women and girls lead

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Dolly Haas as Pat Caverley in Girls Will Be Boys [d: Marcel Varnel, 1934]

This is in no way the English version of the previous year’s German Viktor und Viktoria, (it doesn’t have the knowing sophistication of that film’s genderswapping, for a start, although the ‘reveal’ scene is not at all coy) or the following year’s American Sylvia Scarlett (how I love the mid-30s trend for women dressing as men) but it’s a lovely little comedy, has Esmond Knight at his dark-eyed thick-haired swooniest as the romantic interest, and Dolly Haas is bloody marvellous as Pat; adorable, boyish, bolshy and delivers my menswear trifecta of tweed/dressing gown/chunky knit, with bonus evening wear.   

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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

Year-old Kensington comic book store and coffeehouse getting attention

Since Ariell Johnson opened her comic book store and coffee shop in Kensington in December 2015, she has taken the world by Storm.

In fact, her childhood fascination with Storm, the X-Men superheroine, led her to comic book and sci-fi fantasy geek fandom in the first place, she said.

She has been profiled on ABC News, CNN Money, and MSNBC, not to mention various nerd and geek websites, as the first African American woman to open a comic book store on the East Coast.

And in November, she was depicted on a variant cover of the Invincible Iron Man No. 1 comic book, along with Riri Williams, the 15-year-old African American superhero character known as Ironheart.

Storm “was the first black woman superhero I ever saw,” Johnson, 33, said at her shop, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, 2578 Frankford Ave.

“In addition, she was a powerhouse; she was one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men universe. She controlled the very elements. She wasn’t a sidekick. She was the main event, which was exciting.”

Johnson said all the attention has been good for business.

“I think we’re doing well. We’ve had a very strong first year, and an untraditional first year, with all the hubbub around the shop,” she said.

Diversity in comic books has been met with some backlash from mostly male fans who assert on YouTube videos that characters should not be suddenly changed to black or gay. Some have called it pandering to attract more women and people of color to comics.

Johnson has not hesitated to speak out about the importance of the comic book world becoming more inclusive.

That means having characters who represent everyone - black, white, Latino, Asian, and people of all religions and sexual identities.

She makes sure to carry books written by and for women and people of color.

Johnson said people like them as heroes in fantasy and science fiction can empower young readers.

“When young girls come in here and know that a woman owns the shop, a black woman owns the shop, and they can see titles where girls are the heroes and not just the love interests or the sidekick … when they see women and girls taking the lead in things, that’s really powerful,” she said.

Since word of Johnson’s success got around, celebrity comic book writers have visited Amalgam.

The store was packed a couple of months ago when Ta-Nehisi Coates came for a book signing to accompany the release of a new comic in his Marvel series Black Panther.

She has also welcomed Greg Pak, author of X-Treme X-Men and other titles, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who coauthored a graphic novel, March.

Amalgam is spacious and colorful, with a red couch at the front window and blue and yellow armchairs nearby. In fact, it’s like entering a live comic strip tableau.

Small round tables have comic book logos: symbols for ThunderCat, Captain America, and Spider-Man.

Johnson said she became enamored of superheroes while watching television cartoon shows as a child.

“I’ve always liked shows about super powers,” she said. “I grew up watching ThunderCats, He-Man and She-Ra. But none of those shows had any black characters featured.”

When she was about 11, she saw herself in the character Storm in X-Men cartoons.

“In addition to being black and a woman, she had dark skin. The only thing that didn’t look like me was that she had white hair and blue eyes.”

A Baltimore native, Johnson came to Philadelphia to attend Temple University and earned an accounting degree there in 2005.

It took a decade of working for other people, first in retail and later as an accountant, before she decided to fulfill her dream.

Inside Amalgam the other day, Sam Woods Thomas, the commercial corridor coordinator for New Kensington Community Development Corp., said the coffee shop was the only one in the neighborhood.

Still, he said, things are looking up, with a new apartment development in the next block that people are comparing to the Piazza in Northern Liberties.

But he said it’s small businesses like Johnson’s that are key.

“They bring life back to the block,” Thomas said.

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So about USA channels ad on a movie marathon exclusively showcasing Women.

But the only Black Women featured film is of a Black Man dressed in a stereotypical drag of a Black Women. This meets their quota of a Women of Color featured film.

What is this trash!!!!??? #Heated 

Here is a list of Movies/Docs with Black Women leads:

4 Little Girls (1997)

Alex Haley’s Queen (1993) 

American Violet (2009)

Anna Lucasta (1958) 

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) 

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beloved (1998) 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) - Starring Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm
The Bodyguard (1992) 

Boarding House Blues (1948) 

Carmen Jones (1954) 

Claudine (1974) 

Cleopatra Jones (1973) 

Coffy (1973) 

Colombiana (2011)

The Color Purple (1985) 

Crooklyn (1994)

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Dreamgirls (2006) 

Eve’s Bayou (1997) 

Feast Of All Saints (2001)

I Will Follow (2011)

The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Lackawanna Blues (2005) 

Mama Flora’s Family (1998) 

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Pariah (2011) 

Poetic Justice (1993)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) 

The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

Set It Off (1996) 

Sister Act/Sister Act 2 (1992/1993)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Something New (2006) 

Soul Food (1997) 

Sparkle (1976) 

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993) 

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) 

The Wiz (1978) - Starring Diana Ross

A Woman Called Moses (1978)

Yelling to the Sky (2011) 

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Lila & Eve (2015)

Love & Basketball (2000)

Brown Sugar (2002)

Love Jones (1997)

Two Can Play That Game (I don’t like the centering of getting a man but whatever)

-Notice the lack of Sci Fi films. There is a lack of black sci fi films in general, but especially black sci fi films written, directed, and acted by black women. We need to work on that.

Here is films with Black Women in 2016/2017:

Fences (2016)

Black Panther

Hidden Figures 

Danai Gurira in All Eyez On You

Queen of Katwe 

Southside With You

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Misty Copeland Biopic

Viola Davis in Harriet Tubman Biopic

Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in Confirmation

Regina Hall in ‘When the Bough Breaks’

Ruth Negga in 'Loving’ ( Unsure about this one..gonna keep my eye on it)

Add to the list.

Here is a list of Films centering Women of Color & Produced By Women of Color/Directed By Them Too:

“35 Shots of Rum” by
Claire Denis (2008)

“A Different Image” by
Alile Sharon Larkin (1982)

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at
Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)

“Advantageous” by
Jennifer Phang (2015)

“Ala Modalaindi” by
Nandini Bv Reddy (2011)

“All About You” by
Christine Swanson (2001)

“Alma’s Rainbow” by
Ayoka Chenzira (1994)

“Appropriate Behavior”
by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

“B For Boy” by Chika
Anadu (2013)

“Bande de Filles/Girlhood”
by Céline Sciamma (2014)

“Belle” by Amma Asante
(2013)

“Bend it Like Beckham”
by Gurinder Chadha (2002)

“Bessie” by Dee Rees
(2015)

“Beyond the Lights” by
Gina Prince-Bythewood (2014)

“Bhaji on the Beach” by
Gurinder Chadha (1993)

“Caramel” by Nadine
Labaki  (2007)

“Circumstance” by Maryam
Keshavarz (2011)

“Civil Brand” by Neema
Barnette (2002)

“Compensation” by
Zeinabu irene Davis (1999)

“Daughters of the Dust”
by Julie Dash (1991)

“Double Happiness ” by
Mina Shum (1994)

“Down in the Delta” by Maya
Angelou (1998)

“Drylongso” by Cauleen
Smith (1988)

“Earth” by Deepa Mehta
(1998)

“Elza” by Mariette
Monpierre (2011)

“Endless Dreams” by
Susan Youssef (2009

“Eve’s Bayou” by Kasi
Lemmons (1997)

“Fire” by Deepa Mehta
(1996)

“Frida” by Julie Taymor
(2002)

“Girl in Progress” by
Patricia Riggen (2012)

“Girlfight” by Karyn
Kusama (2000)

“Habibi Rasak Kharban”
by Susan Youssef (2011)

“Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad
Nemizanand (Hush! Girls Don’t Scream)” by Pouran Derahkandeh (2013)

“Honeytrap” by Rebecca
Johnson (2014)

“I Like It Like That” by
Darnell Martin (1994)

“I Will Follow” by Ava
DuVernay (2010

“In Between Days” by
So-yong Kim (2006)

“Introducing Dorothy
Dandridge” by Martha Coolidge (1999)

“It’s a Wonderful
Afterlife” by Gurinder Chadha (2010)

“Jumpin Jack Flash” by
Penny Marshall (1986)

“Just Another Girl on the
IRT” by Leslie Harris (1992)

“Just Wright” by Sanaa
Hamri (2010)

“Kama Sutra” by Mira
Nair (1996)

“Losing Ground” by
Kathleen Collins (1982)

“Love & Basketball”
by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000)

“Luck by Chance” by Zoya
Akhtar (2009)

“Mi Vida Loca” by
Allison Anders (1993)

“Middle of Nowhere” by
Ava DuVernay (2012)

“Mississippi Damned” by
Tina Mabry (2009)

“Mississippi Masala” by
Mira Nair (1991)

“Mixing Nia” by Alison
Swan (1998)

“Monsoon Wedding” by Mira
Nair (2001)

“Mosquita y Mari” by
Aurora Guerrero (2012)

“Na-moo-eobs-neun san
(Treeless Mountain)” by So-yong Kim (2008)

“Night Catches Us” by
Tanya Hamilton (2010)

“Pariah” by Dee Rees
(2011)

“Picture Bride” by Kayo
Hatta (1994)

“Rain” by Maria Govan (2008)

“Real Women Have Curves”
by Patricia Cardoso (2002)

“Saving Face” by Alice
Wu (2004)

“Second Coming” by
Debbie Tucker Green (2014)

“Something Necessary” by
Judy Kibinge (2013)

“Something New” by Sanaa
Hamri (2006)

“Still the Water” by
Naomi Kawase  (2014)

“Stranger Inside” by
Cheryl Dunye (2001)

“Sugar Cane Alley/Black Shack
Alley” by Euzhan Palcy (1983)

“The Kite” by Randa
Chahal Sabag (2003)

“The Rich Man’s Wife” by
Amy Holden Jones (1996)

“The Secret Life of
Bees” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2008)

“The Silence of the
Palace” by Moufida Tlatli (1994)

“The Watermelon Woman”
by Cheryl Dunye (1996)

“The Women of Brewster
Place” by Donna Deitch (1989)

“Their Eyes Were Watching
God” by Darnell Martin (2005)

“Things We Lost in the
Fire” by Susanne Bier  (2007)

“Wadjda” by Haifaa
Al-Mansour (2012)

“Water” by Deepa Mehta
(2005)

“Whale Rider” by Niki
Caro  (2002)

“What’s Cooking?” by
Gurinder Chadha (2000)

“Where Do We Go Now?” by
Nadine Labaki  (2011)

“Whitney” by Angela Bassett
(2015)

“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On
The 7th Day” by Neema Barnette (2012)

“Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down
Girl” by Joan Chen (1998)

“Yelling to the Sky” by
Victoria Mahoney (2011)

“Young and Wild” by
Marialy Rivas (2012)

Here is a short SCI FI film Produced by a Black Woman, and Main Character is a Black Woman: 

PUMZI :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR7l_B86Fc

When entrepreneur Ariell Johnson opened her comic book store and coffee shop in Kensington, Pennsylvania back in December 2015, it became an instant hit both locally and nationally. 

Being hailed as the first African American woman to open a comic book store on the east coast

she immediately caught the attention of ABC News, CNN Money, MSNBC, and tons of other web sites and blogs.

“When young girls come in here and know that a woman owns the shop, a black woman owns the shop, and they can see titles where girls are the heroes and not just the love interests or the sidekick… when they see women and girls taking the lead in things, that’s really powerful.”

She’s The Boss

#BlackGirlMagic #BlackExcellence 

anonymous asked:

Hi sorry to bother you but I'm really distraught over what's happening with Chimamanda Adichie..I'm afraid that trans activists are going to bully her out of her beliefs. I just read some recent articles saying that she's been apologizing to them and I'm just upset bc she's such a strong woman and I don't want her to have to agree with them out of fear.

You aren’t bothering me with this in the least. The entire idea that a bunch of western activists would attack a Nigerian feminist for expressing the fairly straightforward belief that trans women do not experience the same way as female people is complete and utter nonsense.

Queer theory and this type of liberalism is some of the most colonial bullshit I have ever seen in my life, frankly. How could they possibly believe that a Nigerian feminist’s concerns would not be rooted in sex-based oppression? Do they believe that the 276 schoolgirls sold into sex slavery and, for many, forced into pregnancy through rape, were targeted for their gender identity? Do they really think that is relevant to the country with the world’s highest incidence of FGM? Do they consider that Nigerian abortion laws are some of the strictest in the world? I’m not Nigerian, so I can’t speak to what the focus of Nigerian feminism should be exactly, but those seem like far more pressing issues than validating someone’s feelings on their gender. 

Ms. Adichie’s comments were fair and succinct and are respectful to her own experiences and the country in which she is from. To try to force her into prioritizing gender over sex–when sex is in fact the leading force behind harm towards Nigerian women and girls–is to force and impose the ideals of western academia on her. To call her a “white feminist” is the most fucking white feminist thing I’ve seen in my life. 

It seems that she has softened her tone but not changed her beliefs. I hope that she continues to prioritize women and girls and that she isn’t bullied for respectfully speaking her truth. 

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King and Lionheart

JILY CHALLENGE | @mslilyevans vs @lamelylimes 

A/N: So, I’ve head this idea for a while now and this prompt helped me put it down on paper. If you hadn’t guessed by the title, it’s based off of this song King and Lionheart by Monsters and Men. Hope you enjoy!

royalty + so you’re the rebel knight who has decided to conquer my land and oh shit with your helmet off you’re actually pretty hot au

Summary: Lily didn’t like the fact that she had to serve the new prince. 
Word Count: 13,625
Rating: Explicit
FF.net | AO3

The clash of swords greeted Lily’s ears as she pulled on her armor. They were under attack. This city hadn’t been attacked in over a thousand years, and some idiots had decided to attack when Lily was having a bad day. No matter. They would be deposed of quickly, and Lily’s life would return to normal.

Quickly, she marched down the stairs of the keep and ran straight into Marlene and Dorcas.

“What are you two doing here?” Lily demanded to know. They had left before she had to join the fray in the courtyard.

“We’re being overwhelmed,” Marlene explained. “There’s too many.”

Lily snorted. “We’ll figure something out. Now, let’s get back down there and fight.”

The other girls nodded, and Lily stepped in front of them, grabbed her helmet, and left the safety of the Keep.

Unfortunately, Marlene was right. They were vastly outnumbered. Lily didn’t know if she’d ever seen an army this size before. No matter, they’d still defeat them. No one marched on this city and lived to tell the tale.

Drawling her sword from its sheath, she marched into the crowd of those fighting, dying, and fleeing. She came in contact with an enemy sword for a few moments before she delivered a death blow. These idiots had no idea how to guard themselves properly. Scanning the crowds, she searched for their leader. If she could take him out, then they’d stand a better chance at winning. Lily always found that quickest way to defeat your enemy was to break his spirit.

Just as she spotted the man fighting in the middle—the one who was no doubt their leader—a long blast sounded from the horns that signaled to Lily that she needed to put her sword away. She did so immediately. Looking around, she spotted McGonagall striding out of the castle and into the courtyard. Everyone went silent, no one daring to move at the sight of the old women walking through the courtyard. She made her way up to the man sitting atop his horse.

Lily watched quietly. Her leader spoke to the man softly and she couldn’t hear a thing they were saying, even if the courtyard was dead silent. Finally, McGonagall turned around.

“We will surrender,” the women announced. “Anyone who lifts sword against these men will find themselves in the dungeons.”

Lily nearly dropped her sword. What was happening?

Just then she heard a whoop. Turning her head, she saw the knight she had been heading for pulling off his helmet. Why did the bastard have to be cute?

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anonymous asked:

Ok now this is just me being curious but who do you think in blackpink would actually date a girl? Obviously it's hard to guess how someone labels themselves, but do you think any of them are not straight? (Since that's what they are by default, lol) love your blog btww!!

Lmao, of course! Everyone is straight until proven gay, didn’t you know?

If I had to pick only one member, I’d say the one who pings me the most is tol bean Chaeyoung.

Originally posted by yeorume

(^I chose that gif just for this bc of the shirt that literally just fucking says GIRLS on it like rly.) Rosie sets off my gaydar slightly more than the others(because they all ping it to some degree, let’s be real). 

To me she gives off the intense vibe that she likes girls and the company of girls. First of all, this crop top. Secondly, she likes to wear snapbacks like a true Gay™ and always posts videos on IG where she does the whole fuckboy face and then smiles like a lil baby. Let’s not forget how she told everyone she fell in love with Jisoo at first sight(as a joke, but I digress), was very ambiguous when describing her ideal type(generally a sign that someone is not straight, but also not necessarily gay), and also legit said, “I love girls with bangs, it’s so attractive.”

Not to mention the gayest outfit she ever wore:

Originally posted by lisa-yg

(Oh look, another crop top but this time with ABS.)

I could go on all day about why I think she’s at least bisexual, but my general idea is this; I think Rosie here is trying to be extremely subtle. So much so that a lot of people don’t really pick up on it aside from us - the Gays™. I think that she’s trying to be very subtle with the lesbian stereotypes(snapbacks, the occasional flannel, vans, the fact that she uploads fuckboy videos on IG all the time). She just has this image that’s both very beautiful and enchanting, and yet somehow like it’s meant to be geared more towards women than men. To me, a lot of the things she has said in regards to women(about Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and just girls in general) lead me to believe that she is someone with a heavy WLW leaning. I just have a feeling, ya know? My gaydar isn’t always right, but it’s not always wrong, either.

Anyway, I’ve been gay enough this morning, lmao. That pretty much covers the gist of what I wanted to say.

Retro Leading Ladies of Gaming 8 – Lenneth Valkyrie

Game – Valkyrie Profile

Year Released: North America: August 29th 2000, Japan: December 22nd 1999

Platforms: PlayStation

Game Type:  Japanese Role Playing Game

Valkyrie: It will be engraved upon your soul! Divine Assault! Nibelung Valesti!

“One of the three goddess of Fate whose role it is to decide a person’s fate after death. A midlevel goddess of the sixth rank, her true name is Lenneth Valkyrie.” – In game profile.

“Lenneth Valkyrie is introduced as a recently awakened Valkyrie who was summoned to Valhalla by Odin, the supreme ruler of the gods. He orders her to explore the downtrodden world of Midgard in search for suitable human souls to become her Einherjar; to fight alongside the Aesir in the upcoming battle of Ragnarok.

At the beginning, Lenneth is accompanied by the goddess Freya as she finds her first Einherjar, but soon leaves her on her own. Throughout the game, Lenneth’s personality is shown to be that of a stern, but good-natured woman. Along the way, she wins many battles and recruits various souls to her cause. However, her true story and past begins to unfold when she meets Lucian; a brave but insecure young warrior. They first laid eyes upon one another in Gerabellum when Lenneth visits the town in her human disguise; calling herself Meril . When they first meet, Lucian acts completely shocked and dumbfounded at her semblance to his first love; a girl with long-silver hair. While his girlfriend Claire grows in jealousy” – Valkyrie Profile Wiki

Background:  Lenneth is the middle of 3 Sister Valkyries, with her younger sister Silmeria being the kind nice one, and her older sister Hrist being a cunt waffle. There isn’t too much to Lenneth’s background without spoiling a good chunk of the story, but I’ll try here to stay as spoiler free as possible until I’m not. Lenneth Valkyrie is a recently awakened Valkyrie who was summoned to Valhalla by Odin, the supreme ruler of the gods. He orders her to explore the downtrodden world of Midgard in search for suitable human souls to become her Einherjar; to fight alongside the Aesir in the upcoming battle of Ragnarok. The important thing to note here is that she has been away for a long time, and many of the other gods are happy to see her. Where she was is very much related to Lucian, and his history with Platina, and various other issues this brings up. Outside of this however, not much is known about her background, or that of her sisters outside of the fact that they’ve had to do this duty before, her youngest sister is missing, and her oldest sister seems to be 1 second from going full bitch mode.

Related to Lucian, the game starts in the village of Coriander, where a 14-year-old girl named Platina lives with her cruel parents. The village has been pretty hard up for a while, and it seems that selling off your kids for some food money is the go to means of surviving. Lucian finds out that Platina’s parents are going to sell her into slavery. The two run away, but Platina inhales the toxic pollen of poisonous flowers in a nearby field and dies in Lucian’s arms, and thus ends your opening movie!

Following a dream of herself in a church in a wedding dress, Lenneth Valkyrie awakens in Asgard and as I’ve said before, is tasked with going to get souls. The first part of the game, which sadly you can’t skip on subsequent play throughs, has her encounter and deal with a spoiled  princess Jelanda and  a totally not supposed to but Guts mercenary named Arngrim. After the arrogant Arngrim inadvertently embarrasses her father, Jelanda plots revenge but is kidnapped by a necromancer and backstabbing court minister who tricks some plebs into giving her a potion that transforms her into a monster. Lenneth helps Arngrim kill the monster and claims Jelanda as an einherjar. Arngrim, having unknowingly aided Jelanda’s captors, goes ape shit and kills his way to the guy responsible, puts him into the ground, and tries to fight his way out of the castle. As he escapes, an old friend confronts him about what he’s done, and rather than kill his friend or be captured, he kills himself. At Jelanda’s request, Lenneth makes Arngrim an einherjar but Odin and Freya find him lacking the qualities of an einherjar and refuse to accept him into Valhalla so Arngrim remains at Lenneth’s side. He is only the first of several characters where this happens, and the reasons become much more important as the story progresses.

During Lenneth’s travels, she meets Brahms, lord of the undead and enemy of Odin, and the necromancer Lezard Valeth, who lures her to his tower, and has some very, unique, plans for Lenneth. In some of these so far, I’d give away a lot, but I’d honestly wish for any one whose even had a passing interest in the game to play it, as Valkyrie Profile is one of my all-time favorites. What I will say, is that the story in its true path involves her past, that of the gods themselves, how Brams is related to her sisters story, and one very psychotic and lustful mage (It’s Lezard). I think at least this time, I’ll pass on the spoilers. Go play this game!

Personality:  Lenneth is generally a kind person, but this kindness sanded down by an air of stoicism, and outright confusion at the behaviors of the humans she watches. She is described by many in the game to be very beautiful, but it’s something she doesn’t seem to either be aware of, or care too much about. She is  merciless against her enemies and will destroy those who stand in her way without a second thought. Her stoic nature does not mean she isn’t determined when it comes to tending her duties as a Valkyrie, and she takes them very seriously. Unlike many of the Aesir, Lenneth does not hold humans in contempt. Rather, she enjoys their company, and through the game we get to see glimpses of her kindness in her following through with her promises, giving even shitty people a second chance, and overall contemplation about the sacrifices humans make for others, even when they gain nothing from it. She does look down on those who show little kindness or compassion to others or simply use others for their own gain. She despises those who would disturb the souls of the dead, or those who manipulate humans in general which is why she fucking loves killing the undead, necromancers, and other evil magic assholes. This goes into her deep hatred for the undead, particularly Vampires, which she considers abominations. Early on it may seem like she doesn’t have much of a personality, and in fact, her character screen states “ God’s do not have human traits” however, as the game goes on, the hard exterior starts to crack and we see the person she is inside.

Of interesting note is that during the C ending of the first Valkyrie Profile, Freya refers to Lenneth as the Valkyrie’s primary ego. Since her personality is more balanced compared to her sisters, this is quite fitting.

Role in the game: Within the world, Lenneth is one of 3 Valkyries that gather the souls of the dead I order to get them to fight in the upcoming Ragnarok. As the main character, you take control of her in her mission to find new worthy warriors, stop evil cults, undead and monster attacks, and purify tainted lands, including churches, underground dungeons, and weird floating mazes. The primary course of the game involves finding a few new should, seeing their story and how they die, Lenneth collecting them, then going to dungeons to purify them, and train up the souls you have gathered so they are strong enough to survive the upcoming war. Lenneth is your main battle character, but her role within fights can change depending if you equip her with swords or bows. Her Purify Weird Soul animation will change depending on what weapon she’s holding. Like her or not, she cannot be removed from the party since her presence is needed to maintain the physical structure of her Einherjar. Her statistics and attack power are all really good, which makes sense, her being a goddess and all. This also gives her the ability to utilize magic crystals and break magic seals.

Bows have better modifiers for her normal attacks and her PWS, but there are more swords avaliable in the game, and swords tend to have higher attack power. Due to bows having higher hit number, she is better at guard breaking, generating energy, and much better at spawning crystals and chest from enemies with a bow. However, the skills associated with bows are for the most part useless and do not contribute to damage. Most players generally stick to swords once you get the powerful swords in the Seraphic Gate. Also, certain protective gears and accessories can only be worn by her.

Ranged or melee however, she’s a strong member of the party, with high damage potential, great chain build ups, and a kick ass finishing move. Lenneth can bring back characters that have been banished, but if she is destroyed and not brought back within a set amount of time, you lose and get kicked out of the dungeon. Being a goddess, she can’t actually die, but the physical form she takes to fight can be hurt, and as such she needs to regroup and regain her power.

In the story of the game, the central plot revolves around the upcoming end of the world, until it doesn’t, and Lenneth herself becomes the central point of the story. Her role in the world around her becomes much more important, far more then she or anyone else could ever had imagined, but she doesn’t get there alone, and without those she’s gathered to her side, she never would have been able to fulfill her true destiny.  This also changes her place in the world, and the abilities she has, but that’s all some spoiler territory so we’ll pass on that for now.

Relationships: Through the game, Lenneth is involved in various important relationships that have an effect on her, and the plot.  The first ones she builds off of is her relationship with Freya and Odin, the two main gods she interacts with. Lenneth seems to be on much friendlier terms with Freya, but even she comes off as more of a kind of nice boss to Lenneth, and Odin is just like, yeah sure go do what you need to do, and don’t fuck up. They seem to keep her at an arm’s length, and the reasons for this don’t really get explored except for if you follow through with the games A ending, which is the ending in which all the questions are answered. These are two relationships that although start off the game, aren’t really central until far into it.

Lenneth’s relationship with her sisters is one that is interesting through the game. They seem to be on the same level in regards to goals, however her older sister Hrist is a giant bitch about it, which doesn’t sit right with Lenneth, and especially with Lenneth’s Einherjar, who don’t appreciate her condescending nature. These differences, as well as ultimate goals and drives of the characters lead to conflict between Lenneth and Hrist, but that’s kind of expected just because of how different they are. The relationship with Silmeria isn’t that explored in the first game, she and her place in the world is much more explored in the 2nd game, which is something I will talk about at a later time.

In my opinion the next group of relationships are important for a specific reason, even though they aren’t a single overarching relationship. How Lenneth gets along with her Einherjar, talks to them, treats them, and feels about them gives away a lot of her character and personality in regards to how she looks at humans. These relationships are most important with the 2 who refuse to leave her service and go to Asgard, Mystina the wizard, and Arngram the first character you really get. Their personal stories and personalities become more important again on route A, and their loyalty to Lenneth and what they are willing to do shows how much they respect and care for her in many ways. It’s not the deepest relationships or story in a game by far, but it is important to this character.

Finally I’m going to talk about the two men in the game who have the hots for her, but go about it in very different ways. First is Lezard, the lecherous, powerful, crazy, and self-absorbed asshole arch mage. Lezard is what great villains are made of. He doesn’t give a fuck about anything but what he wants, is a fucking scum bag, does some really horrible shit and laughs it off, and just loves his job. He’s infatuated with Lenneth in the same way a crazy stalker is in love with their victim. Just because he is aroused and falls in love with her, instantly he must do anything he can to make her feel the same for him, and to him, the fact that she doesn’t isn’t a reason to get angry or proof she can’t, but a puzzle to be solved, and a mistake to be fixed. He’s such an asshole, and Lenneth’s constant down talking to him, willingness to kick his ass, and how she doesn’t put up with this shit is all perfectly in line with her character seeing him as nothing more than a VERY dangerous, deranged man. What is important though, is the questions he starts making her ask, and the answers he has about her, the gods themselves, and where that leads Lenneth on her quest.

The next person with the hots for Lenneth is Lucian. The kid from the beginning of the story, who lost his childhood friend on their attempt to help her escape slavery. As an adult, he has never really let that go, and kind of still beats himself up about it. When he sees Lenneth, who looks just like Platina but as an adult, he’s instantly confused, and drawn to her. He’s a lot less of an asshole about the whole thing, and instead tries to talk to her about who she is, and learn about the truth. Of course, while doing this he ignores the lady right in front of him who wants him hard, and is kind of an ass about the situation. Also being a hot headed warrior type, Lucian ends up fucking things up big time in his quest to find out the truth, but that’s not 100% his fault, after all he gets tricked by the best trickster there is, and he’s an idiot, so really he stood no chance. It annoys me a bit that the character goes from rebuking him and basically telling him stop wanting to fuck goddesses to realizing she kind of does care for him suddenly. I would have liked to see a few more establishing scenes, but honestly this game does not have much in the way of character growth and story until the last ¼ of route A in which they just throw everything at you in rapid succession. Even if you don’t get this ending though, at the least Lucian does get Lenneth to start questioning herself, and her ability to relate to Humans and their feelings, so he’s still good for something.

Final Personal Thoughts – I really really love this character. She’s not the most interesting, in depth of any character by FAR. But she’s a hard ass bitch who doesn’t put up with evil shit, and fights for what she believes is good. She’s willing to recognizing her short comings, learn, and show genuine care for, and thankfulness towards, the humans she’s been alongside in her journey. Lenneth is a goddess, and her aloof, stoic nature at the start is so fitting, I can’t be mad at her cold exterior. It’s her growth and change, and willingness to stand in the face of the literally apocalypse and say “not on my watch” that really shows what she’s made of.

I also love her bad ass battle moves, with her sweet sword skills, awesome finishing move, and that self-righteous holy nature that comes with characters like paladins who will smite evil, undead, and those who use others because that’s what good guys do. On a personal note, which this all is, I also LOVE her design, she’s beautiful, elegant, armored, and divine looking, with awesome coloring in both her hair and armor. She’s shown through a range of emotions, from angry, stern, crying, laughing, self-doubting, and all the artwork in the game expresses these emotions so well. Her voice acting is passable for the time, but having played the game several times, I could not imagine her sounding any other way, except for maybe like the commander from NieR: Automata, who has the same kind of commanding, serious voice.  

Valkyrie Profile is one of my favorite games of the PS1 era, and definitely of all time, a unique experience, there really isn’t another game like it in terms of gameplay and story, and it’s one I would suggest any one give a chance to, and you can see for yourself, why Lenneth is awesome.

Uhm who cares what men believe in anyway? They’ve been running the whole world since the begining look where its gotten us; non stop war, poverty, climate change and other horrible things. Its time for women to step up regardless of what men think of us. Let us not be above men but equal to and lets help eachother because thats all we’ve got

One of the many whippings I took before I finally got the move and my favourite photo of the trip to Antão.

p/c: Eric Passos

Retro Leading Ladies of Gaming 1- Recette LemonGrass

Game – Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

Year Released: December 2007 in japan, September 2010 in NA and Europe

Platform: PC

Game Type : Single Player Action role-playing, business simulation.

“Capitalism, HO!”

“Recette Lemongrass is the main protagonist of Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale.

She lives alone in a house on top of a hill in Pensee after her father decided to become a hero, and went out on an “adventure” three months ago. Unbeknownst to Recette, he left her an outstanding debt so big that Tear won’t even tell her the total amount!

The player takes control of Recette to buy and sell items to gather enough “Pix”, the in-game currency, in her house-turned-item-store, Recettear (a portmanteau of the two partners’ names, Recette and Tear), to make increasing weekly debt payments over the course of five weeks.” – From the Recettear Wiki

Background : Recette will be the first of many women I look at over the year, and I’m happy the randomizer chose her first, as she’s one of my favorite choices among girls from less known games. I could talk a lot about the game, but for better or worse that’s not the focus here. What we are here to talk about is the main heroine of our adventure, Recette.

Recette is a young girl of age unknown (probably between the ages of 12-16? Who knows with these types of things?) She’s been living her life in her home city doing dick all it seems, since her father decided to go try and be a hero and has not returned. One day a fairy, Tear, shows up and tells her that her dad dun got himself dead and now she’s settled with all his debt, because apparently he took it all out in student loans and that shit never goes away.

Personality :  Recette is… a bit “light “ on the thoughts, and a bit more about the actions.  She tends to think before she acts at times, but is kind, thoughtful, and sincere in her words. If she says she’s going to do something, it’ll get done.  She’s also endlessly positive and optomisitic, and despite the shitty situation she finds herself in, she keeps on trucking, and never gives up. Much of her personality is evened out by her co-worker/handler/knee breaker Tear, the fairy who basically helps her set up the racket  totally legit business of running the item shop. Her personality doesn’t change too much through the game, except for her opening up more to others, learning to believe in herself, and develop a close friendship with Tear and the adventurers in her life.

She also has a very VERY strange and active imagination, often letting her thoughts go where they may, often to strange places, such as weird ways to make money, or pay off her debt. She’s also quite talented, not only in dealing with others, but in various skills, such as needlework, knowledge of local flora, craftsmanship, and being a pack mule for the tons of loot found in dungeons.

Role in the game: Recette’s place in the game and world is that of an item shop owner. She’ll buy low/sell high, and work her butt off to get the best prices, in order to acquire enough shekels to pay off her father’s debt, and be a strong independent woman who don’t need no adventures.  She can also join various adventurers in world on their travels into dungeons, and although she cannot directly interfere, she can assist them if they are hurt, and carry all the stuff they find to sell later, all at the low low cost of either paying them up front, or becoming their friends and going for free. As far as the story goes, it full revolves around her and her attempts to make money, and once you hit endless mode, it’s more about finding out about the other characters, the secrets behind the dungeons and maybe even… THE ACTUAL FATE OF HER FATHER !!! DUN DUN DUN!

As a video game character she doesn’t really have much in the way of abilities or skills, since the majority of the game is haggling, talking, and selling shit, but that’s just fine, as it suits the mood and tone of the game perfectly. Recettee is as capable as she needs to be, and meets any challenges put before her.

Relationships: Through the game, Recette meets and befriends various characters, including adventurers, a rival shop runner who is snobby, rich, and has her own fairy friend, the town vendors, and MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS. As with most things, Recette’s interactions with most of the other characters is amusing, light hearted, and positive.   There is no romantic relationship in the game, and minimal familial one, so almost all her interactions are with friends and strangers.

Of all the relationships however, of most importance is that she has with Tear, the fairy who came to collect on what’s owed. Although their initial meeting wasn’t due to the best reasons, they become much closer, with Tear eventually filling kind of a mentor/big sister role to Recette.  When the game is over, and Tear set to leave, Recette expresses her sadness, but is overjoyed to hear Tear say that she will stay to help because Recette is basically lost without her, and probably will let the shop burn down due to her laziness.

Final Personal Thoughts - Overall, I really like Recette. I have a soft spot for the endless optimist, and especially for one who tempers it with a willingness to do what needs to be done, work hard, and meet their goals. Recette inspires us to never give up, and not let bad circumstances make us bad people. She’s also much more capable then others give her credit for, and even if a bit of an air head, she’s not upset by it, and more than willing to listen to others, and default to their knowledge when she’s out of her depth.  She’s also a cold business woman, and is able to make some buco bucks in quite the short time.

I’m also a big fan of her relationship with Tear, as it’s great to see how they bounce off each other, and temper out the best and worst parts of each others personalities.  I also really like this game, so I hope that if you haven’t played it, and you’re interested in games with female leads, business sims, or just fun, cute games in general, you’ll give it a go.

Why Erza Scarlet Is Not A Mary Sue

I would like to preface with an expression of personal disgust for the term Mary Sue. It’s derogatory, gender specific, and completely unnecessary. There aren’t enough female protagonists or even complex female characters to warrant this descriptor. Until we have gender equality and visibility in protagonists across the board, I will not accept this as anything other than a misogynist yard stick used to swipe at female leads and the [typically] women and girls who love them.

Wikipedia* defines a Mary Sue as “An idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character, a young or low-ranked person who saves the day through unrealistic abilities. Often this character is recognized as an author insert or wish fulfillment.” The definition goes on to say that the term can be expanded to include Gary Stu to describe male characters but caveats that Mary Sue is the default and is often used for both male and female characters. Why is the female pejorative? Why is the default descriptor female? (Hint: it’s sexism)

TV Tropes** points out that the term Mary Sue originated in the generally accepted fact that most fanfiction writers are women and girls and therefore most OC’s in fic are also female. So it’s pretty obvious that despite there being an alleged male counterpart, the term Mary Sue was coined to point the finger at women trying to gain any semblance of visibility in [the Star Trek] fandom. Women have always been in fandom. Always. Yet here we are, the butt of a joke. There’s a lot more detailed information on the TV Tropes page and if fandom history interests you at all, I’d recommend giving it a read.

As a character descriptor Mary Sue has changed so much since its inception in 1974, has absorbed so many tropes, and even expanded to canon characters that it’s lost it’s original meaning. There’s no clear definition and fans now attach it to characters they simply don’t like as flame bait. The point of this post isn’t to dissect the term Mary Sue. I’m here to dissect why Erza Scarlet in particular is not a Mary Sue. The tropes that are typically used in connection to Erza are: idealistic personality, exotic beauty, [until recently] the unexplained over powered nature of her magic, dramatic backstory, and a lack of story-relevant flaws. I’m here to dismantle those one by one. This will be a longwinded post and under a cut.

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