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u gotta behave catra otherwise ur gf is gona stop this bike and force u to walk w her all the way back home

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u gotta behave catra otherwise ur gf is gona stop this bike and force u to walk w her all the way back home

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The future looks bright
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The future looks bright

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ppl be sleepin on these two

11 hours ago

ppl be sleepin on these two

here’s the link to donate to george floyd’s official memorial fund if you are able to contribute. if you can’t donate, please share. being black shouldn’t be a death sentence.

11 hours ago

here’s the link to donate to george floyd’s official memorial fund if you are able to contribute. if you can’t donate, please...

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The mean cat made me cry

12 hours ago

The mean cat made me cry

Perfuma: *sees a giant, sweet lesbian*

Perfuma: is anyone gonna emotionally take care of this or

12 hours ago

Perfuma: *sees a giant, sweet lesbian* Perfuma: is anyone gonna emotionally take care of this or

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feral brainwashed baby needs lots of hugs 

15 hours ago

feral brainwashed baby needs lots of hugs 

18 hours ago

So wait I'm confused? Why are so many people saying that Bow and Glimmer are bi or that calling them straight "erases their...

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catra that’s gay

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catra that’s gay

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You ever think about how it was looking at a younger version of herself that cemented Catra’s decision to cut Adora out of her...

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feral brainwashed baby needs lots of hugs 

20 hours ago

feral brainwashed baby needs lots of hugs 

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something cute for mermay.. thinking about the tiny pool behind our apartment that I always wish I could take a nap in 🐟📻

22 hours ago

something cute for mermay.. thinking about the tiny pool behind our apartment that I always wish I could take a nap in 🐟📻

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Modern Catra and Melog napping because Melog is the cat/therapist Catra never knew she needed

23 hours ago

Modern Catra and Melog napping because Melog is the cat/therapist Catra never knew she needed

Netossa: I'm going to reveal the weaknesses of my friends and absolutely wreck them.

Perfuma: Why?

Netossa: Spinerella is gone and she was like 90% of my impulse control.

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Netossa: I'm going to reveal the weaknesses of my friends and absolutely wreck them. Perfuma: Why? Netossa: Spinerella is gone...

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That’s it. That’s season 5. 

1 day ago

That’s it. That’s season 5. 

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I made some catradora posters this weekend!

1 day ago

I made some catradora posters this weekend!

Touching someone’s face to manipulate them was a frequently recurring motif in She-Ra. It’s especially associated with Shadow Weaver, who did it with Adora and Catra all their lives, raising them to have a twisted understanding of physical affection. I was really excited to see how they would reverse this motif in the final season and turn it into an expression of love and man.. it was even more beautiful than i couldve imagined

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So the first time we see this visual with catradora is in season 1, the Battle of Bright Moon. Catra touches Adora’s face in a show of power/manipulation, wielding her affection as a weapon. Clearly a trick she learned from Shadow Weaver.

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After this, we don’t see either of them touching the other’s face until the very last season… and it’s important to note it’s mostly Adora who’s doing it.

It makes sense that we never saw her touch Catra like this when they were cadets in the Horde because she didn’t have any role models to teach her what love looked like. The only way she knew how to express it was through protection. But being with the rebellion helped her understand. She came to think of soft touches as an expression of love instead of manipulation. And she does it for Catra three times throughout the season.

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Through these touches, I think.. I think Adora was unconsciously teaching Catra what she had learned about love from the rebellion. Catra spends several episodes observing how Adora conveys affection for her and she helps Catra come to a new understanding of this gesture, that touching someone’s face means you love them.. thus totally upending the ideas that Shadow Weaver poisoned them both with. And probably helping Catra heal from her particularly brutal manipulation in 2x06.

Remember (if we disregard the fake times, i.e. not dt/simulation/mind control), the last time Catra touched Adora’s face was that terrible moment in the Battle of Bright Moon when they were enemies. Four seasons later in 5x13 Catra decides to tie her fate with Adora’s, to stay by her side no matter what, even if she has to watch her die, even if it means they die together. That decision itself was a love confession but now, moments after Adora gently caresses her face in the most loving depiction of the motif yet, Catra finally understands how to translate her feelings into physical affection, too.

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Which leads to this last occurrence of it 😭 ….

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Overall this motif tells the story of how Catra and Adora redefined their understanding of love and physical affection… taking the evil version they were taught as kids and turning it into something selfless and beautiful. 

On a somewhat unrelated note, I think it’s interesting that the first face touch in the series is Shadow Weaver touching Adora in 1x01, and the very last one is Adora touching Hordak’s face as she heals him from Prime’s mind control. It says something quite profound about Adora’s journey… starting out as someone who got manipulated, and growing into someone who heals one of her own manipulators from manipulation.

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Touching someone’s face to manipulate them was a frequently recurring motif in She-Ra. It’s especially associated with Shadow...

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huuuh didn’t post this here,  have some wholesomeness :)

1 day ago

huuuh didn’t post this here, have some wholesomeness :)

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I’m happy we came full circle with the whole ‘I’m a hugger’ thing, but a little disappointed this didn’t happen.  We all know it...

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I’m happy we came full circle with the whole ‘I’m a hugger’ thing, but a little disappointed this didn’t happen.  We all know it...

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of course, your catra. she hoped you would come for her, poor thing. so all i had to do was wait. as she would’ve said, you are...
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of course, your catra. she hoped you would come for her, poor thing. so all i had to do was wait. as she would’ve said, you are...

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“Behind my eyes a familiar child   I take her hand and she finally smiles”
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“Behind my eyes a familiar child  I take her hand and she finally smiles”

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love is stored in the alien therapy cat

2 days ago

love is stored in the alien therapy cat

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catra + being protective of adora
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catra + being protective of adora

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i still cant believe catradoras canon………………….my girls…………

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i still cant believe catradoras canon………………….my girls…………

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“this can’t be what you wanted…”       “i’d rather see the whole world end…”      -  catra and bright moon

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“this can’t be what you wanted…” “i’d rather see the whole world end…” - catra and bright moon

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so i did a lil thing (sorry for it to be so long!)
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so i did a lil thing (sorry for it to be so long!)

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Me? All I do is hurt people. There’s no one left in the entire universe who cares about me.
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Me? All I do is hurt people. There’s no one left in the entire universe who cares about me.

2 days ago

Hey! Sorry to bother you, but I truly loved your 'you did something to me' Catradora fic! I keep going back and rereading it. I...

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*leans into the mic* lesbians

2 days ago

*leans into the mic* lesbians

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Glimmer and Bow, queen and king of brightmoon ✨💖🌕🏹

3 days ago

Glimmer and Bow, queen and king of brightmoon ✨💖🌕🏹

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ship of the year 2019

3 days ago

ship of the year 2019

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there’s more! and i’m now officially obsessed
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3 days ago

there’s more! and i’m now officially obsessed

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what she wanted to do ;)

3 days ago

what she wanted to do ;)

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daughter of athena  -   bonus:

3 days ago

daughter of athena - bonus:

3 days ago

i loooooved all of the outfits in s5!! what was the process for choosing adora’s “wish” outfit and hair?

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ok . interesting
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ok . interesting

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she-ra and the princesses of power (2018)  |  hercules (1997)
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she-ra and the princesses of power (2018)  |  hercules (1997)