Just a Face and a Caption: Real Women Dont Wear Dresses get usage counts

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Big Scientist
This thing really only carries itself along on the caption. A woman police officer with a gun is standing next to a woman wearing a skirt holding a Something. Also the background is sorta blue. Maybe we could get a clearer image?
Blue Pacific, signing off...
Suggestion?
Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel.
Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
Teutonic Tomboy T-Girl
FWIW, the current one was chosen by a (rather long and drawn-out) Image Pickin' thread. I think it's OK, but it's a difficult one to depict.
4 Catalogue16th Mar 2012 08:05:06 PM from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Keep Until Better Image Suggested.
The words above are to be read as if they are narrated by Morgan Freeman.
5 Willbyr16th Mar 2012 09:43:29 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
Weak, but Keep Until Better Image Suggested.
Why does it matter that it's got a blue background? It doesn't make it any less clear than it already is.

Keep Until Better Image Suggested.
The Internet misuses, abuses, and overuses everything.
7 lu12717th Mar 2012 04:16:33 AM from 七夜 , Relationship Status: Loves me...loves me not
Idea: Joining these two pics of Sonya Blade from the Mortal Kombat film:

[1] [2]

Caption would be "Before dress, after dress"
9 JapaneseTeeth17th Mar 2012 08:10:34 AM from Meinong's jungle , Relationship Status: Mu
SPLATOON
Yeah, I'm going to say Keep Until Better Image Suggested as well.
10 Madrugada17th Mar 2012 08:12:35 AM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
I really like the Sonya-before-and-after. I'd say Keep Until Better Image Suggested, but I really think that's a much BIS
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Big Scientist
I like the Before and After thing. It's kinda hard to show in just one image, really.
Blue Pacific, signing off...
Keep Until Better Image Suggested
Joined the pics together. Just a try:

Before the dress, after the dress

edited 17th Mar '12 8:05:00 PM by peasant

Alternative, break it up into two separate pictures with the respective quotes under each picture:

Sonya Blade:
Before the dress
After the dress

edited 17th Mar '12 8:11:34 PM by peasant

"A woman is shown as weak, incompetent, and ineffectual in this trope unless she dresses and behaves like a man. A common variation on this is to present a woman as superior because she's 'not like other women.' Another variation is a Tomboy and Girly Girl scenario, where the tomboy is presented as superior."

What do those have to do with that, at all?
Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel.
Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
The dress is used as a visual shorthand to reinforce that the Action Girl is now a Distressed Damsel. While serving as the Action Girl, Sonya wears more gender-neutral/less girly attire. When she gets captured, she's suddenly and for the first time, in a dress.

In short: The girlier her attire, the less competent and more helpless she seems to be.

edited 17th Mar '12 8:33:10 PM by peasant

17 Willbyr18th Mar 2012 08:47:54 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
I'd be fine with the two-paneler of Sonya...we don't have to have two separate captions.
Big Scientist
Sonya is fine with me.
Blue Pacific, signing off...
19 Catalogue18th Mar 2012 10:03:03 AM from where the good times are
A pocketful of saudade.
Sonya is fine too...
The words above are to be read as if they are narrated by Morgan Freeman.
20 JapaneseTeeth18th Mar 2012 10:43:21 AM from Meinong's jungle , Relationship Status: Mu
SPLATOON
@Rodney: In the first picture she dressed in more masculine clothes and is shown being competent by beating a guy up. In the second one she's dressed in feminine clothes, and appears to be in a distressed damsel situation.

Picture looks good to me.
^ My question was "what does that have to do with the trope?", and that isn't an answer.

It isn't "the same female character is strong in pants but weak in a dress". Even if some tangential connection could be made, that is really weak. The current isn't great but I think the MK one is worse.

edited 18th Mar '12 2:37:57 PM by rodneyAnonymous

Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel.
Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
I like the Sonya picture. The Silent Hill one is kind of innacurate; if Cybil is the tough competent one, than why is she the one who gets killed?
23 FinalStarman18th Mar 2012 03:48:13 PM from Clinton, Massachusetts
Y'know, I'm gonna say, "Keep," on this one. Keep. The image is as explicit about showing the trope as any will get. The blue in the image is not hurting it, in my eyes.

[up] Vasquez Always Dies, I think.
24 JapaneseTeeth18th Mar 2012 07:56:48 PM from Meinong's jungle , Relationship Status: Mu
SPLATOON
@Rodney: Going with Peasant's definition of the trope (which I think is a good summary of it), we have a woman shown being competent while being dressed and acting in a masculine manner, and being incompetent while dressed and acting in a stereotypically feminine manner. It shows the "Masculine = competent, feminine = incompetent" aspect of the trope in way that the current image doesn't.
So kicking is competent and being imprisoned is incompetence? I gather it seems like this is just being contrarian or something, but I at least get a tiny whiff of the right message from the current image and nothing at all from that suggestion.
Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel.
Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.

Image Pickin: Real Women Dont Wear Dresses
22nd Mar '12 8:14:59 PM
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