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I want to see people defending Asuka on my dash, the same way they defend Shinji.
She literally has just as much hurt and depression and anxiety in her life, she saw her mother die too, she had her father abandon her too, and she didn’t even get invited back by him to pilot a robot, like with Shinji and Gendo.
But while I see all kinds of posts about Shinji I’ve seen so little for her. Yes she’s cruel to so many people, but everyone is able to blissfully ignore Shinji’s faults.
#but like#mostly everyone LOVES asuka#what defending does she need??#shinji gets hate for crying and not doing things that hurt him#yes he’s a little shit#but so is asuka and yet everybody loves her so what does she need people to defend her??#i never see any hate for her like for reals#and if people dont defend her its probably cause they dont care???#idk but like really i dont think she needs defending#no one hates on her???#i mean i dont like her but i also dont hate her??#its like i love her but i also dont you see the problem?#but yeah anyways thats just my opinion#also no one knows whats up with her dad so???#atleast not that i know of
(I’m not including your name because I’d rather not draw unnecessary attention to you.)
People do not love Asuka. Perhaps you survive in a small microcosm of tumblr wherein everyone loves and fiercely defends female characters, but from what I’ve seen in my forays throughout the greater Evangelion fandom, people usually respond to Asuka in two different ways.
- They sexualise the everloving fuck out of her (which is probably where you’re getting the “everyone loves her!” bit. No, they don’t love her. They think she’s hot, the way that most men treat female characters, which is a far cry from defending Asuka and actually understanding her).
- They call her a b*tch
In the most popular works/depictions of Asuka, she’s reduced to a generic tsundere waifu who longs for Shinji’s dickari (I’m looking at you, ReTake, but also at the general trend). In other depictions, she’s typically villainised, particularly in kawo/shin works and doujin, if she’s present or relevant at all.
I agree that Shinji needs defending, but holy hell, I’ve seen people make Shinji out to be some kind of defenceless angel. Just like Asuka, he’s done some shit. Both he and Asuka are in the position of the abuser and in the position of the abused, as most people in reality are. Simplifying Shinji into a truly wide-eyed innocent naive kid who has never done anything and simplifying Asuka into a not-really-abrasive kid who doesn’t have severe issues in of herself is fucking bullshit (thanks, Rebuild of Evangelion).
I’ve seen so much defence of Shinji. I’ve seen people defending Shinji for choking Asuka (because she was being a b*tch to him! It’s not as if she was, you know, rightfully calling him out on his bullshit behaviour) and defending Shinji for sexualising Rei, Asuka, and Misato and being angry at them that they’re “keeping things ambiguous behind smiles”(because he’s “just a normal kid” or, worse yet, because he’s “gay and boo hoo my gay angel couldn’t possibly do anything”). And so on and so forth.
What happens with Shinji is that people tend to defend him for the misogynistic shit and then trash him for the depression/mental illness shit. Well, guess what? Asuka is also depressed and suffers from mental illness. But just like how tumblr is quick to defend depression and anxiety whilst being extremely ableist to the “Bad Cr*zies”, people defend Shinji for his quiet depression and avoidant personaity disorder and anxiety issues even as they laugh at and bash Asuka for being unable to handle Arael or desiring recognition or having a breakdown about not being number one or wanting Kaji’s attention or, you know, all of her histrionic personality disorder.
Fuckin’ hell, even in the 90s, before the internet was really a thing, there was a website called the “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Shinji Ikari” or something like that where the entire fucking website was run by Evangelion fans who would write novels defending Shinji without ever once considering Asuka. One of the most common defences of Shinji was that it didn’t matter what he did to Asuka because Asuka had been a b*tch to him. Did you know that at one showing of End of Evangelion people started clapping - fucking clapping - when Shinji choked Asuka? Hmm? I wonder why.
I understand if you dislike Asuka because she has legitimately done Some Stuff. But in the same vein you should dislike Shinji. After all, the Evangelion characters weren’t designed to be likeable. What grinds me down is that if Asuka were male, then you know for a fact that “he” would be a fan favourite and everyone would defend “him” for being a douchebag because “no his mother is dead and he’s just poor and misunderstood!”
But they don’t. They either destroy her by turning her into a sextoy or they call her out on being abusive even whilst they turn around and praise Shinji to hell and back. Maybe you haven’t seen the Asuka hate, but I have, first-hand, and it is horrendous.
I’m glad that you’ve been sheltered from the Asuka hate, but no, Asuka (and Rei, and Misato) need so much more defence. Does Shinji need defence? Sure. But I haven’t actually seen someone unironically call Shinji whiny or a crybaby or any of that shit in years. You know what I have seen, even on fucking tumblr dot com?
Yeah. Exactly. Don’t even get me started on /a/. Here, have some fucking analysis.
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Keven Stonewall Is On His Way To Finding A Cure For Cancer
19 year old Stonewallhopes to one day create a vaccine that will eradicate colon cancer. The Chicago South Side youth has already started working on a potential cancer cure at a Rush University laboratory.
The youth’s love of science began back in fifth grade, when he became fascinated by the appearance of cells under a microscope. Stonewall’s love of the sciences grew to such extremes that one Christmas he was gifted four microscopes by his parents who are educators. It was during his freshman year at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences that Stonewall began focusing on the need for the eradication of colon cancer. He watched not only a dear friend’s uncle succumb to the disease but witnessed first hand how the illness negatively impacted his school mate, telling DNAInfo Chicago, “Cancer has taken over a whole bunch of lives, and I felt like I needed to step up and do something about it.”
Stonewall was a senior in high school when he jumped on the opportunity to do an internship at the university, which is the academic arm of the Rush Medical Center. He worked in the lab with a professor who taught immunology/microbiology and general surgery. Stonewall began to consume literature about how a chemotherapeutic agent could possibly destroy certain cancer cells while still promoting a healthy immune response.
The young researcher, who has already won numerous awards for his research and was a finalist for theIntel International Science and Engineer Fairlast year, then began testing his potential vaccine on mice. He injected a concentrated amount of the cancer-treating drugMitoxantronein younger and older mice. Stonewall then injected the rodents with aggressive colon cancer cells.
Stonewall waited three days to check out the effects of his experiment: The younger mice benefitted from the vaccine as their cancer was in fact eradicated and they had developed immunity. The older mice were still ridden with the cancerous tumors.
“[He] should be heralded for helping to develop more effective colon cancer treatments that will impact the elderly, the population that is most susceptible to colon cancer. He has all the tools. He will go far.”
Stonewall, who is now a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, is still working on the vaccine that he prays will one day be tested on humans. The young man is keeping hope alive that his work will in fact be the answer to a dreaded disease that has taken the lives of many, so until then, he tells the New York Daily News, “If you don’t plan to succeed, you’re planning to fail.”
Positive news for Chicago