women's narratives

 Does It Pass The Aila Test?

We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more feminist-friendly films have included their own character tests, like The Mako Mori Test, The Furiosa Test, The Sexy Lamp Test, the list goes on. While these are all helpful (though comical) tools feminists have used to criticize media narratives, very few of them seem to empower or apply when viewing Indigenous and Aboriginal women in media narratives / storytelling.

As a Native woman, I’ve experienced disappointment and heartache from the way Native women were represented on film, television, cartoons, and other forms of media. From stereotypical “Indian princesses” to the distressing amount of physical and sexual violence in live action period pieces, it felt that a Native woman was not a character you were meant to love and root for. She was never a character you were supposed to relate to or want to be. In almost every role she’s in, she cannot exist without being a prop for another character’s story, and if she has a “happy ending,” it’s usually in the arms of a white colonist or settler.

I’ve created the Aila Test to bring my own concerns to the table when feminists criticize media. Not only should these issues be analyzed and addressed, but content creators who write about Indigenous / Aboriginal women should consider writing characters who pass this test. We need them now, more than ever.

To pass the Aila Test, your film / animation / comic book / novel / etc, must abide by these three important rules:

1. Is she an Indigenous / Aboriginal woman who is a main character…

2. Who  DOES NOT fall in love with a white man…

3. And DOES NOT end up raped or murdered at any point in the story.

Do you know characters that pass the Aila Test? Please submit them to this page!

anonymous asked:

its really the end of the world if black people aren't included in everything

what’s your point lmao………….? 

i’m an immense follower of the design legacy that rei kawakubo has created! i’ve studied her work extensively and her mark on the way i dress day to day is absolutely indelible…… i’ve put energy into buying her pieces and consistently seek out parts of the comme archives because the dressing customs that they’ve formed are meaningful and productive for me as a person.

i think as a fan and a consumer i’m allowed to criticize the fact that there have been probably thousands of runway walks over the course of the last 20+ years and that the team at comme des garçons has decided that not a single one of these ensembles has been deemed “fitting” enough for a black model to grace! like that’s an enormous scope of opportunities they’ve had and the team at comme has decided every single time that a black body is not fitting enough to grace a runway. you can argue the importance of a single “no” they’ve given for one model not being black, or even one show not incorporating black models. when it’s imbued into the entire legacy of a brand, it’s a willful decision and definitely a hateful one at that

the fact that the design and presentation try to undo a typical perception of beauty and normativity and yet they bar black women out of the narrative make it really really nefarious…… 

Tell me again it’s not canon.

It’s in the music.

True Love, Tallahassee, Regina’s Price. Cues and keys and crescendos, intertwined, layered again and again, pinned to scenes with the creator’s approval. Operation Mongoose? A TL motif. Going Home? A TL motif. Sacrifices, magic, teamwork? A TL motif.

It’s in the wardrobe.

Red and grey and black and back again. Plaid–confusion, discontent. Deep blue–loneliness, searching for family. Shared clothing, further intertwined. Parallels and callbacks to past couples, inciting conscious and subconscious connections. Why do they share this look instead of them or them?

It’s in the scenery.

Gallant knights with golden hair all in white abreast upright steeds. Splashes of color reflecting mood. Mirrors reflecting each other. Seals and symbols–the Tallahassee and Storybrooke, the dreamcatchers™, mirrors. All mirrors. Unicorn mobiles linked to unicorn hearts. A black unicorn, an unused mobile–innocence lost, never gained? White horses, black swans.

It’s in the camera direction. It’s in the editing.

Iconic shots, tricky angles, cued reactions–focus on her, not on him–which mean something. Rom-com zooms, reflections capturing both, pans guiding our attention to the thoughts behind the dialogue. Everything means something.

And the text. Hell yes, it’s in the text.

The magic to transcend realms. Unstoppable. Unbeatable. Wholehearted understanding, from one to the other. Mirrored storylines and struggles. Intertwined fates–both share a True Love already, after all. Longing glances, jealous quips, situations that require the one to save the other, then the other to save the one. Ultimate sacrifice. All canon. “I saved you, now save me.” “With you, I always know.” “I know you.” They’re stronger together than apart, time and time again.

Yes, it’s in subtext. It’s in innuendo and acting choices, it’s in interpretation and suggestion.

But when it’s built into the very foundation of the show–the Savior meets the Evil Queen–it’s not delusional. It’s not unintentional.

Either the wardrobe department, the music department, the prop department, the actors, and the editors are all going rogue…or someone told them to put it in the music, the wardrobe, the scenery, the camera direction, the subtext, and the text.

Tell me again Swan Queen isn’t canon.

yall out here disliking nesta because she’s a hardass and probably was fighting depression while feyre seemed to be relatively okay to do the things she did while elain and her father were incapable too. but in sarah’s books no one but the main character is allowed to go through traumatic experiences and come back from it because the standard for female characters redemption arc compared to SOME people (side eyes ricerat) is fucking ridiculous. In my eyes, the moment Nesta redeemed herself was when she WENT IN THE FUCKING COLD THROUGH A DANGEROUS FOREST TO SAVE HER SISTER who still couldn’t forgive her. But oh no let’s forgive my creepy assaulter because he’s a good-looking guy!

Nesta literally said Feyre seemed more then capable of taking care of them, that she couldn’t do it herself. And y’all….she right to feel distorted and angry, because she lost her entire life and that’s not easy to come from. And all that prejudice and bullshit nonsense Feyre was sending her way….didn’t help. 
To me, the most annoying part of this fandom is how you put every single male character on pedestals but a female characters makes bad decisions that aren’t perfect and suddenly they’re satan incarnate, smh.

anonymous asked:

So I was thinking the other day. Molly Weasley had to do something after Ginny started Hogwarts, right? Arthur would have been working all day and things with the Order didn't start till the end of Harry's 4th year. So what did she spend her days doing? After having so many kids I can't see her just sitting home. Thoughts?

Thank you for this question. I think it’s important to consider, because we often leave female characters at the altar, so to speak. Yay, you got married, congratulations! Here’s some babies! Now you’ll be happy forever. And that’s not necessarily the story, because women are complex social beings who require something other than their children to occupy them. We’ve all seen the chick flicks where the adult child’s mom hasn’t moved on from their primary duties as a mother, and it’s interesting that we see that as “sad” and “annoying” when we don’t really set up women in fiction with other stories in their fifties and sixties, the times in our lives when at least the women I know are at their happiest.

Of course, Molly meddles in her children’s lives more or less professionally. She keeps tabs on them, makes sure they’re safe and warm and helps with interpersonal conflict as best she can. But there’s so much more to her than that, so much more that’s always been present, and so much more that will develop when she has the time and energy apart from her children. 

Five things I see Molly Weasley doing after Ginny leaves for Hogwarts, besides providing for her kids and being a beacon of gossip and information on all things Wizarding World: 

  • Focusing on her herb garden. She has a lot of magical and Muggle plants, and a lot of deep knowledge of them to share. She definitely gathers what she has into what might eventually develop into a book. Certainly, even after her book plans get interrupted by the war, she continues to share her herbs and her tips and tricks with her circle of friends. 
  • Seeing her friends all the time! She knows plenty of village women, most of them mothers, but some from all sorts of backgrounds. After the twins leave for Hogwarts, she gets back in touch with her best friend from Hogwarts who is just returning from sabbatical in China. She’s loud, reckless, and Molly disapproves completely of her parenting style, but they’ve been friends since they were eleven years old, and it feels good to reconnect with her. 
  • She was always a lover of music, Cestelina Warbeck or no. She pulls out the old records she’d been too busy for, and relearns them inside and out, singing as she goes through her daily chores. She learns to enjoy the time to herself. She’d forgotten that it wasn’t always torture, getting the cobwebs down from corners - just when she was being whined at from below. 
  • Volunteering. Ottery St. Catchpole isn’t a rich community, and many of the families around are worse off than the Weasleys themselves. Once a week, she spends a day at the old church in the valley, putting meals together for the Muggle women who come by with babies around their ankles, or sorting clothes for drives. It feels good to give back, to be out in the world, to make friends in the community..although her motives aren’t entirely selfless. Volunteering also gives her a sight of control over projects that she misses as a mother. Bossing people around never stopped being her strong suit, really. 
  • Babysitting the children and grandchildren of the village, of her friends, of Bill’s friends. She loves babies, her own or not, and enjoys long afternoons with kids too young to be left with neighborhood teenagers. 
Women warriors: story of Khatoon Khider and her Daughters of the Sun
Khatoon Khider used to be a popular Yazidi singer. Now she’s the head of an all-women battle unit with Isis in its sights. By Emma Graham-Harrison
By Emma Graham-Harrison

After what happened to Yazidi women and girls, I decided to stop singing until I take revenge for them,” she says. “Maybe I will go back to music, but I think this job as a soldier will be a long one.”

(As a side note: There’s dozens and dozens of these sorts of stories that are constantly mailed to me. I am usually uncomfortable posting them, as there’s a legitimate case to be made that they are wartime propaganda. Most I’ve seen have been poorly written, poorly sourced, and slanted to encourage cheerleading over critical thinking. What sets this one apart for me is its in-depth interviewing, and focus on who she is as a person over the ‘ISIS/ISIL/Daesh fears women’ narrative.)

(thanks to Becca for sending this in!)

i love steve trevor in wonder woman because how rare is it that a woman, a woman of COLOUR, gets to be the central character of the story and the hero, while ALSO being allowed to fall in love with someone and NOT have to detract in any way from her independence and ability as a hero?

anonymous asked:

Sorry to bother but it happens that I have a friend who sees Supernatural an he says that Destiel will never be canon because Dean is too male chauvinist (this friend is not homophobic, he'd be okay with a gay couple) and that the whole show is male chauvinist too but I don't know how to argue it with him. I mean, I think that about the show too, but not so much about Dean Winchester. Maybe you could explain what you think about it?

Whoa, no bother at all - what are tumblr friends for if not proving RL friends wrong?

So, first - this has nothing to do with anything, but you woke my inner language monster, and now you’re going to suffer a paragraph of consequences, because chauvinism - now, that’s a word I haven’t heard in a long time. It’s a ‘70s thing, ins’t it? Male chauvinist pigs and all that. I know we used it back when I was desperate to be a Communist, and we comrade’d one another in a laudable effort to pretend the Berlin wall was still up and everyone was into LSD and free love and we actually had something to be angry about.

(Turns out the word comes from Chauvin, some officer guy in Napoleon’s army who was extremely patriotic, and that’s mostly what it means - how it came to mean “an attitude that the members of your own sex are always better than those of the opposite sex”, that’s something I wish I had the time to investigate.)

My second point is, why couldn’t someone be gay and chauvinist? Gay people are people, which means some of them are complete and utter dicks. I personally know at least two gay men who have horrific political opinions and are complete mcp despite being out and proud and sharing an apartment with a (male) partner and an assortment of cats, pianos and art books. I mean, in an ideal world, people who belong to a minority group should, like, avoid sympathizing for a majority group who’d have then hanged and quartered if at all possible, but sadly, this isn’t always the case. I still remember a thing that happened in Italy a few years back - a black guy who tried like nothing else to become a member of a Nazi ‘party’ and went all the way to court because they wouldn’t let him join. And he wasn’t doing it out of some cunning political design or anything - he actually held Nazi beliefs, but he’d apparently forgotten that, in the eyes of European Nazis, he was the ‘undesirable’ one. Whoops.

That said, I don’t see how the term applies to Dean at all. I mean, again - the definition of ‘male chauvinist’ goes as follow: “a male who patronizes, disparages, or otherwise denigrates females in the belief that they are inferior to males and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit”. Now, I think I said before that when I started to watch the show, I didn’t particularly like Dean. He had this fuckboy aura, you know? The love ‘em and leave ‘em personality I just can’t stand in real men - and, well, I like to think even fictional men have to work very hard to be likeable when they’re like that. But even back then, I never thought of him as a male chauvinist. Sure, he was a bit of an idiot, but nothing more than that. Like, when he’s short and dismissive with women, that generally comes from a place of genuine concern - for instance, he didn’t want Haley to come with them to hunt the wendigo back in S02E01 because he knew she would get hurt, or worse, not because she was a girl. 

His default functioning mode is to lie to everybody, and his tactics involve, first and foremost, to maintain a safe distance from others. This normally translates into flirting and smiling, which come off as a bit assholish when he’s in a position of power, and as downright irritating when he’s not (for instance, think about how he is around police officers - the textbook definition of ‘little shit’). So there’s that, and okay. But when he’s around women who can take care of themselves, like Ellen or Jody, he never treats them any differently than he would men. I think he even discussed the thing out loud, maybe with Jo? How his main categorization there was hunter vs civilian, and not men vs women? I’m slightly feverish and out of focus right now, so I’d rather not check, but I’m sure there was something like that. And also: one of the things I like about him, and, incidentally, another argument to use against your friend, is that Dean never thinks less of a woman just because he’s slept with her. This, in my book, is the mark of a true misogynist - how they tend to divide the world between ‘bitches who won’t sleep with me’ and ‘sluts who’ll sleep with anybody, including me’. I’m currently locked in a vicious fight with a colleague of mine who’s exactly like that, and it’s truly amazing how he can both be pathetically grateful to this woman he’s seeing because, yay!, sex and companionship, while disparaging her every chance he’s got because, you know, that’s not how proper women should behave. And Dean - Dean’s not like that. The most glaring example is perhaps Lisa - how they had a weekend of dirty, dirty, dirty sex and yet when they see each other again, Dean’s not dismissive of her in any way. Just like he never says a word against Cassie, or those two hunters we know he’s slept with, because that’s just not who he is.

(This goes both ways, of course: when faced with a female opponent, Dean never underestimates her and never holds back.)

The thing is, I think your friend may be referring to performing!Dean, because, even though Dean’s not like that, the world he lives in - that’s a different story. Or, well, that’s what we believed until S11 went and shit rainbows all over our screens, because, man - turns out hunters just don’t care? That there are women who hunt alone and gay hunters who’re well-known and respected in the community and whoa, Dean got it so wrong all these years. And this, as many discussions here on tumblr have been pointing out for months, is the real game changer: not Dean’s feelings, per se, but what happens around him. Because if Dean had grown up in this world, and not his father’s - well, we don’t even have to imagine what kind of person he’d be today. We know.

i feel like the narrative on women and makeup has become so muddled and confused and misguided. there is honestly an industry at this point based on denying that makeup has anything to do with patriarchy in any way, shape or form. despite the obvious fact that, no, the vast majority of men do not wear makeup–and yes, we still consider many of them beautiful without it, and without even thinking about it. 

the beauty industry has become attuned enough to the change in culture and women’s increasing liberation over time that they can no longer get away with marketing all their products as “fixes” for your “flaws.” no, they’ve actually co-opted feminist/activist rhetoric to sell their products to you. this imbues their product with a significance and a weight that, without this language, it simply does not have. sadly a lot of this language is similarly used by makeup blogs/vlogs/instagrams/etc without understanding that the capitalist machine has pushed this nonsense on us for years to dupe us. let’s actually take a look at some modern advertising in the beauty industry:

wow! it’s almost like “having it all” sounds familiar? hm, where have i heard that?

this is just one of dozens of products that compare their makeup to a revolution.

the beauty industry has been steadily using rhetoric to suggest that cosmetics bring women power and the like, such as:

but when all else fails, don’t convince women that beauty products will empower, change, enliven them, or make them assertive. just tell them it’s a part of who they are!

because how could the real you shine through without the help of some new foundation or lipstick?

there is such an absurdity to these slogans and such a sexism to the idea that these products are going to change women’s lives, bring them confidence, give them power or anything else. these products, nine times out of ten, are going to paint women’s faces in order to make them more appealing to the patriarchy.

it’s even gone far enough that women online have recently created a hashtag #thepowerofmakeup (?) to insist that makeup is not due to insecurities or a desire to please boys, but simply a personal choice and pleasure that exists in a vacuum and has nothing to do with anything else ever. this is the extent of the brainwashing. i don’t condemn these women in any way because their lack of understanding is not their fault and is a product of growing up in the society they have. to make myself perfectly clear, i do not condemn any women who wear makeup in any context. however the hashtag creator’s notion that “nowadays…it’s almost a crime to love doing your makeup” is literally baffling. makeup has never been more popular or beloved than it is right now, and the small group of people criticizing its misogynistic origins are nothing compared to the millions of women who feel compelled to spend hundreds every year on these products. it’s incredible to see women who do wear makeup portrayed as the outcasts, while women who don’t wear makeup know that they’ll have a tougher time getting jobs, be consistently assumed tired/upset/having a bad day, and be generally considered less desirable and inadequately feminine on the whole. 

speaking of the growing prominence of youtube channels, instagrams, tumblrs, etcetcetc centered around makeup and makeup products, i want to make a point. can makeup be art? absolutely! can makeup be fun? absolutely! can makeup exist totally separate from male dominant spaces? i’m not positive, but i think it’s possible. however, it is the dominant culture’s obsession with and need for these products which is harmful to women and girls. many will proclaim that, “i like how i look without makeup too!” and “i can still leave the house without it!” but, as someone who once constantly reiterated these phrases, unfortunately i know them to be denials in many many cases. i felt myself, over the years, insisting that i could leave the house without makeup, yet found myself doing that, at most, five times in an entire year. i told myself i liked how i looked without makeup, yet after two days in the house without a drop, i looked in the mirror and felt ugly, dirty, incomplete. and i know i am not alone. sure makeup makes you feel beautiful, but why?

if we want to talk honestly about makeup and the enormous influence it has on women and girls, we have to rid ourselves of patriarchal notions and delusions that makeup “just makes me feel good!” and embrace the idea that we can feel good, all the time, be beautiful, all the time, no matter what we look like, without makeup in any form. our choices do not exist in a vacuum, and there was a reason i cried hysterically to my mother at 13 for not being allowed to wear mascara. all women are beautiful, all the time. it’s okay that women wear makeup. we just need to start examining why we want to, and patriarchy’s role in that “choice.”

Me: *thinks about the in the heights movie and all of the hype I’m giving it despite the fact that it most likely won’t feature any of the cast members that caused me to fall in love with such a production, the fact that it’s still a few years away so I have no idea if I’d still even like in the heights by the time it comes around, the ridiculously high standards I have for the cast especially in casting an all poc cast being my number one want (something Hollywood’s been notorious in withholding), the fear of adding foreign plot points or even worse SUBTRACTING important plot points, the fear of somehow removing women from the narrative, the fear of watering down such a beautiful story in general*

Me: *cries*

Expressing love for a “bad” character while also expressing strong dislike for a “good” character is not necessarily “bashing character B to make character A look better.” Sometimes it’s simply expressing one’s preferences.

I think there’s a lot of really harmful pressures on butches both from feminist lesbians (yes that is backwards on purpose) and from queer groups that, even if they don’t actively pressure butches into disidentifying (which is rare) even then only begrudgingly allow butches and other gnc women some language to talk about ourselves. And a lot of that pressure is specifically around the proper relationship to men, masculinity, etc- all of which we are supposed to wholly reject as things to which we have any relationship, and that isn’t fair and restricts the way women are allowed to think of ourselves which I never support in general but especially not for a group of women who’ve been so wholly abandoned by a lot of groups because we aren’t convenient.

Like a lot of studs, bois, etc that I know (and butch is a particular term with some connotations different from stud, boi, etc although they refer to similar experiences) think of themselves as close to men relationally. Some even (gasp! THE HORROR!) refer to themselves as transmasc, or have mostly male friends because the women around them reject their gender nonconformity or they just relate to men better. And just because that’s not how all of us think of ourselves doesn’t mean it is bad or incorrect or antifeminist or anything like that. We are allowed to have complicated relationships to gender, to womanhood, to masculinity.

The only issue is making broad blanket statements, like that butchness and masculinity are totally separate or separable, when many women (myself included) find a lot of ourselves in narratives about “female masculinity” or “mannish women” or even transmasc narratives, and most butches I know who have rejected those (which is fine!) used to utilize at least one of those frameworks. But I often referred to myself jokingly with the word “guy” and find it comfortable as long as it isn’t taken too seriously, and there are men in my life with whom I have decidedly masculine bonds or bonds specifically over masculinity in a way that feels like brotherhood and those things are fine. You don’t have to choose. You aren’t ever obligated to lie to make someone else more comfortable about who you are and how you think of yourself. My butchness is going to be different from that of the other butches I know and that’s fine- we can voice the same experiences in different ways, and that is fine.

College Bloggin’

One of my teachers emailed me about the syllabus and added at the end ‘you contributions in class are superb,’ and I was gonna respond with ‘thank you, it is my last semester so I think I’ve luckily built up a lot of historical analysis skills.’

And then I got rid of the ‘luckily’ part cause I read on interesting article on how women often attribute their successes to ‘luck’ and things outside of themselves instead of personal hard work- which plays into narratives of women being passive vessels of their accomplishments instead of active participants.

So hell yeah I do superb talkin’ now, ain’t luck, I studied hard & think critically, hell yeah.

For International Women’s Day, I want to tell you a little story that I just wrote my art history paper on. 

This is Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi. It depicts the violence of two women decapitating Holofernes’ head (one of the general’s of the King Nebuchadnezzar’s army). Gentileschi is known for painting scenes during the 17th century Baroque movement that illustrated violence towards men. This is because whenever she was 18, she claimed to have been raped by one of her father’s colleagues at the university she studied art at. When she spoke out against him, the man went through trial but was never punished for his actions. Judith Slaying Holofernes is a story portrayed in the bible. At the time, the Assyrian army was about to destroy the town of Bethulia. Judith had snuck into his tent late at night with her maidservant, seduced him, got him drunk, and decapitated his head when he passed out. The next day, she had hung his head on the gates to the city showing that the entire Assyrian army couldn’t go further because of their dead general. Because of this action, Judith was seen as the city’s heroine. Gentileschi’s characteristics in this painting are shown to be very forceful and violent. She is telling this story out of anger through her experiences with men. To the audience, it shows that women (even religious ones) can be a lot more than what men can expect from them, and nothing is stopping them to get justice. And if you don’t think that is not just the most badass thing you’ve heard all day then I don’t know what is. 

‘Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It means life.’ - An Analysis of The Pilot

I’ve written before about how life-affirming this show was, but finally we have a line that’s pretty much a manifesto for it and the Moffat era in particular. This show has, since I was 12 years old provided me with something I needed. When I began being seriously bullied, it was a respite where eccentricity and outcasts were welcomed, escapism in its purest form. I don’t honestly know what I would do, or who I would be without it. The stories have always saved me when I needed them most. 

Approaching another difficult period in my life where I’m about to start living as myself and it has done it again. ‘You’re safe in here. You’re always safe in here.’ positions the TARDIS as a safe space in a world where people love to shit on millennials and minorities for needing places of sanctuary. Doctor Who offers that without question without judging us for it.

Bill’s reaction to Heather’s ‘defect’, a thinly-veiled allegory for her sexuality is in a similar vein. Bill; who is open about her sexuality; refers to it as ‘a star’, which is what causes Heather to open up to her in the first place. Bill is acceptance, something which Heather was clearly lacking in her life, and which is part of why she held on so tight to her promise. A lesser show would have killed her off, but this is not a lesser show. This is a show which lives on affirming hope. Game of Thrones, it is not. 

Speaking of Bill, the power which women hold over the narrative this episode is crucial, including the absent ones. The TARDIS, Susan (who not coincidentally was left behind because the show in its infancy quite literally didn’t know what do with her, treating her as a Problem) and River being what persuades him to travel with Bill even against his unknown promise is wonderful, but most important is Clara Oswald, whose legacy is to stand up for Bill’s agency and force the Doctor to empathise, to realise what he’s doing is wrong regardless of any reason. It’s also this that shows the Doctor again that he needs someone, someone who calls him out at the right moments. The story begins again. This really is a time for heroes.

Time and relative dimension in space, it means ‘what the hell’. 

Is The White Princess Empowering? 

I love period dramas. Like most things in my life, I blame Xena for that. This past week I was able to watch a special screening of The White Princess through Refinery29. It was an interesting watch. I am not a fan of Phillippa Gregory’s interpretations of the women involved in the Wars of the Roses. However, I do often enjoy these types of shows because, despite it all, I know there are good acting and eye candy. The White Princess was no different and while I was watching it and listening to the Q&A after, I was thinking about how we tell the stories of women in history. Specifically as to how they choose to portray empowerment. This got kinda long, but I hope all my other history lady loving nerds will see where I’m coming from. I’m enjoying the show, but I just gotta call something out…

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alright kids listen up because i’m going to explain why anyone who feels sara “hotlips” “the biguar” lance or dinah “tina” “her?” drake is more true to comics black canary is wrong and their arguments are wrong

and also, no disrespect to sara or dinah, this is really about realizing them as separate characters of their OWN merit and how frustrating it is that people try to shove them into what they believe is comics canon because they’re uncomfortable with laurel. i don’t want to see dinah or sara hate on this.

and let me preface by saying that comics? comics are bad. i want us to all go in with an understand that some comics are good, but comics are bad. and i also want us to remember that arrow, arrow is bad. arrow is so bad.

one more preface this is super anti arrow’s oliver queen so just skip on ahead if you don’t enjoy the taste of me always being right. long post under the cut

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as a continuum from last year, here’s the info for this year’s Tolkien WLW Week! your can contribute graphics, fanfic, fanmixes, anything you want as long as it relates to Tolkien ladies & femslash!

             — wlw = women-loving woman
             — a week dedicated to Tolkien fandom femslash 
             — runs from June 18th — 25th
             — tracks the tag #wlwtolkienweek


            day 1 & 2:    favourite female character(s)
            day 3 & 4:    favourite femslash ship(s)
            day 5 & 6:    rewriting women into the narrative
            day 7:          free choice


and in the star-glimmer
the stars trembled
let not your heart be sad
beauty is terror
i waited until my bones turned to dust
but we are not men
not all those who wander are lost
our doom shall be alike
a merrier world
beyond sorrow and grief
into the west
want more prompts? message me & i’ll generate some more!


        do I need to follow the schedule/prompts? No, it’s just an (optional) guide if you don’t know where to begin. 
         what can I make? You can create anything you want :) 

Every time one of the One Direction boys gets a new girlfriend or gets someone pregnant I check their tag to see the mad conspiracy theories and the little girls flipping out. Seriously though, they all seem to think that pregnancy is only something women do to trap men instead of a mutually loving decision between two partners. Can we end this narrative that women are bewitching the men you like with their genitals?