The [2009 Copenhagen climate change] summit had developed into another grudge match between the developed and developing worlds. China, India, and Brazil were refusing to sign an agreement that would commit them to even incremental steps to curb emissions. Diplomats from 193 countries wandered the bright hallways of the Bella Center in a state of fretful energy.
With failure looming, [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton telephoned [President] Obama and urged him to fly to Copenhagen to try to break the deadlock. His political advisers were opposed, not wanting to pull the boss away from a crowded domestic agenda for a diplomatic caper that looked as if it was going to end badly. Obama, though, had promised, like Clinton, to get serious about climate change. He trusted her diagnosis: that only the American President could broker a compromise. So on the evening of December 3, 2009, he ordered Air Force One fueled up for a flight to Denmark.
Twenty-four hours later, he was being briefed by an exasperated Clinton inside a small coffee bar in a shopping mall adjacent to the conference center that had been closed for the meeting. When it became clear that the Chinese delegation was trying to water down any agreement, holing up in a conference room with windows taped over to conceal their dealings from the Americans, Obama and Clinton decided to take matters into their own hands. They set off to confront the Chinese in person, fast-walking down a hallway and up a flight of stairs, panicked aides in chase, before they ran into a Chinese official in the doorway, waving his arms and shouting, “Not ready yet.”
Confusion swirled as Clinton and Obama tried to find out who was in the room with the Chinese. An advance person told them it was the Indians, the Brazilians, and the South Africans. Now Clinton was mad: The Indians had told American officials they had already left for the airport. A major developing country was lying to avoid dealing with the United States on climate change? She and Obama looked at each other in disbelief. “C’mon, let’s just do this,” he said to Clinton. She moved first, ducking under the outstretched arm of a Chinese security guard and barging into the room, which drew a collective gasp from the leaders huddled around a conference table. Obama was right behind her. “Hi, everybody!” he bellowed, like a dad coming home early to find his teenage kids throwing a keg party in the backyard. “Mr. Prime Minister, are you ready to see me now?” he said, turning to face the nonplussed Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, who was anything but.
This story about President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton teaming up like they were in a buddy-cop movie and crashing a meeting at the Copenhagen climate change summit is one of my favorite anecdotes from the Obama Administration.
08/ 2009 - 3/2017 Facebook decided to remind me of my senior picture. So I figured why not do a comparison pic. Words cannot express how much I hated taking that first picture. So happy to finally be living as myself.
Okay, so because I have way too much time on my hand, I decided to compile a list of non-sexualized female video game protagonists, from oldest to newest, as a sort of follow up to that post I made that exploded in popularity.
Samus Aran (Metroid, 1986)
Princess Peach (first playable in Super Mario Bros. 2, 1988)
Rosella (King’s Quest IV, 1988)
Laura Bow (debuted in The Colonel’s Bequest, 1989)
Emily Hartwood (Alone in the Dark, 1992)
Terra (Final Fantasy VI, 1994)
Valanice and Rosella (King’s Quest VII, 1994)
Jennifer Simpson (Clock Tower, 1995)
Jill Valentine (debuted in Resident Evil, 1996 and was in RE 3 in 1999)
Eva Brea (Parasite Eve, 1997)
Claire Redfield (debuted in Resident Evil 2, 1998. Also in Code Veronica, 2000, Revelations, 2012 and Revelations 2, 2015)
Coco (Crash Bandicoot 3, 1998)
April Ryan (The Longest Journey, 1999)
Maya Amano (Persona 2, 1999)
Alice Liddel (American McGee’s Alice, 2000)
Joanna Dark (Perfect Dark, 2000)
Miku Hinasaki (Fatal Frame, 2001)
Rebecca Chambers (Resident Evil Zero, 2002)
Alex Roivas (Eternal Darkness, 2002)
Heather Mason (Silent Hill 3, 2003)
Mio Amakura (Fatal Frame 2, 2003)
Madotsuki (Yume Nikki, 2004)
Rei Kurosawa (Fatal Frame 3, 2005)
Zoe Castillo (Dreamfall, 2006)
Amaterasu (Okami, 2006)
Chell (Portal, 2007)
Faith Conners (Mirror’s Edge, 2007)
Jeanne D'arc (Jeanne D'arc, 2007)
female Commander Shepard (Mass Effect, 2007)
Ruka Minazuki (Fatal Frame 4, 2008)
Any of the female Borderlands protagonist options (Borderlands, 2009)
The female protagonist from Persona 3 Portable (2009)
All six sisters from The Path (2009)
Lightning (debuted Final Fantasy XIII, 2009 and in Lightning Returns, 2013)
Yuuri Kozukata (Fatal Frame 5, 2014)
Aqua (Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, 2010 and A Fragmentary Passage, 2016)
Aveline de Grandpre (Assassin’s Creed Liberation, 2012)
Serah Farron (Final Fantasy XIII-2, 2013. People might disagree with me on this one, but I really don’t think her default outfit, aka the one that most people are going to be familiar with, is anything “bad” at all.)
Clementine (The Walking Dead Season 2, 2013)
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider reboot, 2013)
Fiona (Tales from the Borderlands, 2014)
Max Caulfield (Life is Strange, 2014)
female Jesse (Minecraft Story Mode, 2014)
Amanda Ripley (Alien Isolation, 2014)
Ellie (The Last of Us Left Behind, 2014 and The Last of Us Part 2, 2018? We don’t know for sure yet)
Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2, 2014)
Fetch (Infamous First Light, 2014)
Kinzie (Saints Row Gat out of Hell, 2015)
The female option from Splatoon (2015)
Lorraine (The Park, 2015)
Fran Bow (Fran Bow, 2015)
Michone (The Walking Dead Michone, 2016)
Emily Kaldwin (Dishonored 2, 2016)
As you can see, there’s a lot of characters here, with a good number of them ten years or older and some even 20+ years. That doesn’t even get to customizable “blank slate" characters from games like Fallout, Saints Row, or Elder Scrolls where you can make them as sexy or modest as you want. And of course, this is by no means a complete list; I like to think I know a lot about video games, but obviously I don’t know about literally every game in existence. Pretty sure I got all the dates right, but if I didn’t, feel free to correct.
You know what? Looking at this list makes me realize how little Tumblr talks about Resident Evil and Fatal Frame, two horror game series that have more than their fair share of non-sexualized female protagonists. In fact, a lot of horror games have them. And RE is a very well known and influential series, so you can’t exactly pull the "it’s just a cult classic” excuse on that one, as well as for Silent Hill 3. It just seems like whenever Tumblr talks about female characters in horror games, they always make it seem like they’re always Ashley-esque damsels, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. What’s up with that?
Anyways, I could also go on and on about awesome non-sexualized non-protagonist female characters like The Boss, Brigid Tenenbaum, Elanor Lamb, almost all the gals from Overwatch, Chun-Li, Rosalind Lutece, Liara T'soni, Yuna (yes, I know she’s sexualized in X-2, but I still love her to death even though I prefer her X characterization as I related to her more in that one), Celes, Zelda, Billie Lurk, and much more, but I’d probably be here forever if I did that. @danguy96, @unhappy-opinions, @takashi0, @vikinglumberjack, I hope I’m not being a bother, but I don’t suppose you could spread this around since you’re all mutual that spread my original post as well.
Rictor (Julio Esteban “Ric” Richter) is afictional comic book superhero in the Marvel Universe, who appears in the X-Men family of books published by Marvel Comics. In subsequent years, the character was featured as a member of the original New Mutants team and the original X-Force team. Rictor's mutant powers were to generate seismic energy and tremendously powerful vibrations in any nearby object, inducing earthquake-like phenomena and causing objects to shatter or crumble.
Responding to fan interest in the gay subtext surrounding the character in Jeph Loeb's X-Force run, Rictor’s kiss with teammate Shatterstar in the pages of X-Factor vol.3 in 2009 became the first depiction of a same-sex kiss in a mainstream Marvel Comics publication. Since then, Rictor has been written as an outed gay man who is fully accepting of his sexual identity, and one of the few gay superheroes in the Marvel Universe.