Anonymous asked: Trisha was never prettily ~sitting~away~ she was a busy single mother who was taking care of two kids, winry and Trisha were both hard workers
I know. I’m definitely not saying that being a housewife is bad or weak or unfeminist. But most of what we see of Trisha is a) in flashbacks, and b) as a gentle, supportive mother figure. She’s a passive figure whose death is meant to provide manpain to her husband and sons.
Winry is a character with her own backstory, plots, and motivations. She disagrees with people; she gets angry; she cries when things go wrong. Winry is a fully developed character, and her existence does not rely on Ed and Al. Unlike Trisha, Winry can and does exist, and even thrive, without them.
ok, i didn’t want to confront you or anything since i felt like you were just shootin’ off in your original post rather than asking for real discussion, but now you’re seeming to fail to get what the issue is with your original post.
I absolutely agree that the fact Trisha’s character mainly serves as a mother/wife figure through the lens of the living men in her family, so they can remember her in an idealized fashion and angst is problematic. She is definitely underexplored and underdeveloped as a character, compared to basically most of the other characters, including Winry. That should be criticized and is an undeniable flaw in the text.
That, however, was not what you were complaining about at all in this post. You explicitly said Trisha was somehow lesser for being drawn wearing a skirt (and Winry would be to) (wtf) and that Trisha sat prettily by the window and waited (which is patently untrue, she was an extremely hard worker). Neither of these are real issues from our context at the very least and both of them are problematic things to say. Saying Winry wearing a skirt undercuts her being dedicated to her career as a mechanic somehow, that it automatically makes her Trisha 2.0, and moreover wearing a skirt=being like Trisha= being passive and not hardworking and just waiting around is like??? I don’t even know where to start???
actually I do, because I did a post on the subject
Note that Winry is shown working on automail while wearing a skirt. There is absolutely nothing “bad” or impractical or undercutting of her as a character about this- clearly when Winry does “light” automail work, she throws an apron over her clothes (which are usually skirts because Winry likes skirts! and automail! at the same time! radical!). When it’s heavy junk, she puts on coveralls/sports-bra ensemble.
Meanwhile PINAKO WEARS A DRESS AND APRON WHILE WORKING ON AUTOMAIl 100 PERCENT OF THE TIME. Pinako, whose character is pretty much mostly defined by having an obstinate, contrary personality and being a good and dedicated mechanic, but is also clearly someone who is dedicated to her family and a bit domestic. Winry is Pinako 2.0. if she’s taking up the legacy of anyone (especially considering she explicitly refers to her gran as her idol and mentor in the guidebook).
Winry was wearing a skirt when she welcomed Ed and Al back in the manga, is she somehow lesser because of this?
And on a side note, any discussion of Trisha that implies she is never shown getting frustrated/angry or disagreeing with her family in the text is factually wrong.
Not as significantly as Winry, no, but it’s not like she never scolded anyone.
Moreover, a discussion of Trisha shouldn’t leave out that her values/teachings are shown to have shaped Ed and Al’s personality pretty significantly, both in regards to value for life and for Ed, even specifically how he relates to Al/shows affection for others.
So yeah. A discussion of how Trisha functions in the narrative and the ways in which she is underexplored and underdeveloped is important. Unfortunately, you were not doing that.