A Tasting Menu of Female Representation:

The Bechdel:

two or more women talking to each other about something other than a man

The Mako Mori:

at least one female character with her own narrative arc that is not about supporting a man’s story

The Sexy Lamp:

a female character that cannot be removed from the plot and replaced with a sexy lamp without destroying the story.

Chef’s Specials:

The Anti-Freeze:

no woman assaulted, injured or killed to further the story of another character.

The “Strength is Relative”:

complex women defined by solid characterization rather than a handful of underdeveloped masculine-coded stereotypes.

The upcoming Netflix series Sense8 has 8 lead characters. 4 of them are PoC (Mexico, India, Korea and Kenya), the other 4 are white (USA, Iceland, Germany). 4 of them are female, with one being a trans woman actually being played by a trans actress, and one of the men is gay/bi. The show is going to explore gender, religion, sexuality, politics and identity, something most media endeavors tend to ignore.

You’ll find me tuning in on June 5th.

“Ghostbusters (2016) is not for this guy. He already has 2 great movies, a theme song, multiple toys, comics and props and 173 episodes of a hit cartoon show.

Ghostbusters (2016) is for this awesome little lady. She needs heroes too.”

(Source)

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#GirlsWithToys hashtag - part 35

What is this hashtag about? In short: the hashtag was born out of casual sexism by a male scientist. To read more about what spurred this response, read Kate Clancy’s (creator of the hashtag) article below:

Girls With Toys: This is what real scientists look like.

View my other posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7Part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18, part 19, part 20, part 21, part 22, part 23, part 24, part 25, part 26part 27, part 28, part 29, part 30, part 31, part 32part 33 and part 34.

On Building Better Male Protagonists

We need more women in the media on every level and in every aspect. That’s a given. 

We also need better men in the media, on every level, and in every aspect.

Women in the media still have to achieve twice as much as men to get half the respect, both behind the scenes and on screen.

Chris Rock, while remarking on Obama being the first black U.S. president, said “That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years.” This same sentiment applies to feminism. If we’re seeing more women in the media, it’s not because women have gotten better. It’s because men have gotten better. Ultimately, if we want to continue making things better for women, it’s men’s behavior that has to change. If we want to bring more women into male dominated fields, men need to stop creating hostile work environments for them.

And this is why I grow so weary of feminist media that continues to surround its female leads with Loveable MisogynistTM and Nice GuyTM male protagonists.

We need more protagonists like Steve Rogers, who accept rejection with grace, instead of treating flirtation like a sales transaction to be haggled over. We need more protagonists like Wade Wilson, a man in his mid thirties who thinks getting hit on by an woman nearly half his age is awkward and disturbing, instead of sexy, and who genuinely respects and admires his age-appropriate girlfriend who does sex work. We need more Fury Road version Max Rockatanskys, more Finn Damerons, more Peeta Mellarks, and more Raleigh Beckets.

I by no means want to devalue the importance of calling out problematic male behavior. On the contrary – it’s important to show that even well meaning men can unintentionally cause harm.

But there’s no point telling men and boys “what not to do” if we’re not also showing men and boys what they should be doing.

When the media fails to consistently portray positive male role models, the consequence of this failure is the normalization of male entitlement, casual misogyny, and other sexist micro-aggressions and macro-aggressions. 

Repeat after me: Jupiter Jones is not your “"strong”“ female character. She is not your female scifi hero. She is not there to shoot at bad guys or blow things up or demonstrate martial arts skills. 

Jupiter Jones is the well-written female character we’ve been begging for. We’ve been telling these writers to stop writing women who can karate-chop five men unconscious at once and write women who have goals and morals and personality and their own freaking story lines. And we’ve finally got one, and everyone’s complaining that she doesn’t have agency and that she’s not very well written. 

I’m sorry, but when did agency mean "ability to fight”? Jupiter spends the entire movie trying to make sense of this strange new world she’s been thrown into. When she’s not adapting her strange circumstance, she is questioning the capitalist ideals of an intergalactic society, negotiating her marriage to benefit the safety of her fellow humans, and choosing the welfare of her planet and all it’s inhabitants over her own life and her family’s lives. 

Sorry if you’ve got your narrative mixed up. Jupiter Jones is not your scifi hero. She’s a kickass space princess and I love her. 

“The lack of PoC in Frozen is definitely problematic and people should be calling the h*ll out of it. However, it confuses me why this otherwise very progressive and positive movie (when it comes to female representation and empowerment) is getting a disproportional amount of hate as compared to other recent works of animation – who’s got mostly good responses despite being guilty of the very same problem and, sometimes, are even more problematic than Frozen in other aspects.”

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Women of the Easter Rising

Countess Markievicz Born: Westminister, England
Although more than 100 women served actively in the Rising, the Countess is certainly the most famous. A revolutionary, suffragette and politician, Markievicz was a member of the Irish Citizen Army which was headed up by James Connolly. The Countess served as an Officer during the Rising, making her a decision maker and legally allowed to carry weapons. Markievicz went on to be the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons, but refused to take her seat. She was also one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922)

Elizabeth O’Farrell Born: Dublin, Ireland
Formerly a mid-wife in Holles Street Hospital, O’Farrell was one of the three women who were left last in the GPO. She worked as a dispatcher, delivering instructions to rebel outposts outside of Dublin. O’Farrell was picked by Pearse to deliver the order of unconditional surrender to the British and was imprisoned following the Rebellion. However, she was recommended for clemency given that she delivered the order of surrender to the other battalions. She remained active in politics until her death in 1957.

Margaret Skinnider Born: Coatbridge, Scotland
Serving as a dispatcher, sniper and raider, Skinnider told accounts of her time at the front line in a book about her life. She was the only female wounded in action throughout the Rising. When she was first imprisoned, she was seriously wounded and spent a long time in hospital. Writing about her time during the rebellion, she commented: “It was dark there, full of smoke and the din of firing, but it was good to be in action. I could look across the tops of the trees and see the British soldiers on the roof of the Shelbourne. I could also hear their shot hailing against the roof and wall of our fortress, for in truth this building was just that. More than once I saw the man I aimed at fall.”

Winnie Carney Born: Bangor, Northern Ireland
She was present with Connolly in the Dublin General Post Office during the Easter Rising in 1916. Carney was the only woman present during the initial occupation of the building, which she entered armed with a typewriter and a Webley revolver. While not a combatant, she was given the rank of adjutant and was among the final group (including Connolly and Patrick Pearse) to leave the GPO. After Connolly became wounded, she refused to leave his side. This was despite direct orders from Pearse and Connolly. She had earlier taken the wounded Connolly’s final dictated orders. Carney, alongside Elizabeth O'Farrell and Julia Grenan left the GPO with the rest of the rebels after their surrender.

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Brawny Features Strong Women in Flannel for #StrengthHasNoGender Campaign

Brawny launched the “#StrengthHasNoGender” campaign to celebrate “facing life’s challenges with strength of character,” Morgan added. The brand also touts the fact that 23 women were involved in the production. 

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Women On Canadian Money May Finally Be Possible With Confederation Bank Note

The Bank of Canada wants Canadians to help it design a bank note to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

This may finally be an opportunity to put Canadian women on the country’s money.

The bank has issued a call out to Canadians to “propose ideas for the design of a new bank note,” according to a Friday news release.

Canadians can submit their ideas on a web page titled “New Bank Note for Canada’s 150th” for a bill that is set to be available by Canada Day, 2017.

There are two requirements: designs must adhere to the bank’s principles for how bills appear, and they have to represent the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

That makes things a tad narrow when it comes to women — especially given that the “Fathers of Confederation” are credited with founding this country.

But there are plenty of Canadian women who ought to be eligible to appear on bills, and just because it’s Canada’s birthday it doesn’t mean they can’t be considered alongside the fathers.

Victoria-based historianMerna Forsterhas long worked to highlight women’s contributions to Canadian society.

Last year she started aChange.org petitioncalling on the Bank of Canada to put women on bank notes.

This year she started a website, “Women on Canadian Banknotes,” where the public was invited to design $100 bills featuring women.

Here are a few ideas that the website helped to generate.

Continue Reading.

I included a few notable women in Canada above but there is a lot more in the article.

Above: 

-Michaelle Jean: (former governor general)

-Kim Campbell: Canada’s first and only female prime minister

-Harriet Tubman: Helped hundreds of slaves escape from the US to Canada via the underground railway.

-Roberta Bondar: Canada’s first female astronaut and second canadian astronaut in space.

-Agnes MacPhail: First female elected to the house of commons.

newscientist.com
The lost women of Enlightenment science
It was the era that ushered in new ways of thinking. Yet most women weren't expected to have a voice in the debate. Here are some who made themselves heard.
By Patricia Fara

It was a time of explosive new ideas – political revolution, contemplation of the rights of individuals, the rise of scientific enquiry and a broader appreciation for the power of reason. Yet while the names most remembered from the Enlightenment era – Locke, Newton, Voltaire, Kant, Paine – belong to men, there were many women who participated in and influenced the intellectual upheaval of the time, sometimes in subtle ways, by using the only tools at their disposal.

Emilie du Châtelet was one such pioneering woman. She made use of her aristocratic background and connections with the upper echelons of society to involve herself in the philosophical debates of her day – and she used her sharp wit and mathematical aptitude to test the newest ideas in physics and convince her compatriots that Newton’s theory of gravity was right.

Find out more about Emilie du Châtelet: “The bold, brilliant woman who championed Newton’s physics

Yet du Châtelet was not alone. Meet other daring women of the Enlightenment:

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Could you imagine a MediAvengers Meta HBO Howling Commandos series.

And steve just getting really pissed off. 


Chorus girls walking around topless and *after battle sex scenes*.


The most ‘tragic love triangle ever told' 


The unrequited love of his loyal sergeant


The love of a man and a woman marginalised by society


Howard/Peggy is a legitimate relationship - open episode 2 with them fucking - hence the angst
 
Bucky clearly and painfully in love with steve - Queers can’t be happy
Steve wrestling with his demons and his love for peggy and bucky. 


Bucky dies more dramatically and more horribly. 


The roles of the Gabe Jones and Jim Morita are reduced 


and boobs. Agent Carters blouse is more undone and played by an American whose accent is rubbish and has none of Peggy’s curves 

Steve starts a campaign about how women are viewed in television. 
Steve: 'I just think, if you gonna do and show stuff like that, there should be stuff for the ladies too. The representation of women is a poor example to set for young people. Agent Carter, did not dress that way, it would of interfered with her work, plus the size of the actresses involved in this project, no person offence meant, did not reflect the figures at the time. There were gym bunny chorus girls! Peggy had a figure which I think girls today should aspire to. Besides, the show completely limited her role in the -’
Reporter: 'Mr Rogers, what about the proposed affair you had the Bucky Barnes.' 
Steve: *shrugs* 'It was war, emotions all  over the place, I love Bucky and I love Peggy - can we get back to female nudity I think thats more a pressing topic