brown skin, an afro, and voiced by black english singer Estelle. So, it’s clear to see she’s coded as a black woman in spite of being an alien. The picture next to that is from the PBS kids show Arthur, portraying two characters in Senegal. They’re clearly animals, but they’re also Senegalese, so it can be inferred they’re coded as black Africans. They are relatives of another character on the show, The Brain, who is a bear. But in the show, he has family in Africa, and celebrates kwanzaa. It can be inferred he’s black as well.
Then Sagwa. This is about a family of siamese cats who lives in China sometime around the era of the Qing dynasty (I believe). They work for a magistrate and make calligraphy with their tails. They’re cats, but are coded by their environment and characterization as being Chinese.
And the list goes on (The Between the Lions lions being African, Rosita and Quetzal being Mexican, etc)
So there’s a problem when you see a character like Garnet and go “she’s not black, she’s a gem!” Sure, in a literal sense. But she’s clearly CODED as a black woman.
This ALSO plays into why you can’t arbitrarily assign certain coding to certain things and not take context and connotations into account.
I hope this made sense.
an understadable issue but!! i say mexican specifically for a reason
quetzal is named after the Aztec deity quetzalcoatl and has been referred to as having mexican coding on other sites such as the show’s wikipedia page. and if memory serves the show’s two main human characters are also canonically mexican.
rosita is much more clear cut, specifically stated in sesame street canon to be a monster who comes from mexico.
thank u for this
Instant obsession, I didn’t expect anything less.
Mary’s gown includes an exaggerated train. ”I wanted something that really went above and beyond anything we’ve seen Mary wear before,” says Markworth-Pollack, who cites photos of British Queen Victoria at her 1838 coronation as royal inspiration. But before diving into the design process, the costumer needed assurance that the train would be given the royal treatment. ”The director promised that if we built it, she would shoot it, which I find is not always the case,” she says. ”You end up putting a lot of labor into something that because of the nature of TV, you don’t always get to see the full effect of.” [x]
Lovely tattoo from CitR on the arm of @lizziegartrell.