Toph’s Pointing Out That She Is Blind Photoset | Requested by puzzlegirlsandpoprocks
Toph is the best.
Toph’s blindness was one of the most excellently handled aspects of AtLA because it wasn’t treated like a disability. So often in shows (and especially children’s animation) disabled characters are limited to apperances in “very special episodes” where the main characters have to learn a lesson that these people are capable “in spite of” their handicaps, like that episode of Kim Possible wherein Kim constantly stumbles over herself around Felix. This approach is often just as insulting as making them the butt of jokes, because it’s patronizing and it limits the amount of roles disabled characters are allowed to have.
Avatar challenged that stereotype with Teo, and then sent a giant middle finger its way by introducing Toph. She’s turned what would otherwise be a disability into an advantage, and she’s not afraid to crack jokes about it. She functions well enough that the other characters often forget that she is blind, but at the same time it’s an integral part of her bending and allows her to be the greatest earthbender ever. It sends a powerful message that having a physical disability does not make you less of a person, and often affords you a unique perspective that the so-called “normal” people never get to experience.
One of the many reasons I love this show.
This was the post I was talking about. So well written!
Jamming on this bus, loving these new noise canceling headphones I picked up for a steal at $10! I can finally block out the heavy seat person breathing above me and the ratchet arguing with her boyfriend on the phone in the back! Perfect!!! at MTA B46 Bus- To Kings Plaza – Preview it on Path.
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No no no. Timmy was the sexist one. Not on purpose. He was ten. Many ten year olds go through this phase. Cosmo said this ironically, using Timmy’s thoughts against him. You see; this comes from a historical Fairly Odd Parents era where Cosmo was actually smart (though he did have random, idiotic, moments) and he and Wanda actually thought of gentle and creative ways to teach Timmy lessons instead of spending every episode acting like idiots as they chase after that purple baby that Cosmo gave birth to.