Sunday, November 29, 2015
Jessica Jones is the superhero we all need. She’s not above everyone else. She’s not better than anyone else. Tony Stark excels at creating new tech, Steve Rogers is a flawless and respected leader with a perfect body, Natasha Romanoff is a near-emotionless superspy, Clark Kent is an unstoppable perfection limited only by a glowing green rock, and the rich Batman has a deus ex machina to get him out of every situation. Jessica Jones is a working woman, struggling to make a living, what pitiful version of living she’s doing. Marvel’s Jessica Jones is all about women’s empowerment. Trish Walker’s line perfectly sums up the theme of the series: “Men and power; it’s seriously a disease.”
WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW AFTER THE JUMP
Friday, May 8, 2015
|Mya Stone by Bodach|
Thursday, April 30, 2015
|Melisandre of Asshai by Elia Mervi|
The Red Woman is a brilliant tactician, leader, and actress. She is a goddess incarnate, exceeding any typical priestess. Just as her male priest counterparts do, Melisandre wears red clothing head to toe with unnaturally red hair. Her whole image was unnatural, evoking a sense of mystery and fear. Maester Cressen notes, “Many called her beautiful. She was not beautiful. She was red, and terrible, and red.”1 Melisandre, though equal to a priest in status, is able to do what the priests cannot: give birth to shadow demons. 3
Friday, April 3, 2015
When Women Play the Game: The Seers (Maggy the Frog, The Lady of the Leaves, Mother Mole, Teora Toland)
Women tend to be prophetic in A Song of Ice and Fire. If men are, they tend to be greenseers, like Bran Stark and Jojen Reed. However, this is not a new concept. History and legend have had many women as precognitives, usually vessels of a mother goddess’ words, although they were typically known as witches or hags during the Middle Ages, most definitely denotations. During Christianity’s battle for control of the entire world, they demonized women, and men who had the gift of prophecy were known as holy prophets.
Prior to this, women of foresight were respected and revered. Oracles such as Cassandra of Troy would be highly regarded, but her story was one of great tragedy, for she was cursed by Apollo after declining his advances. Her curse was that she would see the future, but no one would ever believe her. A madness-inducing gift such as foresight would only be exacerbated by the thought that no one believes you, and you have the power to facilitate the change of an outcome.
|The Delphic Oracle, Kylix by Kodros the Painter, c440-430 BC|
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Soon, all will be back to normal. I will resume in-depth looks at the women of A Song of Ice and Fire as we head towards the season premiere of Game of Thrones! I also have a couple folk tune analyses on the horizon! There's a post on Galadriel coming up, too! And much, much more! In the meantime, you can find me reviewing Chris Claremont's X-Men run and posting at tumblr and twitter some feminist goodies! You can also find some of my creative work at Mutant Magazine, the world's foremost satirical fan-made magazine of Marvel's not-so-merry mutants!
Friday, October 17, 2014
I’d written here once before when I first started the blog on whether Queen Elizabeth I should be considered a feminist icon (though I think it should be more aptly titled “The Dichotomous Image of Queen Elizabeth I”). She never really leaves us, her reign having such a cultural, geographical and political impact on the Western world. Recently, a group of eight European folk singers stayed for five nights at the Connington House in Hatfield, where Elizabeth Tudor had been raised. Inspired by their location, they wrote songs about Elizabeth, her reign and the time period. Recurring themes include her ruthlessness and gender discourse. Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Emily Askew, Hannah James and Rachel Newton together create a new folk supergroup to rival The Full English, in which Sam Sweeney and Nancy Kerr also partake.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film is more of what the world needs. It's an outlet for women to be given the chance to direct when they would never be given the time of day in mainstream movies.
Bryce Dallas Howard's segment "Lucy" hits close to home for me, as a family member struggles with Schizophrenia. Lucy, played by Brittany Snow, is sent to an asylum after her mind is relinquished to the voices when she ceases taking her medicine. Though her illness takes power over her at the beginning of the story, she realizes that she can still function relatively normal, unlike others. Her counselor (Octavia Spencer), her new love interest Bruce (Jason Ritter), and a fellow Schizophrenic help her see that.