fgc: female characters

Villains Week!: Let Me Introduce You To Someone Named Carmilla.

I would call this character more of a antagonist than a villain. It’s Carmilla, the female vampire who was biting women before Dracula was even put to paper. Carmilla or rather Mircalla, Countess Karnstein was written by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu as a serial in The Dark Blue from 1871 to 1872 as the first female vampire within vampire fiction to play a leading role and has been lauded as a LGBT horror icon ever since.

Carmilla has been featured in books, films, comics, music, television, stage, video games and even a web series. Some following the original story of Carmilla and her fascination with Laura. Others deviating to tell their own story. So if you’re looking for a story that follows a villainess that spans years and years of adaptations AND your a horror fan, Carmilla is a good choice,

Next Time: That’s the end of Villain’s Week so next week we will return to protagonists with one of a plethora from a horror series aimed for those just getting into the genre….that’s right we’re doing Goosebumps.

@imafangirlforalways tagged me to name my ten favorite female characters from 10 different fandoms and tag ten people to do the same, so here goes…

1. Penelope Bunce in Carry On, because she was both extremely intelligent and caring in her own special way.

2. Barbara Gordon in literally any incarnation of her throughout DC history, because she did not let anything stop her from being a hero. 

3. Violet Baudelaire, from the Series of Unfortunate Events, because she’s been a huge inspiration to me ever since I was super young, in both her taking care of her family and her ingenuity.

4. Diana Prince, or Wonder Woman, because, as a female superhero fan, it was AMAZING to see a female superhero who kicks ass and gets stuff done get her own blockbuster movie. 

5. Pepper Potts, from the MCU, because she runs SI and is totally amazing at the whole business deal, which we need more of.

6. Princess Allura, from Voltron, because I’ll never get sick of seeing nice people in leadership positions and totally killing it on the battlefield too.

7. Mrs. Hudson, from Sherlock, because it’s Mrs. Hudson.

8. Silena Beauregard, from PJO, because even after she made mistakes (or was tricked into making them), she still eventually did her best to help the right side and became a hero- and because love can be pretty powerful, an amazing motivator. (I would have picked Piper, but Silena will always have a special place in my heart.)

9. The Night Nurse, whichever incarnation you can think of, particularly the Night Nurse 2015 comic series (and Claire Temple, but she’s her own paragon of awesomeness, but it might have been cheating cause I already said the MCU), because sometimes it’s more important to make sure everyone is okay than it is to save the world. (and isn’t that a way to save the world, in and of itself?)

10.  Hazel Levesque, from HoO, because… do I need a special reason? She is incredibly brave, caring, and powerful, like all the other women on this list. She also overcame her own set of problems, like racism and emotionally abusive environments.

This was fun, and it was really hard to chose, which is a good thing! :)

I tag @bitch-i-mightwing413 @surprisinglyunhelpfulalien @whocanbelieve @buckysl3ftarm @damprophecy @becauseihateevrryone @shitstormandpizza @galahadwilder @kaged640 @sarcasticpeterparker

Unlearn internalized misogyny in your writing.

  • Femininity is not weakness 
  • Softness is not bad 
  • It is possible to enjoy both traditionally​ male activities and traditionally female activities 
  • Other women are not amoral temptresses or rivals 
  • There’s nothing wrong with a woman knowing she’s attractive 
  • There’s nothing wrong with a woman wanting to be attractive 
  • Attractiveness has no bearing on sexual desire or history 
  • Being sexually active has no bearing in a woman’s morals or character 
  • Not being sexually active has no bearing in a woman’s morals or character 
  • Weight is not a value judgment 
  • Attractiveness is not a value judgment 
  • Able-bodiedness is not a value judgment
  • The ability to bear children has no bearing on womanhood
  • The desire or decision whether to have children has no bearing on womanhood
  • Women can and do support each other, even when they’re working towards different goals 
  • Women can be friends even when they want different things 
  • Thin white women don’t have exclusive rights to femininity 
  • Butch women are just as validly women 
  • Queer women are just as validly women 
  • Women can be as vicious, cruel, petty, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and abusive as men, and they shouldn’t be excused from it because of their gender 
  • Being a woman has nothing to do with genitals, chromosomes, or physical presentation

“Female characters need to treated like humans” says the fan that doesn’t have the female character say more than one line in their fanfic, says the fan that uses the female character as a plot device to make the other man jealous, says the fan that makes the female character forget about their integrity and writes them like a bitch in their fanfics, says the fan that doesn’t even include females that are friends with the male they’re writing centric fanfics for, says the fan that their 20 chapter fanfic doesn’t even pass the bechdel test, says the fan that doesnt show any respect toward female characters.

“Female characters need to be respected” they say, without showing actual respect for the female characters for themselves.

Respecting female characters isn’t just on the creators of the show/movie/book shoulders, it’s also on the fans.

Why so clumsy?

Ever wondered why the female protagonists of novels are so often clumsy? It isn’t a coincidence.

It’s because authors have internalized the fear of not making their female characters too perfect, so they have to give them a flaw. But they can’t do something like make them selfish, or stingy, or arrogant, because any actual personality flaws are unforgivable in a female character (and think for a moment about all the male protagonists in literature who are selfish or arrogant). So they need a flaw that doesn’t reflect badly on the character.

They can’t make them ugly. Or fat. God forbid.

Ergo, clumsy. The only flaw female character are allowed to exhibit without taking endless shit for it.

It’s International Women’s Day!

So there you go, favorite moments of women supporting women in Mass Effect:
-Ashley telling Shepard she’s going to talk to Liara as soon as she hears Liara might not be well after the fall of Thessia
-Kasumi telling Shepard to be gentle with Miranda
-Tali saying “I’m not staying, I’m coming with you” right after getting Rannoch back
-“We can’t pretend to be anything other than troubleshooting space divas” “You know, that does sound pretty cool.”
-Tali introduced in a mission as the one handling hacking and security and Liara complimenting her, saying “we couldn’t ask for a better expert”
-Kasumi saying she gets Jack after doing her loyalty mission
-Actually all of Kasumi’s comments because she always has something sweet to say about the women around her, about how cute and great they are and how it’s necessary to be good to them all. Bless you Kasumi!
-Samara about Miranda: “Miranda is undoubtedly a hard woman. I respect her strength and determination. She carries many burdens, and doesn’t share them with others.”
-EDI asking Shepard to keep Samantha on board because she’s “extremely effective" 
-That place on Aria’s couch, the one she keeps for Shepard if she drinks too much at Purgatory
-Diana and Samantha constantly talking to each other despite us never seeing them in the same room, and they’re both curious about what the other is doing
-EDI saying tmi information about Samantha in front of others and Tali trying to save Sam by immediately starting a conversation about the rarity of herbed dextro cheeses.
-Jack and Miranda bickering in the Citadel party, getting past their previous conflict
-Nyreen and Shepard bonding over their need to protect innocents
-Shepard complimenting Samantha a lot, telling her "good catch”, “good job”, etc, making sure Sam knows her hard work is appreciated
-Jack telling Shepard she won’t let her down
-Ashley and Shepard no longer keeping count: “Lost count of all the times you saved me”  "Almost as many times as you saved me, hero lady.“
-"It’s been an honor, Tali'Zorah vas Normandy.”
-Urdnot Bakara telling Shepard that “Urdnot Bakara calls you a friend”

Feel free to add more :)

And ultimately, he explained, Sherlock is “the story of two blokes,” a fact he couldn’t change.
What am I supposed to do with that?” he asked. “Make one of them a woman? We chose not to do that.
— 

Steven Moffat, Radio Times 30 March 2017

If you want to do a feminist version of Sherlock Holmes stories… WHY NOT MAKE BOTH FEMALE???

But just leave them like they are and always were - together. This is where the story lies, in the relationship between the two characters of Holmes and Watson.

I have never watched a Sherlock Holmes adaption because I wanted to see strong female characters. I wanted to see Holmes and Watson, male, female, as mice, in the 1940s… that’s why I read the stories and came to the show.

Holmes and Watson don’t need a Mary, a mummy, a housekeeper, a lesbian dominatrix, a pining pathologist, a crazy sister, a controlfreak of a brother (they all feature only as minor characters or not at all in the original stories) - they need each other.

Inserting ANYONE - male or female - between them destroys the stories.

130 year old spoiler, Mofftiss! Go read the books!