I have to make this post because the fandom is pissing me off right now.
Let me explain to you a thing.
I’ve seen a lot of posts where people are calling Korra many names—most of which I will not repeat here, though I’m sure many of you have seen them. Note that the intention of this post is not to defend her actions or critique them, because that’s not what I’m angry about. I’m angry about the massive double standard that the fandom is applying to female characters compared to male characters.
Case in point: Zuko. We all loved Zuko. Zuko was a total dork. But he had a lot of problems, too. He was rude to his uncle, who had cared for him and watched over him, and he said terrible things to Iroh and even abandoned and betrayed him. He was an extremely flawed character who made a lot of mistakes. He was hotheaded and angry and had a lot of pent up anger at the adults in his life and he always seemed to take it out on those who cared about him and trust those who he should have been suspicious of.
Zuko was definitely a jerk at numerous points in the series. He did some pretty bad things and said much more horrible things to Iroh than Korra has said to either her dad or Tenzin. But I never saw nearly as much fandom hate towards Zuko as I’m seeing for Korra. It was always, “Poor Zuko, he has been through so much”, “Zuko is such a complicated character”, “Zuko is just trying to find his own way”, “no one understands what Zuko is going through”, or “Zuko is so misguided”—I can go on and on. I think I’ve made my point.
How come when Korra gets angry at the adults in her life (for arguably justifiable reasons) and says unkind things to those who love her, and trusts her uncle, who is elitist and seems extremely untrustworthy, no one says “Korra is just misguided, no one understands how she feels.” Instead, she’s an immature bitch who has learned nothing from the events of Book 1. Korra wants to make her own decisions and have agency, something she was denied her entire life. No one questioned Zuko’s desire to make his own decisions; they mourned the fact that he didn’t listen to his wise uncle, but admired his courage and will, and most of all respected his autonomy—this is something that is automatically granted to male characters but something female characters somehow always need to earn. True, Korra has a lot to learn—but why does that have to be a bad thing? It means she will grow as a character. And to do that she has to make her own decisions, however wrong they might be.
So, according to the fandom, Zuko was misguided but Korra is a bitch. I think there is some serious subconscious misogynistic thoughts polluting this fandom, and that people have to be aware of it. It’s okay to not like Korra as a character, or to have problems with the plot or the writing. But beware of double standards when criticizing a female character, because that is very much NOT okay.