Three Things

I thought about doing all of them in one post, but that would be long and disjointed, so I’m going to do two in this one and the other one later.

First thing: I’ve graduated college! Because of that, I need a new name for this blog. Any suggestions are welcome.

Second thing: I got an award!

Thank you  L.E. Hunt The Palace for nominating me! Check her out because she’s awesome and she’s getting published soon.

So here are the rules.

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 blogs (with under 200 followers).

5. Notify these blogs of the nomination.

6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

I don’t understand the fascination with 11, but here goes.

  1. What’s an interesting place you’ve been? My family went on a cruise to Greece and Italy as a celebration of my graduation. It was ten days and it was fabulous. I even found out I can sleep on a boat.
  2. Strange childhood obsession? Warriors by Erin Hunt. It’s a series about cats that a friend and I were into in middle school.
  3. Favorite book genre? I’m going to go with YA, both because I write it and because so many other genres can fit under it.
  4. If given the chance to be immortal, would you take it? Heck no. When God decides he wants to take me, I want to go. I’m not trying to be morbid, Heaven’s just better.
  5. Can you whistle? No.
  6. Was there ever a time you preferred the movie to the book? Yes. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
  7. Do you have any pets? Technically Lizzy is my mom’s dog, but yes.
  8. If you could have another ability, what would it be? The ability to refill things.
  9. What place do you want to live the most? Probably Middle Earth.
  10. Favorite Disney movie? I’m going to break this down into two categories: Disney princess and non-Disney princess. My favorite Disney Princess Movie is The Little Mermaid. My favorite non-Disney princess movie is Peter Pan.
  11. What is the best thing ever? Chocolate.

Now to the 11 random facts about me. I’ve always been terrible at these, so sorry in advance.

  1. I have broken four bones.
  2. I love dogs
  3. I hate cats and they hate me
  4. I’m terrified of down escalators
  5. I don’t like whipped cream
  6. If I had my way, I would never have roommates again
  7. I sleep like one of the dead, so it’s likely unsafe for me to live alone
  8. My favorite color is blue
  9. I watch violent movies on Valentine’s day
  10. My first phone was a pink Razr and it was indestructible.
  11. I’m incredibly unathletic, but not for lack of trying.

Most of the blogs that I follow are ginormous and don’t need any help, so I’ve only nominated six.

Willow Wood

katelynjeane Purposeful Living

L.A. Smith The Travelers Path

Honoring the Heroines

Maria Alexander

Gabriel Lucatero

These are the 11 questions I want them to answer.

  1. Who is your favorite superhero?
  2. Favorite Disney sidekick?
  3. Favorite non-Disney animated movie?
  4. What do you do when you have writer’s block?
  5. If you could pick one mythological being to be real, what would it be?
  6. What’s the best vacation you ever went on?
  7. What’s one unpopular opinion you have and why do you have it?
  8. What’s your zombie apocalypse plan?
  9. If you were a fictional character, what kind would you be? (hero, sidekick, villain, henchman, etc.)
  10. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  11. Sci-fi or Fantasy?

I have one question for everyone. Had you ever heard about this award before now?

 

Putting the Female Back in “Strong Female Character”

 

Honestly, I’ve been meaning to write this since the first Supergirl trailer and Age of Ultron came out, but better late than never right?  Here goes.

I’m so excited to watch Supergirl I can barely contain it. Not only is she female superhero and wonderful and all that jazz, she’s a girl. When I say that, I don’t just mean that she’s female. She’s bubbly and feminine and I love it. I feel like with the whole trope of the “Strong Female Character” all we’ve gotten is a guy with boobs, female but not allowed to be feminine.

As an example, I give you Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you haven’t seen Age of Ultron yet I find that sad and I want you to stop reading this and go watch it immediately. For the rest of you, you’ve probably heard about the Black Widow controversy. I want to call bull on that. Essentially what Joss Whedon did was he made her more human and people hated it. Why? Black Widow’s (Natasha Romanoff’s) big thing has been that we haven’t been given much backstory on her so she gets to kick butt and be Russian and we love her for it. In Age of Ultron, we get some of that backstory. As part of the Red Room, her “graduation” was being sterilized. She can’t have kids ever. Now I’m not saying that all women have to have kids. There are a lot of women that don’t want to have kids and that’s fine, but having the ability taken from you is highly traumatic. Your autonomy has been taken from you in a way. You can no longer change your mind later if you end up wanting to have kids. Not only is this emotionally traumatic, but it’s traumatic to the person herself. Sterilization can cause all kinds of problems, not the least of which is early menopause. The fact that Natasha has been sterilized is very humanizing for her character and it disrupts the mysterious persona she has been given. But why can’t she kick butt and be human, in a distinctly female way?

After this, I was watching Legally Blonde and I realized that Elle Woods was exactly the person I’d been looking for.

Yes. Elle Woods can totally own law school while wearing pink and yet we don’t call her a strong female character. Again I ask why? I think it’s because she doesn’t fit the “man with boobs and a gun” label. She’s intelligent, she’s opinionated, and she spends her free time getting her nails done. Why can’t she have it all?

In the middle of the spectrum marches the wonderful Agent Peggy Carter. She’s gorgeous, she can kick butt in heels, and she can cry because some douchebag shot her roommate in the head. She’s allowed to care and have emotion without us thinking she is weak, because we all know she could kill us with a stapler if she were ever so inclined.

This is the next step. Now that we’ve established that women can be strong, we have to establish that they don’t have to be pseudo masculine to do so. I may or may not be able to beat you senseless with a stapler. That shouldn’t be the qualification for being a strong woman.

What do y’all think?