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Manic Pixies

Someone on Tumblr recently reblogged one of my images and added the caption "perfect incarnation of a manic pixie dream girl." I'd respond, "online only." I feel much more of a connection to Eternal Sunshine's Clementine searching for her own piece of mind; don't assign me yours, than to the slim, sweet figures featured in Garden State or Elizabethtown or something similar. Yet people get attached to a picture and few tame musings and form a mental image of a person that doesn't begin to capture the essence a complex individual. Because that is the real problem with manic pixie dream girls--their lack of complexity. I'm quirky, yes. Have a pixie cut (and am petite): definitely. Manic? Some days. But to reduce someone's personhood to a simplistic term or expect to find a girl/woman content to make your life complete? So wrong. I'm not really offended someone thought I embody the term, more bemused by the ridiculous notion that any woman would fit that definition.

14 comments:

Inspiration partout said...

Amazing dress!!!

Jamie said...

Love the DIY bow belt! Where can I find the tutorial?

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Jamie, Sorry I don't have a tutorial. I just made it from scratch a couple of years ago with some vintage velvet I had lying around. Made it too quick to really write down the steps.

Jamie said...

Ahh, ok. No worries! I will try and do the same :)

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

Cute outfit! The giant bow is great! Perhaps your not a manic pixie dream girl, but a bookish photographer pixie-haircut blogger girl! :)
~Sara
Sincerely, Sara

Ashlyn said...

This video explains my issues with the trope pretty well:
http://www.feministfrequency.com/2011/03/tropes-vs-women-1-the-manic-pixie-dream-girl/

Hopefully you enjoy that!

Katie Frank said...

wow this pattern is gorgeous <3

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MarieBayArea said...

MPDG...I'm always learning new things on your blog. There is a good description of the term in wiki.

Lauren Sherritt said...

For awhile when I was younger, I really wanted to fit into that descriptor. Now I've realised that it's such a limitation, it's much better just being me!

Rebekah Bradford said...

So funny to see how people stereotype just from a picture! I do love your your dress though!

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Miche said...

So cute, love the little bow and the boots. Makes me sad winter is over :/

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Hannahbelle said...

Blogging is about facets!! We share some of ourselves, nto all of ourselves, with the world. Unfortunately that means that sometimes people can't imagine what the rest of your existence is like!

clarisse said...

i don't think the person who reblogged your picture with that caption meant it offensively. for example, many MPDGs are characterized as desirable women in movies and other media. i understand why you aren't too keen on it, but i'm sure the tumblr user didn't harbor any ill intent towards you.

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@clarisse, I know, but ignorance isn't always an excuse. As I say in the post above anyway though, I'm not offended they thought I was a MPDG--I just think it's silly they think any girl is one!