handicapped badasses

Why Avatar the last Airbender and Legend of Korra deserves cred for pushing boundaries on stereotypes

One thing I absolutely love about Avatar the last Airbender and Legend of Korra is that they have really proved themselves worthy of some serious cred for going outside of stereotypes and showing us developed characters who are more than their gender, physicality, background, appearance etc.  

So let’s begin the count of things I’ve found particularly awesome about these shows 

  • Zuko switched sides (aka there is no definite bad guy/good guy)
  • Azula, a woman, was seriously the most skilled bender in the world until her breakdown (she could totally beat Ozai imo)
  • Killing someone isn’t always the answer (cred to Atla)
  • Killing someone is sometimes the best option (cred to LoK)
  • P’li was taller than Zaheer
  • Katara was taller than Aang in the beginning of their relationship
  • Katara was older than Aang
  • Toph was blind but still proved to be the best earthbender in the world
  • Ming Hua was physically disabled but still badass as fuck
  • Sokka loved both Yue and Suki, and displayed complexity in that 
  • Azula was the mentally strongest character during the series, but what she suppressed to be able to have that strength finally ate her up from the inside
  • Katara was a person of color/not animated with caucasian features
  • Legend of Korra has a female lead
  • Legend of Korra has a person of color as lead/not animated with caucasian features
  • Tattoos are a sign of wisdom, mastery and skill among air nomads, not criminality, irresponsibility and being immature 
  • There is no age discrimination. Skill and mastery come from all ages.
  • Asami runs her own business 
  • Jinora shaved off her hair proving skill is more important than expectation of long hair on women
  • Bolin is a very emotional and dramatic guy
  • Korra and Mako end on good terms instead of lovey dovey
  • Asami and Korra don’t let love quarrel get in between them (aka men isn’t the only thought on women’s minds)
  • Korra is a muscular woman
  • Korra has PTSD, which is much more realistic than bouncing up again like nothing happened + a support system of friends and family who don’t expect that from her either
  • There is approximately 50/50 badass guys and girls in both Atla and LoK

anonymous asked:

Am so pleased you loved Mad Max: Fury Road! I would love to hear your thoughts on how the female characters are portrayed compared with in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also wonder if you have seen Anita Sarkeesian's tweets proclaiming that Mad Max isn't feminist, which I couldn't disagree with more.

There were a few different parts to your ask, anon, so this ended up turning into a loooooong reply.

The main appeal of Mad Max for me personally is that it’s an amazingly well made action movie without any of the—pardon my French—unselfconscious dickwaving that makes the majority of action movies alienating for me as a female viewer. In fact, the film very clearly addresses how destructive toxic masculinity is. I wish I could say ‘big whoop’, but unfortunately this level of self-conscious criticism in mainstream films is incredibly rare, especially in the action genre. So just off the top of my head, here’s some of the things I feel Mad Max does differently from Age of Ultron (and the majority of other action movies out there) with respect to women and gender. (Mild spoilers under the cut.)

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surfcommiesmustdie  asked:

I just read the ask you talk about Jaime's hand, and I've been thinking about this for a while. Do you think he'd ever see Braavosi sword fighting as an alternative for him? I mean, it could probably be done one handed, and I reckon he's quick enough to be good at it.

It’s something I’ve thought about many times, too. I guess if Jaime got himself a water-dancing master fencer and had enough time to properly train with his left hand, he’d eventually become really good at it. He just has to learn a completely different approach to swordfighting, one that capitalizes on swiftness and agility instead of brutal strength. It wouldn’t necessarily be a problem for him, he has a natural gift for swordsmanship and he’s always been a very “technical” fighter. And the smaller, lighter blade of the Water Dancers would be much easier to wield with his left hand. (I’m going to admit that in my fluffiest headcanons, it’s Arya who teaches him… after beating him several times :P)

But realistically, I doubt this will ever happen in canon. Jaime has been sparring with Ilyn Payne, with rather disappointing results. It would take him… probably years of intensive training to make his left hand respond appropriately and master a new technique enough to be able to face an opponent with good chances of winning. Maybe with the 5 years gap it would have been possible, but as things are now, between Lady Stoneheart and the impending White Walkers apocalypse, I don’t think he has much time on his hands (heh) anymore.

Besides, the fact that his “glory days” as the best swordsman in Westeros are irrevocably gone is a HUGE point. One-handed Jaime is the subversion of the "handicapped badass” trope—if GRRM was playing it straight, Jaime would find that he’s Really Good At Fighting With His Left Hand Too!, with minimal training he’d regain his strength and skills, and his amputation would just make him all the more exceptional since he can only fight with one hand and he’s still Better Than Most. Instead, as it turns out, Ilyn Payne (who’s “as rusty as his ringmail, and not so strong as Brienne”) can beat the crap out of him. I don’t think this is going to substantially change. The loss of his sword hand was a definitive turning point for Jaime’s character, and I think Martin will never backtrack on it. Jaime will never be half as great as he used to be with a sword, period. Brienne is his sword hand now, just as he used to be Cersei’s. Sure, he can get a little better if he keeps training… maybe even be able to defend himself decently, if he learns to capitalize on the unpredictability of being a left-handed fighter and uses his golden hand as an additional weapon (as he’s sort of doing already)… but it’s time for him to learn to fight primarily with his wits, as Tyrion did for all his life. 

why you should totally go see Kingsman:

1. It’s fun and perfectly cheesy and doesn’t take itself too seriously


3. The girl who you think will be the male lead’s lame love interest is actually an amazing three dimensional character and doesn’t become a love interest at all but just badass friends with the male lead

4. sexy men in sexy suits

5.sexy girls kicking ass

6. an incredible poc handicapable BADASS character who gets shit done


some interesting tropes for peeta
  • Babies Ever After: With Katniss.
  • Berserk Button: Just don’t mention Katniss to him in the third book. And especially don’t leave her in the same room with him.
  • Disney Death: Has one of these on the first day of the Quarter Quell.
  • Distressed Dude: Is taken hostage by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire and throughout a part of Mockingjay.
  • Flirting Under Fire: Builds a romance with Katniss during the Hunger Games.
  • Handicapped Badass: Loses his left leg in the first book yet remains rather badass.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Peeta did stay to fight it out at the Cornucopia on the first day of the Hunger Games and apparently did some serious fighting- enough to get some bad cuts and a limp. Whatever he did, the Careers did decide to team up with him after seeing him in action and even Cato compliments his skill with a knife.
  • Survival Mantra: Not real, not real, not real, not real…
  • Through Her Stomach: Feeding someone, as a gesture of affection or an attempt to win it. Katniss really likes cheese buns.
  • Uptown Boy: A member of the merchant class who’s in love with a girl from the Seam. Once they’re both victors they’re on equal social standing, though.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: At first. His idealism gradually erodes as the series goes on.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Willingly goes back into the arena to try and protect Katniss in “Catching Fire” even though he still suffers from PTSD and terrible nightmares after surviving the previous one.