So Nyxweaver and Femtg have extremely similar icons (kiora w/ and w/out flower crown) and I keep thinking Nyxweaver ist smashing the patriarchy, when suddenly I see it is signed by Puck and I realize that it is Femtg smashing the patriarchy.
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.
Let me take one moment to thank this fantastic online Magic the Gathering community for not lashing out at me or any other feminists in the community in a violent or insulting manner–or for the most part, at all, actually.
I’m sure you’ve all heard about what happened with Anita Sarkeesian, and I’m neither going to explain my feelings on that (should be self-evident) or Anita herself in this post, but just so you guys know, I’m very thankful that overall, this amazing community has been very welcoming to me (and Alma too, as far as I know). It’s good to know that I won’t be threatened with violence when I make a post or respond to one. Even people that disagree with me are, a majority of the time, very respectful, and I respect that.
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?
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!).
“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!>
You guys are asking so many feminist theory questions today! It’s really neat.
I’ve lost some followers today and I’m assuming it’s because of the amount of feminist theory questions going on but… that’s literally half the blog so idk why you would follow if that’s a problem. I’m probably gonna tag stuff feminist theory for navigation purposes though. And if for some reason you really wanna follow the blog but don’t want the… feminism…???? then you can blacklist it.
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.
I played my first game of EDH yesterday (a good four-person game). It was really fun! And I even won, but I think that’s more of a nod to my boyfriend, since it was his Progenitus deck. Still, I might actually build an EDH deck sometime soon…
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!
First of all, I’d really like to conduct a giveaway on this blog, with five separate winners.
I’d like to giveaway a signed copy of each mono colored female planeswalker: Chandra Nalaar, Nissa Revane, Liliana Vess, Tamiyo the Moon Sage, and Elspeth Tirel. This isn’t happening quite yet (because I have to both obtain the cards and get them signed, etc) but when it does happen I’ll let you guys know!
Secondly, thank you all for sticking with me despite the sincere lack of posting! 3rd shift job has me very very busy lately. I’m trying to be online more and active in the community.
Lastly, I am going to start sharing information about Ferguson. I know that it’s not Magic related, but I do not care; it is important that everybody knows what’s happening in the United States right now, and it’s important that my fellow white people understand the full extent of it and do whatever they can to help, share and spread information, and support the black community during this time of extreme racism, violence, and police brutality. Expect posts about this soon, and yes, it will be tagged in case you really need to blacklist it—I understand that this information can be very, very triggering.