Now, admittedly I have already talked about this way back in Chapter Five about how Clare is trying to make Jace better than your average boy. I really didn’t talk about how Clare is trying to make Clary unlike other girls though. I should have, but it slipped my mind, and for that I’m truly sorry. I’m sure as hell going to talk about right the fuck now. Way back in Chapter 2, Luke tells Clary that since she is an artist she sees the world differently. Then we have gotten it twice from Clary that Clary thinks that she is better than other girls because She never checks out and giggle over boys. Then Hodge gushes over the fact that Clary loves books, and it all stinks of, “She is not like other girls so she deserves happiness” bullshit.
There is also a bit of body shame here in this chapter. Dorothea makes a comment about girls having meat on their bones back in her day, and Clary immediately compares herself to the perfection that is Isabelle, It really stinks of body shaming, like it either bad to be fat or being skinny like Isabelle is bad. And no, I not saying that a woman or a girl can’t be self-conscious about their weight or appearance. However, when you stack the possible body shaming against Clary’s own negative reactions towards other girls and women and it really makes me side-eye that whole passage.
Now, I’m going to add in Jace here. Jace plays piano, and knows about herbs, so he’s not like other boys (and apparently excuses all the terrible shit he’s done in the book so far). Then add to the fact that during the card reading later on in the chapter which Dorothea says outright that Clary is going to fall in love with the wrong person (which is obviously Jace) and it’s already pretty clear that despite Jace’s controlling and obsessive attitude towards Clary, she is still going to pursue a relationship with him anyway. This is just cherry on top of a bad themes sundae. I’m going to break it down the themes here:
- Only special people can have happiness
- That showing attraction, and owning your sexuality is bad.
- That it’s okay to compare and compete for another’s person attention.
- That it’s okay to pursue a relationship with a person that treats you like shit
This is exactly why this book, no this complete entire series needs to be openly talked about and discussed. This is one of the biggest reasons why I’m spooking this entire series. The stuff in this chapter is just as toxic and damaging to young people as” Twilight” ever was. Yet, only a very few people are talking about ‘The Mortal Instrument’ series, but yet everyone and their mama has talked about “Twilight”.*sigh*
ETA: If you want a really good sporking of Twilight, then please check out Das Mervin’s Twilight Sporkings.