I fight like a girl. I fight like a girl who refuses to be a victim. I fight like a girl who’s tired of being ignored, humoured, beaten or raped. I fight like a girl who’s sick of not being taken seriously. I fight like a girl who’s been pushed too far. I fight like a girl who offers and demands respect. I fight like a girl who has a lifetime of anger, and strength, and pride pent up in her girly body. I fight like a girl who fights back. (insp.)
The sexism and internalized misogyny involved with the purposeful exclusion from Felicity Smoak in gifsets like “dc ladies + supporting each other” and “nonpowered dc ladies” is so glaringly obvious and also disappointing because Felicity Smoak has actually been the most supportive of women out of all the ladies. Felicity Smoak actually built relationships over time with Lyla, Thea, Laurel, Iris, Sara, Caitlin, and so on. She has given them advice. She has comforted them. She has given them strength when they were in doubt.
Even the male heroes have sought Felicity’s advice- Ray, Oliver, Barry Allen who went to Felicity for advice when he was at a loss because of Flashpoint, Cisco, and so on.
Felicity is the one who told Laurel to stop worrying about trying to be her sister, and to just be her own version of a hero, she’s the one who gave Laurel the strength to be her own Black Canary especially considering no one else believed in Laurel, and the one who went to Laurel to mourn when Oliver “died” after Ra’s Al Ghul. She’s the one who took care of baby Sara when Lyla needed it, the one who comforted and guarded over Thea when Oliver was “dead”, the one who shares dresses with Iris West, the one who forged a bond with Caitlin, who pushed past her envy of Sara to really see the hero that she is, who comforted Sara and made Sara feel like someone who isn’t a monster, who mourned Sara when she too died.
It’s just crazy to me because Felicity is actually the only female character in the Arrowverse with that many relationships with the dctv ladies and there’s an abundance of scenes and context to support it and the fandom erases her because of a stupidly raging need to hate Felicity for no reason.
Like okay you wanna hate Felicity? Cool whatever. But erasing the narratives of these female characters you DO like and prefer when Felicity actually canonically played/plays a significant role in their lives, when she has been in favor and support of these women at their lowest points (while mind you, none of these women ever comforted Felicity except Laurel) is disgusting. The fact of the matter is, you’re erasing the true narrative of a Jewish woman in STEM who is the glue between these women’s lives just because you don’t like her. These women like Felicity, these women LOVE Felicity. Y’all are always the first people to cry about the importance of “canon” but are the same ones who are selective and dismissive about it. Y'all are hypocritical and messy af.
Iris looking at Caitlin and asking her to face her worst fears to save her, and believing that she can fight off Killer Frost because she is strong enough, she is.
Caitlin facing her worst fear in order to save Iris - not because Barry’s asking her or Julian’s encouraging her, although those certainly helped, but because Iris is telling her she can, she believes in her and her strength of will.
You guys, seriously, it would have been So Easy for the writers to knock Iris out or have her too delirious from pain or fear to say or do anything, and to have Caitlin only doing this thing because one of the guys asked her to. But this little bit of agency, this connection from one woman to another, was so important.