This title has some infamy among users of the site for its obscurity. Many are mystified as to why it has yet to be renamed. For those not aware, the title is a Japanese metaphor- women are like Christmas Cakes in that no one wants one a Christmas Cake after the age of 25, and no one wants to marry a woman who is over 25 years old.
I requested a lock on a previous cleanup thread on Christmas Cake
) because the opening post specifically disavows the possibility of a rename. Reading over this conversation, though, I question the rationale behind this assumption. The main problem with the trope is that its definition is such that it refers to any unmarried woman over the age of 25 regardless of context. An unmarried woman who lives with a man for several years but is over the age of 25? Technically she's a Christmas Cake
. So are women who have no interest in marriage whatsoever. But a woman who's 24 years old and whose entire character arc involves being constantly pressured by her family to find a husband? She is not
a Christmas Cake
, even though she epitomizes everything tropeworthy about this topic except for the fact that her number's wrong.
Why this page is obsessed with using a number to determine whether a character falls under this trope as opposed to their actual situation is a mystery to me. This would be much easier to manage if we make the whole Christmas Cake
thing a footnote and make the actual trope centered around the idea of an Old Maid
- which so far as I can tell is what this page is supposed to be about but we're causing needless confusion by instead sticking with a term that has only ever been used in Japan, and which fell out of popularity over these several years ago.
Given the sheer mis-use of this title across the wiki, the proper course of action to me seems pretty obvious. So here's a crowner
to rename the trope and another crowner
for a new title.
edited 7th Dec '10 8:47:41 AM by SomeGuy
See you in the discussion pages.