History Headscratchers / DumbingOfAge

15th Apr '17 9:33:05 PM Discar
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** Ruth was getting fired for all around incompetence, not to mention for her own good to put her in a less stressful environment--the illegal relationship was just the cherry on top. And if a new RA moves in, then Becky can't take anyone's spot, because the new RA will be much tougher on rule breaking since they'll know they have to be better than Ruth. Of course, that all got rendered moot when her grandfather pulled strings for whatever reason to have her keep the job.
18th Mar '17 4:44:19 AM Gizen
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** Joyce is the defacto main character of the comic, and main character status in any story typically conveys being the primary focus of storylines and character growth, especially when the character in question is admitted to be autobiographical. Many of the storylines are also about Joyce learning about and changing her point of view on social justice issues, something which a non-white character wouldn't need to learn about since by default non-whites tend to have to deal with that stuff in their regular day to day life already... [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/04-just-hangin-out-with-my-family/princess/ and even then sometimes they get a storyline like that anyways]]. Also, Billie is half-chinese and not the best example of being whiter than an actual whiter girl.
27th Feb '17 1:37:46 PM MitchellTF
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** There's also the possibility it's because no posters equals WEIRD, and all serial killers are 'Weird'. Which is even MORE fallacious.
25th Oct '16 9:26:32 PM kazokuhouou
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* I don't get it. How can she get fired for that? Most places I've been to, if you're in a relationship with someone under you, you usually get transferred to another department or location to avoid the conflict of interest. Why wouldn't it be any different for Ruthless? Couldn't they just swap her with another RA?

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* I don't get it. How can she get fired for that? Most places I've been to, if you're in a relationship with someone under you, you usually get transferred to another department or location to avoid the conflict of interest. Why wouldn't it be any different for Ruthless? Couldn't they just swap her with another RA?RA or move Billie to another dorm? Hell, that might resolve Becky's living situation: Billie moves to another dorm and Becky gets Billie's old spot.
25th Oct '16 9:24:52 PM kazokuhouou
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* I don't get it. How can she get fired for that? Most places I've been to, if you're in a relationship with someone under you, you usually get transferred to another department or location to avoid the conflict of interest. Why wouldn't it be any different for Ruthless? Couldn't they just swap her with another RA?
21st Jun '16 1:48:37 AM dmh3000
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[[folder:White Washing]]
* A problem with how a lot of the social justice issues are portrayed is that they are frequently only brought up to motivate [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/settledown/ a white]] ([[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-6/03-when-god-closes-the-door/ginger/ Or whiter]]) character's story or character development. [[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/133911326532/the-storylines-over-and-now-that-it-is-i-wanted Willis even admitted]] To Those Who Ground Me was all about Joyce's character evolving. It just feels hypocritcal and insincere.
18th Jun '16 7:04:29 PM Discar
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* While I'm a fan of inserting social justice issues into a story, I have an problem with how Willis does them. Specifically, whenever the issues are brought up it's not to explore them or give them any real discussion, it's so that a white character (Or whiter character) can have a moment of character development or motivate some other plot development while the other person is relegated to the background. Sal experiencing racism from her parents was entirely so Walky could realise he was always the favourite brother. And the lesson he learns is he wants to be a good brother for Billie, not Sal. Becky being homeless after revealing she was gay has been more about Joyce adapting to this and realising her old home life is not as great as she thought it was while Becky just shrugs off any angst. [[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/133911326532/the-storylines-over-and-now-that-it-is-i-wanted Willis even admitted]] To Those Who Ground Me was all about Joyce. Carla experiencing transphobia had her relegated to the background so that Ruth could find out Mary knows about her relationship with Billie and end that. The only exception is Ethan, him wanting to go back into the closet was somewhat told from his perspective though a large chunk of it was about how it affected Joyce and Amber. It just feels insincere when Willis is ranting about how everyone else is bigoted but he keeps pushing these characters aside.
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* When operating as Amazi-Girl, Amber displays above-average-hand-to-hand combat skills and exceptional athleticism for a short-and-curvy girl who isn't particularly muscular or toned. While some of the hand-to-hand beatdown skills seem to arise from her rage-issues and repressed sadistic tendencies, is it ever explained if she did any training to gain these BadAssNormal skills?

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* When operating as Amazi-Girl, Amber displays above-average-hand-to-hand combat skills and exceptional athleticism for a short-and-curvy girl who isn't particularly muscular or toned. While some of the hand-to-hand beatdown skills seem to arise from her rage-issues and repressed sadistic tendencies, is it ever explained if she did any training to gain these BadAssNormal BadassNormal skills?
24th May '16 3:45:44 PM shirozaki
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** She mentions that her father has sent her to self-defense classes after Sal's robbery.
17th May '16 11:42:48 AM Nemo
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17th May '16 11:41:53 AM Nemo
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[[folder:Amber's superhero skillsett]]
* When operating as Amazi-Girl, Amber displays above-average-hand-to-hand combat skills and exceptional athleticism for a short-and-curvy girl who isn't particularly muscular or toned. While some of the hand-to-hand beatdown skills seem to arise from her rage-issues and repressed sadistic tendencies, is it ever explained if she did any training to gain these BadAssNormal skills?
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