Thank you to @alliswell21 for her friendship and betaing this story. Also to my talented friend @Kleekclutch for the wonderful banner. Here’s a small snippet…
“Didn’t mean to startle, you,” Peeta said apologetically, slipping his hands into his pockets. He looked so larger than life in her empty store. His forearm muscles were quite impressive. She’d never noticed just how broad shouldered he was or the way his butt filled his pants. He was dreamy and sinful like a good piece of decadent cake. She swallowed, feeling bad for thinking these thoughts about him. “You were singing, and like a sailor of old, I came by the call of the mermaid’s song.”
Her eyes grew bigger than her head after such comment.
I keep seeing tweets like “okay so america is a dystopian novel now wheres the 16 year old girl to save us” and other condescending shit like that and i just….
where are the girls who are saving us you ask?
oh i don’t know, they are at the Oceti Sakowin camp fighting for the right to clean water and treaty rights. They are protecting their land and water against heavily militarized police forces.
They are and have been at many Black Lives Matter protests. Girls have fought against police brutality in black communities. Women, in fact, are among the top leaders of that movement.
They are the muslim girls who continue to fearlessly wear their hijabs in public despite rampant islamophobia.
And there were plenty of teenage girls at the women’s marches across the country.
So while a single Katniss Everdeen figure has yet to emerge, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t exist. Because young women are protesting every day. They are the Katnisses and the Laia of Serras and the Aelins and the Mare Barrows and the Nehemia Ytgers and the Lihn Cinders that you’ve all read about. These girls exist.
Realize that the fallacy of most dystopians, and many books, is that they often presents a single cohesive narrative of revolt and change. And in our huge, wide world, that is not how change works. But the books themselves are not incorrect in assuming that young women will be the arbiters of change. They are spot fucking on.
With Wonder Woman’s release we seem to be forgetting that there have been other amazing female role models in the past, so I decided to make a post dedicated to some other bad ass females and awesome role models. Unfortunately, I’m apparently only able to upload ten photos, so I’ll have to leave my fave Disney and Ghibli characters out of this list, maybe I’ll do another one.
Shout out to Maria from The Sound of Music, Veronica from Heathers, B'elanna and Seven of Nine from Star Trek Voyager, Arwen and Tauriel from LOTR/The Hobbit and literally every female from Star Wars (I could do an entire post on them).
And if you have a problem with Elle Woods, fight me. She’s the best role model here.
Someday I’ll explain it to you, why they came, why they won’t ever go away. But I’ll tell you how I survive it. I make a list in my head, of all the good things I’ve seen someone do. Every little thing I can remember. It’s like a game. I do it over and over. Gets a little tedious after all these years, but… there are much worse games to play.