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I genuinely hate the terms “geek girls,” or “nerd girls,” or “gamer girls,” or anything like them, because they are almost exclusively used by geek or nerd men to either 1) explain why these women are fakes and shitty or 2) why these women are great (as if we’re a fucking hivemind) and fuckable and how badly they want and deserve them. 

Miss me with this shit.

Women who enjoy geek or nerd activities and interests, if you use the term to describe yourself, that’s fine and this rant is not at all directed towards you. 

Women of Magic: Aurelia, the Warleader

I thought I would kick off the first article with a recent card, an angel we all know (and should definitely love): Aurelia, the Warleader. And she’s absolutely fantastic. 

Sure, she has flying, vigilance, and hast, untaps all your creatures for you, and even gives you a second battle phase—but that’s not why she’s great. At least, that’s not the greatness I’m talking about. 

Look at those burning eyes, that fiery disposition, those elegant wings, that dignified posture! Did you ever think an angel could be so intimidating? Did you ever think a woman could be so intimidating? 

I chose Aurelia for the first “Women in Magic” subject for these very reasons, not to mention that anyone who’s picked up Gatecrash swag or looked at the spoilers online have seen her before. She’s an excellent addition to the legions of female characters in M:TG, and I’m proud to be a part of the gender. She’s strong, determined, and I would guess she has an unbreakable will, considering she’s the Boros guildleader. She’s impressive, she’s powerful, and she’s going to kick your creatures’ asses to the graveyard; what else could you ask for in a woman? 

Women of Magic: Trostani, Selesnya's Voice

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Oh Trostani, the mystical and mythical three-headed dryad. Upholding all three Selesnyan values, order, life, and harmony, she leads her peoples with an enchanting way unlike any other guildmaster. She looks serene and commands with a gentleness, and she is encouraging to her fellow Selesnyans. 

Her soft and sweet manner are what landed her this spot on Women of Magic, as most women that have been featured so far have been forceful, with a rough attitude of a warrior about them. It was time for a little change and to show that even those who are kind and caring can be strong and yielding. Suchlike is Trostani, who, like the sturdy, thick trunk of a tree supporting its branches, supports the guildmembers and leads with a respect for peace and harmony. She raises an army to save and protect, not to destroy chaotically; she brings together her guild: “In each of us is the strength of all of us." 

But while Trostani may be regal and kind, she’s not foolishly so. She admits that "some cannot be saved as they are, but all can serve the Worldsoul,” showing that she knows when to pass judgment on those who truly need it. Her love of order and harmony and life, along with her grace and earthy disposition, all make her a strong and beautiful leader (and woman, too!).

Women of Magic: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

“You, cathar! Save this shiny rock, or save the lives of your fellow warriors?" 

Thalia, in case you missed this part back when Avacyn Restored was coming out, explodes open the Helvault and chooses to save her comrades. How predictable! 

Why was that predictable? Because we knew that Thalia was a faithful, loyal guardian of Thraben and all it’s inhabitants: of course she was going to save the lives of her fellow men instead of attempt to save the Helvault. This is one of the reasons I really love her. 

Thalia is portrayed to us as a very strong female character; hell, she’s the guardian of Thraben! That’s a big responsibility for anybody to have, especially on the storm of awful that was Innistrad before Avacyn escaped the Helvault to clean things up. In her art we see her standing proud and tall, sword raised to the sky: just the way a good female warrior would look. She looks ready to charge in and do anything to defend her home, and her flavor text backs that up: "Thraben is our home and I will not see it fall to this unhallowed horde." 

Thalia is a truly wonderful representation of a classical female warrior, even if she is "tricked” by Liliana—at least she saved the lives of those men fighting along side her (and Thraben never fell anyway, so…)! Thank you to mtgspot for suggesting her for this Wednesday’s Women of Magic feature!> 

Sexism in Magic: the Gathering?

Oh, I’m sure you’ve all heard the same spiel: girls play games; girls are good/bad at games; girls are told to get back in the kitchen by guys who play those games too. You’ve all heard it a million times before, I’m sure. Yet, despite how much people are sick of hearing about it, it’s still an issue. As a female magic player, it’s a prevalent problem for me, and I can’t stress it enough: sexism isn’t cool and shouldn’t tolerated or ignored.

I personally know a lot of people who think that this issue is blown out of proportion, that it’s not a big deal, or that it doesn’t even happen.  

Actually, that's not the case. Sexism in digital and tabletop/analog gaming does occur, and it is directed towards women. I’m not saying that every guy who got pissed at an opponent that beat him and happened to be female is a sexist pig (because no one likes getting beaten at the game that much, come on! Admit it.), but it is a problem in the community. 

Did you know that Jackie Lee Alters, a professional female M:TG player, was harrassed when she went to a tourney in Baltimore in Februrary 2011 and made the semifinals?  Seriously. Everything you can imagine from the classic, stupid kitchen jokes to objectifying her, and it was all because she’s a woman. At the time, she was the only female on the Top 100 list of players. Even that wasn’t enough to garner her the respect she deserved from hundreds online, because apparently being a girl and playing Magic is a crime. 

I will make this post short and sweet, and let this issue be revisited another time. I’ll leave the answer option open for anyone that wants to share an experience or ask for advice. 

To men who have issues with women who play games: get over it. Women are just as capable, intelligent, and game-loving (even geeky!) as you. Stop being sexist and stupid. 

To women suffering through being bullied for playing games: keep on playing and tell people who don’t like it to shove it! Do what you love, even if people try to keep you down. You’re as good as anybody else (even men. Imagine that.) and can do whatever you want. Keep playing, keep winning, and most of all, keep having fun. 

Women of Magic: Liliana Vess

Oh, my dear, lovely Liliana. You were the first planeswalker I ever owned and you were the center of my first constructed deck (mono black discard, for those wondering). You’re so precious to me. 

Oh yeah, and you’re absolutely kick-ass

Seriously though guys, I adore Liliana Vess. She’s an incredibly strong female character, but she manages to stay super sexy and deadly. Gorgeous and one mean necromancer, is there anyone out there that can honestly say they haven’t been charmed by Liliana? I love her poise and the way she just ruins everything with her own problems… you know, like the entire plot line of Innistrad. Not to mention I completely fell in love with her voice and everything in that Avacyn Restored trailer that Wizards put out. Furthermore, her cards are usually pretty badass. The classic Liliana Vess card served me well in my first deck… I still have her. She gives me great nostalgia from time to time. 

But I digress. Liliana is an admirable female planeswalker because, while kind of.. you know.. evil, she’s evil whilst kicking all kinds of ass and taking all kinds of names (or Helvaults. Whatever.). This seductive-but-deadly woman will tragically sweep you off your feet (get it?) and then bring you right back from the dead to use you again. Perfect? I think so.

Women of Magic: Chandra Nalaar

 

Wednesday, June 3rd , 2013

Yes, I am quite fond of Chandra. Who can resist that fiery hair, that flaming personality, and that roaring disregard for any and all authority? It’s not hard to figure out why Chandra is a wonderful woman in the Magic: the Gathering universe. She has screeching independence, an almost incomparably strong force of will, and an unchallenged love for burning stuff.

Chandra grew up in a village and was always feisty, even from the start. She had a tendency to get into trouble and she even burned the village down. Her spark ignited, and I mean ignited, and she became the lovable, destructive planeswalker we know and adore today.

So what’s not to love about Chandra? She’s got a short fuse and a lot of determination to keep her independence, which is certainly admirable; any other person in the multiverse would attest to her strength, agility, and her cleverness (she fooled Jace—now isn’t that a feat?). Her desire to be free is probably what I love the most about her. She represents female liberation, a break from stereotypes of women that require them to be calm, demure, and sweet. Chandra roars through life on waves of fire, unafraid and intimidating. 

Here’s to Chandra Nalaar, liberator and pyromaster!

anonymous asked:

I just saw your post about working on a manifesto. You know who has manifestos? Terrorists, that's fucking who. Don't be that girl. The fix for "sexism in the mtg community" is to have people understand that there isn't anything to discriminate with. There are just mtg players and non mtg players. Ps your blog needs more n00d selfies xoxo gossip queer

I will file this under “things I will not dignify with a proper response.” 

All though, for the record, I find it funny that I’m a girl that runs a blog, and I get an anonymous message demanding nude selfies. Have any of you guys running your blogs gotten a request for nude selfies? If not, I’m not surprised; if so, I’m still not that surprised—but I’d love to know how you responded to such requests, haha. 

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Hi guys! College is hard and stuff. I’m sorry I’m bad at being a blogger.

Good news, though! I’m beginning to put together my feminist manifesto, which means that soon this blog will have a link to said manifesto! All though it will be altered a bit to fit the needs of the blog (kinda like a feminist geek manifesto). I will probably also offer a link to the real, completed thing as well, so anyone who is interested in this admin’s political views can read it. I’m excited about starting to truly integrate feminist theories into this blog. I hope everyone continues to be supportive. :)

A Post Long Overdue.

I meant to post this forever ago, when it actually happened, but I never got around to it.

I’d really like to thank anyone who bumped my blog. I appreciate the support and it’s nice to feel liked in this awesome community. n_n