Green Lantern v4 #55
Enjoy your tears.
Okay. BRB boarding the feels train right now.
I don’t even read DC comics but this is amazing.
Maybe because it’s late and I’m tired and I’m sitting with my cats, but this is the saddest thing right now for some reason.
God, someone hold me.
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These are all the pretty.
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What do I want instead of a Strong Female Character? I want a male:female character ratio of 1:1 instead of 3:1 on our screens. I want a wealth of complex female protagonists who can be either strong or weak or both or neither, because they are more than strength or weakness. Badass gunslingers and martial artists sure, but also interesting women who are shy and quiet and do, sometimes, put up with others’ shit because in real life there’s often no practical alternative. And besides heroines, I want to see women in as many and varied secondary and character roles as men: female sidekicks, mentors, comic relief, rivals, villains. I want not to be asked, when I try to sell a book about two girls, two boys and a genderless robot, if we couldn’t change one of those girls to a boy.
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A New Story!
Hello all! My dear friend gave me an idea for a Les Mis AU so I decided to run with it. It’s the story of the Barricade Boys set in the Prohibition / Depression Era in Chicago. Enjolras is the leader of the nicest speakeasy in town with the best group of runners in the business. What sorts of adventures will they have?
This story does include violence, language and awesome ships. Especially the E x R and Courfeyrac x Combeferre ships.
Spoiler alert: I am the friend that gave her the idea for this. You should read it, because it is all the wonderful.
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no one is saying that we can’t call writers out for writing sexist stereotypes instead of female characters and no one’s saying that we have to mindlessly worship those characters christ
If a writer writes a character terribly, it is the fans’ right to place the blame where it belongs: on the…
There’s a really good point raised here.
We have hundreds of different examples of ways that men can be strong in mainstream media—single dads like Danny Tanner, superheros like Batman and Superman, secret agents, soldiers, men who love, men who teach, men who nurture.
But we really don’t have many examples of the equally varying types of strong women.
If we have more female characters in the media, then there’s less pressure on each one to represent all aspects of femininity.
I think this is why I liked Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra so much—a sizable chunk (I want to say half, but I’m not totally sure) of the main casts consist of female characters who all represent different and equally valid ways to be female. Their contributions are given equal weight to those of their male counterparts. I think it’s one of the few cases in which every kind of femininity is celebrated like that.
I want more stories that do that, Hollywood. That’s what I want.
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