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8th Feb '17 10:06:51 AM PeppermintTwist
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* ''Film/GlenOrGlenda,'' directed by and starring the infamous Creator/EdWood, is one of the most notoriously awful movies of all time for its rambling narrative, terrible dialogue, and all of its nonsensical scenes and asides... but it's also a surprisingly open-minded film about transgender people, crossdressing, and anyone who oversteps society's "accepted" gender roles. It presents some ideas that would be laughable today, such as the idea that the titular Glen only crossdresses as Glenda because he needs a "perfect woman" in his life and that developing an interest in housework and cooking will "make" a man into a trans woman, but the movie also [[ValuesAssonance condemns those who would use religion to demean these people]] and asks that the audience be open-minded and accepting of them.
8th Feb '17 7:43:11 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* The famous ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' radio miniseries "The Clan of the Fiery Cross" gets quite a lot of well-deserved praise today for being one of the first works of mainstream American pop culture to portray the Ku Klux Klan (or a thinly-veiled {{expy}} of them, at least) as villains, explicitly calling out their racism and xenophobia as "un-American" and inviting ordinary Americans to harass and disrupt them by any possible means. By today's standards, though, it might seem a bit odd that the family that Superman defends from the Klansmen are not rural or working-class African-Americans (the most frequent target of the Klan, by far), but heavily Americanized middle-class ''Chinese-Americans''. And the story takes pains to show them as educated, well-to-do business owners who speak flawless English, as if they would have been too hard to sympathize with if they hadn't been the absolute image of respectable white-bread Americanness. As progressive as the story was, it was still a product of the 1940s; it was daring enough to take on the Klan, but not quite daring enough to show Superman siding with Black Americans.



* The Meiji Era (18681912) language and educational reforms of Japan now look like efforts to eradicate dialects and enforce a single, very specific restrictive standard on people, but at the time they were enlightened efforts to create class equality and open up scholarship to the lower classes by making scientific or literary writing accessible to people who couldn't afford years of education in heavily Chinese-influenced writing.

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* The Meiji Era (18681912) (1868–1912) language and educational reforms of Japan now look like efforts to eradicate dialects and enforce a single, very specific restrictive standard on people, but at the time they were enlightened efforts to create class equality and open up scholarship to the lower classes by making scientific or literary writing accessible to people who couldn't afford years of education in heavily Chinese-influenced writing.
22nd Jan '17 2:15:06 AM TheHeadlessCabbage
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** And many sharecroppers were former slaves who couldn't find any other work.
20th Jan '17 9:29:34 AM Allronix
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* In Lee Falk's ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', Mandrake's BlackBestFriend and [[BashBrothers Bash Brother]] is Lothar, an African Prince of a federation of jungle tribes and "the strongest man alive". While this may seem stereotypical, Lothar was portrayed with great respect and dignity compared to almost any other black characters at the time.

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* In Lee Falk's ''ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician'', Mandrake's BlackBestFriend and [[BashBrothers Bash Brother]] is Lothar, an African Prince of a federation of jungle tribes and "the strongest man alive". While this may seem stereotypical, Lothar was portrayed with great respect and dignity compared to almost any other black characters at the time. [[note]] This made it much easier than it could have been when WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth was made in the Eighties, and Lothar was upgraded to TheBigGuy and GeniusBruiser for the team [[/note]]
19th Jan '17 5:28:01 AM DarkStorm
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** On the other hand, Jinjur is expelled by the all-female army of real soldiers fielded by Glinda the Good. So it's not exactly The Patriarchy Strikes Back.

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** On the other hand, Jinjur is expelled by the all-female army of real soldiers fielded by Glinda the Good.Good, and replaced on the throne by another woman, Queen Ozma. So it's not exactly The Patriarchy Strikes Back.
8th Jan '17 3:45:52 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Despite Disney's [[OldShame current stance]] on ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', that movie portrayed Uncle Remus (who was a sharecropper, not a slave) as the only intelligent, mature person in the movie, whereas the white people were portrayed as idiots. Without Uncle Remus, that family would have fallen apart, and the movie says so. The film gets a lot of flak for presenting "happy slaves"... [[HateDumb even though Remus was a sharecropper, not a slave.]] It also is criticized for Remus' "exaggerated" accent and dialect, despite the fact that it is realistic for its time period. The actor who played Uncle Remus, James Baskett, originally auditioned for a bit voice acting gig. Walt Disney liked his performance so much that he was given the roles of both Uncle Remus and Br'er Fox, and Disney did quite a bit of work behind the scenes to get the Academy to acknowledge Baskett's performance with an honorary Oscar-- and that right there is the definition of this trope: the very first Oscar awarded to an African-American male, yes, but an "honorary" one.
*** Sharecroppers lived one level above slaves.

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* Despite Disney's [[OldShame current stance]] on ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'', that movie portrayed Uncle Remus (who was [[InsistentTerminology a sharecropper, not a slave) slave]]) as the only intelligent, mature person in the movie, whereas the white people were portrayed as idiots. Without Uncle Remus, that family would have fallen apart, and the movie says so. The film gets a lot of flak for presenting "happy slaves"... [[HateDumb even though Remus was a sharecropper, not a slave.]] It also is criticized for Remus' "exaggerated" accent and dialect, despite the fact that it is realistic for its time period. The actor who played Uncle Remus, James Baskett, originally auditioned for a bit voice acting gig. Walt Disney liked his performance so much that he was given the roles of both Uncle Remus and Br'er Fox, and Disney did quite a bit of work behind the scenes to get the Academy to acknowledge Baskett's performance with an honorary Oscar-- and that right there is the definition of this trope: the very first Oscar awarded to an African-American male, yes, but an "honorary" one.
*** ** Sharecroppers lived one level above slaves.
4th Jan '17 5:20:04 PM WarriorsGate
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* Many of the stereotypical "Jewish" surnames such as Rosenberg or Goldstein are actually ethnically German, and very common among pureblooded Germans. In the early 1800s, the German government announced that, if Jews wanted to be citizens, they had to Germanize themselves, which included taking "official" German surnames instead of traditional Hebrew ones. While the idea of stripping away someone's identity may seem highly inconsiderate, this was also the first time Germany even suggested that Jews, after centuries of living as eternal immigrants, could even '''be''' citizens of Germany at all. As to why most of those Jews with German surnames are in the United States, well, let's just say [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany there was a backlash towards the Germanization of Jews]].

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* Many of the stereotypical "Jewish" surnames such as Rosenberg or Goldstein are actually ethnically German, and very common among pureblooded Germans. In the early 1800s, the German government late 1700s, Austrian Emperor Joseph II announced that, if Jews wanted to be citizens, they had to Germanize themselves, which included taking "official" German surnames instead of traditional Hebrew ones. While the idea of stripping away someone's identity may seem highly inconsiderate, this was also the first time Germany even it was suggested that Jews, after centuries of living as eternal immigrants, could even '''be''' European citizens of Germany at all. As to why most of those Jews with German surnames are in the United States, well, let's just say [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany there was a backlash towards the Germanization of Jews]].
4th Jan '17 5:10:17 PM WarriorsGate
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** Woman citizens of Rome also had a shockingly high position in society for two thousands years ago. Although they were nominally kept out of public life such as government office and under their father's control, these holdovers laws from the Roman Kingdom gradually withered away until, by the point of the late Republic, their enforcement was sporadic and largely a formality. There are numerous anecdotal accounts of women being shrewd business owners, money-lenders, landowners, and factory managers, and they seemed to be thoroughly entrenched in the economic dealings of Rome (since they weren't technically "great" public figures, not much was written at length about them). The Roman Republican views on divorce and free love were also very forward-thinking; nobody batted an eyelid at a married noble living together with a woman of lesser station, provided he didn't try and screw his legal wife out of any of her rights such as legitimizing his children.


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* Many of the stereotypical "Jewish" surnames such as Rosenberg or Goldstein are actually ethnically German, and very common among pureblooded Germans. In the early 1800s, the German government announced that, if Jews wanted to be citizens, they had to Germanize themselves, which included taking "official" German surnames instead of traditional Hebrew ones. While the idea of stripping away someone's identity may seem highly inconsiderate, this was also the first time Germany even suggested that Jews, after centuries of living as eternal immigrants, could even '''be''' citizens of Germany at all. As to why most of those Jews with German surnames are in the United States, well, let's just say [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany there was a backlash towards the Germanization of Jews]].
4th Jan '17 10:05:02 AM BigJaredMonkey
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** Roddenberry actually went a bit further than most people knew when it came to having a female in the chain-of-command. When [[ExecutiveMeddling canned the idea of Majel Barrett as the second-in-command]], Rodenberry then tried to slip it in the back door by having ''Uhura'' be the ship's second officer after Spock instead of Montgomery Scott, reasoning that a bridge officer would make more sense for such a task. The network didn't catch on to this trick until shooting had already started on the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of," at which point they once again tanked the idea of a female commander for Enterprise.
31st Dec '16 5:25:22 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Remembering that these episodes originally aired in the early-to-mid 1970s:
** "Tiger, Tiger": This TropeyComeHome episode that revolved around the Brady's pet pooch, which saw him father a litter of puppies, came long before the "have your pets spayed or neutered" mantra, most famously popularized by Bob Barker in the fall of 1981, more than 11 years after this episode originally aired. This episode, in fact, hearkens from an era before awareness of over-population issues, and dog and cat owners weren't necessarily expected to have their pets castrated.
** "My Sister Benedict Arnold": Marcia, an eighth grader, being allowed to date a high school sophomore. Today, Mike and Carol would put a parental stop to it and characterize the boy, Warren -- even if he had no ill intentions (which is likely) -- as one who preys on junior high students. (Warren, in the end, ends up establishing a relationship with another junior high-aged girl and classmate of Marcia's, Kathy Lawrence. Greg had invited Kathy over to the house, a situation that today would have Mike angry, and not just because of the reason in the episode (using Kathy to irritate Marcia, in retribution for asking Warren -- a guy Greg disliked for a number of reasons -- out), but because of the implications that Greg, too, would be seen as a predator.)
** "Cyrano de Brady": High school junior Greg coming on to an seventh-grader named Kerry, if only to scare her off and try to point her towards Peter, this after Kerry gets the wrong idea that Greg was trying to ask her out but was using Peter to be his Cyrano. Today, Mike would have warned Greg not to do that again -- it would lead to some wrong ideas -- and that simply explaining things to Kerry (or asking him or Carol, or even her parents) was the appropriate step.
** "Bobby's Hero": Bobby bringing a toy gun to school and getting off with little more than a stern warning to never do it again. A few years later, Bobby would be fighting expulsion.
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