my feminist heroes

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so I suck at making comics but this has been on my mind for a few weeks and after I watched the movie I decided to sketch it out. I want to colour it in but I have to go to work soon so alas, no time. 

this might sound exaggerated, but honestly, I got some pretty terrible comments when I made my hijabi-superheroes a few years back. There was a lot of wonderful support, but there were also a lot of the demeaning comments that thought it was hypocritical for a Muslim woman to look up to a hero and to imagine a hijabi superhero. So I guess this is just a psa to my fellow feminists. 

I’m gonna go on a quick rant on feminism/femininity and Disney here.

Originally posted by disneylandwheredreamscometrue

It just riles me up when people seem to get the idea that femininity means a lack of feminism. When people take a look at the girl in the pants and the girl in the ballgown and says the one in pants is more feminist and empowering than the one in the dress. The whole point of one of the many aspects of feminism is that as women we have the right to choose to be and wear whatever we want. A woman in a dress is just as feminist as a woman in a burqa, and they’re both just as feminist as a woman in a suit or a woman in a bikini. And beyond clothing, a woman who’s married and in love is just as feminist as a woman who’s single. Here’s where Disney comes in, no one princess is a better more feminist role model than another. It’s important to have more than one type of role model yes, but just because one girl likes to fight and another girl likes to sew, it doesn’t mean that one is a better role model. All the princesses and other Disney ladies have good values to teach us and our kids in different ways and I’m gonna go through them with you.

Originally posted by badxbaby

Snow White:

For one thing this girl is 14. She is a child and her outlook on the world and her dreams in life shouldn’t be measured up to an adult’s. She’s kind, caring, and yes, she does dream of true love’s kiss. But she’s 14. When I was 14 I was dreaming of the same damn thing. But what we can learn from her is that when you care for everyone, even strangers, you’ll see that kindness returned. When she’s lost in the woods and scared for her life, she still finds the strength to be kind to the animals. In return they show her to the Dwarves’ cottage. She’s sweet and decides to clean up the place and take care of the dwarves out of the kindness of her heart and they return the kindness by giving her a home when she had none. At the end she’s rewarded with the true love’s kiss she wanted. We can even learn from the Evil Queen that vanity is a terrible thing. 

Originally posted by snowwhitecinderellaaurora-blog

Aurora:

The main thing to remember about Aurora is that for one thing, she met Phillip when she was a baby. The other thing is that while the good fairies did love her and take care of her, she grew up isolated and alone. She’s always had these dreams of meeting someone (anyone) else to break that isolation. But in that isolation she’s still strong, kind, and trusting. She loves her adoptive aunts, and for a side character(might make a post about that later) I would still count her as a good role model because of that kindness. 

Originally posted by goldensilverdisney

Cinderella:

Her, I’m definitely going to expand on in another post. But, she’s one of my favorite princess. Ironically, not one of my favorite movies, but she’s an amazing character and I love her. She’s a survivor of child abuse. That’s the very first thing that you need to understand about her. She doesn’t stay happy and content with a grin and bare it attitude, she got mad. She was snarky, and she only found happiness in the little free time she had and in her pets/friends. All she wanted that night was to go to the ball. All she wanted was one night to have fun and get out of the house. She wanted one night where she wouldn’t be berated and yelled at and ordered around. And when she met the prince, she didn’t even know who he was. She didn’t even mind that she would probably never see him again. And at the end she more or less saved herself. She didn’t wait around and sing a song from her tower to get rescued, she asked her friends to get the key and help her out. She was smart enough to pull out the other slipper. There’s nothing wrong with getting help from those around you and there’s no shame in asking for it. There’s nothing un-feminist about getting help, especially when you’re an abuse survivor. And that’s what Cinderella is about. Her fairy godmother coming to help her. Women helping women. 

Originally posted by disneymoviesanywhere

Ariel:

The one big thing that made the Disney renaissance so great is they decided to follow the rules of Broadway musicals. One of the trademarks of this is the “I want” song. That’s the motivation for the main character and it’s the driving force for the plot. 

Ariel wants to live in the human world. That’s her dream. She desperately wants to be a human. Eric was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Ariel is strong willed and curious. She’s the undersea equivalent of an anthropologist. She’s 16, so of course she’s going to make stupid mistakes, but she gets to live out her dream in the end and become a human. The main point and what makes her a wonderful feminist role model is that she uses that drive and curiosity to pursue her passion. 

Originally posted by mkgaud

Belle:

I’m not sure I have to go into too much detail about her although I will mention, she is not a victim of Stockholm Syndrome. And to be honest how would being an abuse victim make her any less feminist? Anyway, of course she’s smart and loves reading. She loves adventure books and that’s what her “I want” song is about. She wants adventure and she wants someone who understands her and doesn’t think she’s weird for her interest. She’s a good role model not only for her love of reading but also of course for her kindness and seeing the good in people despite their appearance. 

Originally posted by moviewhorexo

Jasmine:

She. Is. Not. A. Prize. To. Be. Won. Moving on,

Kidding. But anyway she’s great because what she values is freedom and love. I feel like a lot of people forget is the line, “when I marry, I want it to be for love”. She wants to make her own choices in all aspects of her life and she decides to leave her life of privilege to pursue that freedom. You can hear and see it sprinkled in all around the movie (and the stage show). She sees herself as a bird in a cage and she’s happiest when she’s free and litteraly flying. And at the end she chooses Aladin. It’s all about her choice. 

Pocahontas:

Originally posted by anightmarefantasmic

So unintentional racism, stereotypes, white savior trope, erasing history, and pairing her with the horrible monster aside for a moment…

Let’s talk about 18 year old Disney Pocahontas as her own character. The main thing that comes to mind when I think of her is strength and bravery. She knows herself and she knows what she loves, and she’ll do anything to protect it. She also cares about the earth and environment. All of those are wonderful traits to have as a role model. 

Originally posted by magical-rasputin

Mulan:

Again, I don’t think I have to go into much detail about why she’s a great feminist role model. She’s usually who everyone thinks of when it comes to great feminist characters.

But what I will say is one thing not a lot of people mention in her great feminist role model-ness is that she doesn’t mind being feminine. She knows the ”perfect porcelain doll” isn’t her, but she doesn’t mind dressing up when she can make it her own. Another thing that I’m surprised get’s as ignored as it does especially since it’s scattered through the whole movie including her very first scene, she’s smart. She’s not a fighter, she’s a strategist. She makes her chores easier for herself. She wins the game of Go on her way to meet the match maker. She figures out how she can protect her dad. She uses the weights to her advantage. She does trigonometry in her head on the fly. She comes up with the distraction and using the fireworks. And the epitome of it all, she uses the symbol of femininity in the movie, her fan, to outsmart Shan Yu and take his sword. 

Originally posted by definite-disnerd

Tiana:

Can you believe I’ve heard people say Tiana isn’t feminist enough? Most people know how hardworking and practical she is, but she also learns a very important lesson that you’ll never be truly happy if you don’t let loose and have fun in reasonable amounts. She’s an amazing role model just as wonderful as everyone else in the line up and her morale is one of my favorites to try and live by. “Fairytales can come true, but you’ve gotta make them happen. It all depends on you.”


Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa, and Moana:

Honestly I feel like I don’t have to do much defending for these four. Everyone on this site has already pointed out what great feminist role models they are and many people regard them plus Tiana and Mulan as the “best” most feminist princesses. I love them all too, and of course they’re all great feminist role models, I just don’t think there’s much I could add. 

Anyway, I think a /lot/ of other Disney ladies are also wonderful feminist role models but this was supposed to be just the princess lineup. and I might make separate posts for them. But if you’ll notice I didn’t take relationship status, style choices, hobby choices, sexuality headcannons, or appearance into account when talking about what great role models they are because you shouldn’t. Of course women and girls deserve more than just one type of girl to look up to, but one type of girl isn’t any better or worse than another. You can be hyper feminine like Cinderella, Not feminine at all like Merida, or a little bit of both like Mulan. You can be smart like Belle, or naive yet kind like Snow White. All of them are wonderful. 

I’ll go ahead and leave you my favorite Disney feminist hero.

(she’s amazing. google her real quick)

Thank You Taylor

In February I was violated. Not raped, but I was touched in a way I didn’t want. He groped me and forced me to kiss him. He probably would have gone further if he could have. But I ended up sitting in a ball to avoid any other touches. My ass and my breasts are mine and mine alone. They are not up for grabs.

At the time I didn’t want to admit what happened. I didn’t want to admit that I was a victim of sexual assault - because being raped is my biggest fear and I was a step closer to that happening. It was a validation of that fear. I didn’t want to admit I was closer to it happening at the time. Also I was blaming myself. I got myself into the situation. I am the one who went on a date with him. But I realized just because I went on a date didn’t mean I agreed to be touched inappropriately.

I thank Taylor for her taking a stand against sexual assault. Her strength made it okay for me to admit what happened. It doesn’t make me weak or a victim. It makes me a survivor. By admitting what happened I am taking back my power. I am taking back my body. Without this trial - without Taylor standing up I don’t know if I’d ever be able to admit it and take back who I am.

Taylor thank you. I can’t thank you enough for this. I know it was hard. I know it was painful but you have made a difference. You have made me strong again. I love you so much for being an amazing role model! There aren’t enough words to express what you have done for me. Just thank you. Thank you so much! @taylorswift @tree-paine

I have a headcanon that when Kirishima describes something as ‘manly’ he really doesn’t mean masculine. He just means awesome or good, manly is just a positive word for him, it’s a essentially a synonym with cool. For example.

🉐Uraraka beats up a villain? 'Manly as heck!’

🉐Bakugou bakes some muffins? 'That’s super manly bro’

🉐Mina gets an pretty new shirt? 'That shirt is so manly, I love it!’

At first the rest of the class is confused by it at first but eventually they get used to it. There’s even a joke going around that everyone needs to take a shot every time Kirishima says manly. People who are close to Kirishima (Bakugou, Kaminari, Mina, Sero, etc) even start using manly without meaning to. They’ll just causally throw 'manly’ into their sentenced as one would with the word 'nice’ or 'awesome’ (When someone points it out to Bakugou there is a lot of screaming involved). Kirishima also uses 'unmanly’ and 'not manly’ un-ironically and it drives Bakugou insane. (Like for gods sake Kiri other insults exist too)

🉐Learning how Todoroki was treated but his dad? 'Dude that so unmanly’

🉐Hearing about Izuku’s childhood bullies? 'Bullying someone is so not manly!’

🉐hearing a rude comment about the 1-a girls credibility as heroes because they’re female? 'Sexism is the most unmanly thing ever dude!!’

Kirishima is just a super sweet boy who uses manly to describe literally anything he finds cool because who needs gender roles when you can have pizza rolls

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There’s that kind of double bind that women find themselves in. On the one hand, yes, be smart, stand up for yourself. On the other hand, don’t offend anybody, don’t step on toes, or you’ll become somebody that nobody likes because you’re too assertive. ~Hillary Rodham Clinton

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The Hunters of Artemis aesthetic

Young intelligent women with glitter running
through their veins, eyes that sparkle as bright
as a million stars on a magical summer night.
A bond that lasts an eternity and brings you
closer to nature than you’ve ever been.
It’s like an endless adventure with your best friends.

requested by anonymous

Shout out to Maria Thompkins. For lots of reasons honestly.

But I’m gonna talk about the fact that her son Gabriel was six-and-a-half in July, 1969. Which means he was born late 1962 or early 1963. So when Rittenhouse was sending an operative to kill her as a high school junior in 1962, they were sliding into the latest window of time before she became pregnant/a mother. Girl got married/pregnant in high school. (Or… pregnant/married probably.) Which would explain why she didn’t attend college after graduating. So yeah, shout out to her for going back to school years later while being a single working mother. Then graduating from that and becoming a very successful female engineer in the 1970s. You go, girl.

latimes.com
In 1938, L.A. woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom
By Los Angeles Times

Kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick made Los Angeles court history — and struck a blow for women’s fashion — in 1938.

Hulick arrived in downtown L.A. court to testify against two burglary suspects. But the courtroom drama immediately shifted to the slacks she was wearing. Judge Arthur S. Guerin rescheduled her testimony and ordered her to wear a dress next time.

Hulick was quoted in the Nov. 10, 1938, Los Angeles Times saying, “You tell the judge I will stand on my rights. If he orders me to change into a dress I won’t do it. I like slacks. They’re comfortable.”

Five days later, she returned to court in slacks, angering the judge. She was told to return the following day “in acceptable dress” or risk being found in contempt of court and punished.

The next day, Hulick showed up in slacks. Judge Guerin held her in contempt. She was given a five-day sentence and sent to jail.

“After being divested of her favorite garment by a jail matron and attired in a prison denim dress, Miss Hulick was released on her own recognizance after her attorney … obtained a writ of habeas corpus and declared he would carry the matter to the Appellate Court,” The Times reported.

Hundreds sent letters of protest to the courthouse. Guerin’s contempt citation was overturned by the Appellate Division during a habeas corpus hearing. Hulick was free to wear slacks to court.

A couple of months later, Hulick came back to court. Her point made, this time she wore a dress.

keepcalmandlistentoit  asked:

How's the break from Catco going? Is everything good and as great as you hoped it would be?

I have decided to pretend it’s normal that individuals have access to my search history, and I will deign to talk to whichever one of you bored NSA agents is now looking to converse with a beautiful woman such as myself to distract you from your menial job. Tell Mike Rogers I say hi, and give my worst to Donald.
My break from CatCo has been…educational, to say the least. I do miss it. But I look forward to my return. I have complete faith that I’ll find everything running perfectly and exactly as I left it as soon as I exit my private elevator doors. And I know my beautiful, intelligent, headstrong, feminist, hero of a protégée will astound me with her up-and-coming journalism career and lack of demoralizing and pejorative romantic attachments.
Yes, I look forward to seeing the growth and development of the people I admire most within my company. It will be exceedingly refreshing.

Last night I got to see Gloria Steinem and Roxane Gay speak during Steinem’s tour for her new book, My Life on the Road. (spoiler: they were brilliant) They did a signing afterward and when it was my turn, I said, “I have a super dorky request. I run this tumblr called Feminist Lisa Frank and I was wondering if you’d mind signing one of my memes?”

And Roxane Gay said, “Oh, yeah, I’ve seen that! I’m excited I get to meet you! My friends are going to be so jealous that I met the girl who makes these.”

So that sound you’ve been hearing is me squealing forever. Sorry about that.