women of merlin

I had to learn how to be a monster
and I taught every lesson myself.

My claws were just nails
before I dug them deep into earth
and they emerged as sharp branches.

My teeth were just teeth,
blunt with river rock polished edges,
until I broke them on the forest floor,
chewed flint like fudge
and spat out the last softness
that sheltered on my tongue.

I took the human being I had been
and shaped her into a shadow, a demon,
a being of power.

My hands forgot to be anything but fists,
holding only strength and resolve,
my mouth forgot what it was to smile,
forgot kindness, but it learned how to bite,
it learned how to bare teeth like knives

My heart was the hardest part,
still weak with each beat,
because even monsters can learn how to love
but you don’t need to hold hands
when you can hold the world at your feet.

I had to learn how to be a monster.

Why?

Because the world wanted me weak,
and afraid and ashamed.
It wanted me docile.

And I wanted to prove I was more.

So when even our heroes were bowing to pressure,
I remade myself iron


- i had to learn how to be a monster // l.s.

Important Message

Whenever someone says “Why do people always romanticize male friendships on TV/Film?” which I somewhat agree with (as I think friendships/family are more important than romance by far - depending on the relationship)  I swear I loose a bit of my life each day because the fact is really:
It’s not about ‘if two males have a close relationship, they are obviously in love’ as such; it’s about the fact that if one of them was female, their relationship would have begun a long time ago.

If two people meet and instantly have that type of chemistry, the only reason it doesn’t happen is that theyr’e both men and suddenly friendship is more important than romance, even though it happens with m/f relationships all the time.

When a beautiful black woman gets in the way of your hot white male protagonist...

“Abbie is just the cool best friend…”

“Martha Jones is so damn clingy she should die…”

“Michonne is not even hot…”

“Gwen is such a whore, first she wanted Merlin, now she wants Arthur…”

“Alisha is such a slut, she only wanted Simon after he came back from the future…”

“Iris is so full of herself, she doesn’t really love Barry…”

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‘cause there’s gonna be a day when you’re standing in the HALL OF FAME

Happy (Belated) International Women’s Day

I’m looking for really long, ideally completed fics to keep me busy on a plane + car ride!! If you have any recs pls let me know! Plotty, agnsty slow-burns with lots of pining are ideal :)

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Mini self project - Placing Gwen and Morgana in period clothing.
1900′s - Outdoor day wear & evening wear
(note the background are edited photo’s because it’d take too long to individually draw them and I’m lazy af)

Sweet Dreams
  • Arthur: I need to assert my dominance as a man.
  • Morgana: Don't. Ever. Say. That. To. Any. Girl. Ever.
  • Arthur: Too late.
  • -
  • Vivian: WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY TO ME?
  • -
  • Morgana: WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?
  • Gwen: RESPECT HER!
  • Arthur: You know what! I don't have to sit here and take this from you ladies! I'm going to Merlin's. The man cave. Where guys can be guys.
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  • Leon: ASSERT YOUR DOMINANCE OVER WOMEN?
  • Merlin: WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? YOU HAVE A MOTHER!
Arthurian ladies in tv shows and movies

The tag is arthurian tv women

The striked over names are the ones that I have yet to add! Please, let me know if I missed someone!

ADVENTURES OF SIR LANCELOT: Guinevere.
ADVENTURES OF SIR GALAHAD: Guinevere, Morgana, Lady of the Lake
ARTHUR’S QUEST: Morgana.
ARTHUR AND MERLIN: Olwen.
AVALON HIGH:
Guinevere, Arthur.
CAMELOT MUSICAL: Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave) 1, Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave) 2, Guinevere (Marin Mazzie), Guinevere (Meg Bussert).
CAMELOT STARZ: Guinevere, Morgana 1, Morgana 2, Sybil, Bridget, Vivian, Igraine.
CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT (various): Alisande (1949), Morgana (1949), Alisande (Studio One 1952), Morgana (1989), Guinevere (1989), Karen (1989), Katey (1995), Sarah (1995), Morgana (1996), Guinevere (1996), Alison (1996).
DOCTOR WHO CLASSIC: Morgana.
DRAGONS OF CAMELOT: Dindrane, Guinevere, Morgana.
FIRST KNIGHT: Guinevere 1, Guinevere 2.
EXCALIBUR: Guinevere 1, Guinevere 2, Igraine, Morgana.
EXCALIBUR KID: Morgause.
GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT: Lynette, Lady of Lyonesse.
GUINEVERE 1994: Guinevere , Morgana.
GUINEVERE JONES: Guinevere.
KAAMELOTT: Séli, Guinevere, Menvanwi, Lady of the lake, Morgana, Igraine.
KING ARTHUR: Guinevere.
KNIGHT IN CAMELOT: Vivian Morgan, Guinevere.
KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: Guinevere, Elaine, Morgana.
LANCELOT DU LAC: Guinevere.
LANCELOT GUARDIAN OF TIME: Katherine, Vivien.
LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR: Morgana, Guinevere.
LIBRARIANS: Morgana.
MCGYVER: Morgana.
MERLIN BBC: Guinevere 1, Guinevere 2, Guinevere 3, Morgana 1, Morgana 2, Morgana 3, Morgause 1, Morgause 2, Nimue, Isolde, Igraine.
MERLIN 1993: Lady of the Lake.
MERLIN 1998
: Guinevere, Mab, Igraine, Morgana, Nimue, Elaine, Lady of the Lake.
MERLIN AND THE BOOK OF BEAST: Avlynn.
MERLIN AND THE WAR OF DRAGONS: Vivian, Nimue, Igraine.
MERLIN AND THE SWORD: Morgana, Ragnelle, Guinevere, Nimue.
MERLIN L'ENCHANTEUR DESENCHANTE: Vivian, Morgana, Guinevere.
MERLIN OF THE CRYSTAL CAVE: Ninianne.
MERLIN THE RETURN: Guinevere, Morgana.
MISTS OF AVALON: Morgana 1, Morgana 2, Igraine, Guinevere, Morgause, Vivian, Raven.
ONCE UPON A TIME: Nimue, Guinevere.
SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (2002): Morgana.
SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (2010): Morgana.
SPAMALOT: Lady of the Lake
STARGATE S-G1: Morgana.
SWORD OF LANCELOT: Guinevere.
SWORD OF THE VALIANT: Lynette, Morgana.

On women in Merlin: I don’t feel like being an antagonist is a problem. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I could empathize with Sefa, Kara, Guinevere, Morgause, Morgana, Eira and everyone else, even if some were traitors and others were murderers. The thing about this show is that no one is innocent. Nearly every single character has killed at some point, and the moral ambiguity is honestly what I enjoyed about it. I don’t think having lots of female antagonists is sexist in of itself.

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Women of Merlin ~ No More Dreaming Like A Girl

Edited By: Me