I know people aren’t thrilled with Felicity’s wheelchair storyline. I know that a lot of you watched tonight’s episode and came away with how important of a role model she is for women in science and women in general, and that’s amazing - I did too! Felicity is an icon for young girls everywhere, she’s been an icon as a woman for every single one of us fans who watch Arrow every week and adore her. But I’m making this post to explain something. Do you know who she’s specifically an icon for now? Me.
I’m in a wheelchair. I don’t really discuss online why I’m in a wheelchair, but it’s a fairly recent development. I dealt with fairly suddenly being wheelchair bound, and I deal with it every single day. There are days that I wheel myself and manage to accidentally bump into everything and everyone in my path, like Felicity did at the beginning of 4x12. There are days that I sit here and miserably wish I could stand. But you know what? Like Felicity, I’m pretty badass too.
When Felicity Smoak sat up there to give her presentation, I saw my favorite character showing the world that women in wheelchairs are badass. In these last two episodes, I’ve watched Felicity struggle through what I’ve struggled through, and continue to help save her city and her company. For the first time, I’ve really seen me in my favorite character, and I’ve seen the potential that I have as a woman in a wheelchair. Emily Bett Rickards’ portrayal has blown me away, and this story means a lot to me.
The thing about Yumikuri and Bubbline being confirmed canon is that they were so heavily implied it’s not even a surprise. But the feeling of official recognition is just so amazing you have no idea oh my god.
the harry potter fandom embracing death eater imagery is not cool
the mcu cast and marvel staff embracing hydra imagery is not cool
impressionable children who don’t know better are being sold the images and logos of fictional extremist hate movements that are very clear metaphors for real extremist hate movements as something innocent and attractive, and that is not cool
my cat was going crazy over in a corner so i went to see what was happening and found this cutie!!
they’re quite possibly the tiniest lizard i’ve ever seen like just to put the pictures into more perspective, i have tiny hands and they just fit on to the tip of one finger.