• doesnt understand the gaza confict
• kind of an asshole
Don’t date men who disrespect women, doesn’t matter if he’s nice to you. If he’s constantly disrespecting other women, nah.
If he’s constantly disrespecting other women, he’ll get around to you sooner or later.
wow that’s actually tamora pierce
Rest in peace, Oberyn Martell, a pansexual man of color who defined himself entirely through the relationships he had to the women in his life.
A man who loved his sister and loved to sass so much he couldn’t figure out TO STAY OUT OF FUCKING ARM’S REACH OF THE MOUNTAIN ARE YOU INSANE
there are so many others that can explain it better than i can but i’ll try
firstly i’ll just start off by saying that caleo is probably the weirdest ship i’ve encountered in the pjo fandom, and it’s canon. it makes no sense and it’s basically a really bad, shitty “character development” plot for leo. i’m not even sure calypso’s fully consenting about the relationship bc of the whole curse thing (but feel free to correct me if i’m wrong.)
leo doesn’t need a girlfriend. none of the characters in these books needs a relationship to survive, but they all have one, and i think rick was probably like “lol leo has to have a gf” when he was writing the caleo chapters. so now after all the annoying comments about how he’s lonely and single, he gets a girlfriend without any effort just because he needs to have a relationship, just like the other characters.
leo wasn’t even there for long on that island, and yet he gets a girlfriend in like, what, two weeks maybe? even less? and the whole “i’ll come back for you” thing is also bullshit, they’ve known each other for such a little time and god it’s just so badly portrayed and ew.
tl;dr leo does not need a relationship, he needs character development that doesn’t include him getting a freebie girlfriend and calypso should get a way better story arc than “became bitter after percy left, cursed annabeth, got leo in exchange”
i agree with everything you said plus i felt like rick totally fucked up calypso’s personality because of the whole nerdy boy wish fulfillment bullshit. when calypso meets percy, she’s nice, gentle, if a little reluctant to engage because of her past with falling in love with heroes. the first time leo meets calypso, he describes her as a popular high school girl cliche, and an angry one at that. rick riordan is even helpful enough to tell us that the popular girls bullied the shit out of leo and thought that they were “so superior.”
calypso doesn’t like leo because he’s runty and doesn’t look like a hero, which just??? doesn’t seem like the calypso we met in botl. leo, on the other hand, doesn’t like calypso because she’s hot and is “way out of his league.”
this narrative robs the girl of her autonomy and leaves her as someone upon whom the boy can project his ideal girl fantasies. leo only begins to like calypso when she’s more real to him, and he equates this realness to wearing jeans, and getting her hands dirty. rick riordan changes her to make her more attractive to leo, while leo??? doesn’t experience any change past “oh this girl is pretty cool now that she’s on my level.” it’s an affirmation of the idea that the nerds can just sit back and have faith that they’ll eventually win over the hot girl. yeah, nice guys not finishing last, whoop-de-doo rick. it creates a massive sense of entitlement, and even if leo isn’t overt about it, it still propagates a harmful trope.
plus rick riordan, as always, seems intent on teaching his female readership that they can’t look hot and have personalities at the same time.
We all just in here cause we took a wrong turn going to church. Listen. What you did or didn’t do, that shit’s irrelevant now.
I was there too