geminidragonjasminealexandra said: I hated her character sooo much! She was a Mary Sue to a T! This is the kind of character that objectifies female roles in the media.
Despite whether or not you hate Mona Lisa, there’s no way she could be construed as objectification. She didn’t stand around waiting to be rescued. She wasn’t an object for the male characters to fawn over. She had her own reasons for hunting down Captain Filch and stopping him from causing more harm. Sure, she was upset about her physical transformation (who wouldn’t be), but she didn’t let that stop her. How can she be a case of objectification when her main attributes were portrayed positively and were never depicted as overpowered (such as with the case of Venus di Milo)?
If you want a case of objectification, take a look at the OT’s April O’Neil. I don’t recall a single time she ever did anything besides get captured and need rescuing or just stand by and observe the action instead of taking an active part in it or try to do something beyond get her big scoop. Even Irma did a lot more than just get captured and stand around. And this is coming from someone who looked up to OT April O’Neil and wanted to be her as a kid (I still love her, but she’s not a good example of a “strong female character”). Even today the thing she’s most “celebrated” for are her assets i.e. her big breasts. 98% of fanart of OT April reflects this, which would be fine (I love me some smut) if it weren’t the majority. There’s something wrong if a character is primarily remembered for her sex appeal rather than her personality.
Mona Lisa is so popular with a lot of us because she wasn’t just a love interest—in fact, you could hardly call her that because all she did was flirt a little with Raph (in order to get on the boat). They never kissed or confessed their feelings for each other or did anything beyond work together to stop a bad guy. Mona was a rare female mutant (mutated by different means than the turtles) who was not only an intelligent college student, but someone with compassion and bravery. She didn’t get tied up by Don Turtelli and tickle tortured while waiting for the turtles to rescue her. And she survived a big ass explosion.
It’s perfectly understandable to dislike a character, but it’s absurd to state she’s just an objectifying Mary Sue when she clearly isn’t.
Fred Wolf April was largely a waste of space: there was plenty of potential for her to be more, but the writers wasted it. It wasn’t that she couldn’t fight, but that her potential for using her intellect and human connections was sidelined in favour of having her be kidnapped fifty million fucking times, and that she wasn’t funny.
As far as Mona Lisa goes, I support her existence. I mean, yeah, we need more female mutants, and there’s nothing wrong with Turtles having love interests. And she was also a female character with a backbone.
Though yeah, parts of her episode do read like a “Mary Sue” story, in the accepted meaning of an idealized self-insert who gets to hang with (and possibly bang) one’s favourite characters. Nothing about Mona Lisa is inherently fanfic-y, but the way certain things are portrayed, and the way they all pile together, feels so familiar.
It’s not because she’s a potential love interest (or as far as the old cartoon was willing to go), or the way she’s aware of the TMNT and eager to meet one, or the way she quickly outclasses Raphael at some things…it’s just that, put it all together and it just strikes me as fanfic-y, even if none of those things are inherently bad.
The joy of having a female mutant character, and one who can stand up for herself. however, outweighs this, so Mona Lisa grew on me.
go to vogue.co.uk and type (on your keyboard) up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A and watch what happens when you keep pressing A
I’m laughing so hard right now I’m crying.