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

 1 Bluesunnyday, Fri, 16th Mar '12 7:00:13 PM from The Blue Lagoon
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 Catalogue, Fri, 16th Mar '12 8:05:06 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 Willbyr, Fri, 16th Mar '12 9:43:29 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 lu 127, Sat, 17th Mar '12 4:16:33 AM from the Forest of Thorns Relationship Status: Loves me...loves me not
Not seeing a big problem.

Keep Until Better Image Suggested.
小さく揺れた向日葵
Idea: Joining these two pics of Sonya Blade from the Mortal Kombat film:

[1] [2]

Caption would be "Before dress, after dress"
 
 9 Japanese Teeth, Sat, 17th Mar '12 8:10:34 AM from Meinong's jungle Relationship Status: Mu
YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE ME!
Yeah, I'm going to say Keep Until Better Image Suggested as well.
 10 Madrugada, Sat, 17th Mar '12 8:12:35 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
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
 11 Bluesunnyday, Sat, 17th Mar '12 4:20:54 PM from The Blue Lagoon
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 Willbyr, Sun, 18th Mar '12 8:47:54 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.
 18 Bluesunnyday, Sun, 18th Mar '12 9:51:28 AM from The Blue Lagoon
Big Scientist
Sonya is fine with me.
Blue Pacific, signing off...
 19 Catalogue, Sun, 18th Mar '12 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 Japanese Teeth, Sun, 18th Mar '12 10:43:21 AM from Meinong's jungle Relationship Status: Mu
YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE ME!
@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 Final Starman, Sun, 18th Mar '12 3:48:13 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 Japanese Teeth, Sun, 18th Mar '12 7:56:48 PM from Meinong's jungle Relationship Status: Mu
YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE ME!
@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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