Tumbling over the past year and a half has made me see the problems of gender roles that exist in media, but sometimes it gets to the point where I over analyze every single piece of television or film that I come across. (However this in no way means that I think feminist media criticism is wrong, or should be avoided!) Mostly I just over think everything.
I’ve thought about this a lot and I think the answer is MORE, and MORE DIVERSE female characters.
We’re used to having one or two female characters in a cast of mostly men, and hold them to a higher standard because of that. So all of feminism is resting on the shoulders of one female character - and that DOESN’T WORK. Because there isn’t one right way to be a woman.
If casts had more diversity of gender, we could have warrior women and non-warrior women, sexual women and non-sexual women, feminine and non-feminine, and mixtures of all of the above…all are completely legitimate ways to be a woman.
We’re used to seeing a lot of hypersexualized, scantily clad, one-dimensional stereotypes of women without stories or motives of their own. We respond by asking for characters that AREN’T THAT, but we may end up pushing too far in the opposite direction, and demonize traits like sexuality, conventional attractiveness, and traditional femininity as “sexist.” That’s why the most popular female characters are the ones that are most similar to male heroes - the Arya Starks - emotionally distant, unattached, solve their problems with violence, not remotely sexual. That’s fine too of course. I love Arya. It’s just not…the only way to be.
So around November a friend gave me a deer carcass for a project I’m in the process of cultivating. I left it hang in a tree over winter to dry out. Today, I went to take it down…but to my surprise, I found new life forming in the heart of death.
THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME
I have to make a presentation for my Natural Sciences class tomorrow. Naturally, as I am going to an HBCU and tomorrow is the first day of black history month, we had to choose black scientists.
I chose Mae Jemison, because she’s an absolute badass.
This is my presentation.
(Except the ‘babe’ slide, I just wanted to let it be known on Tumblr that Mae Jemison was hot.)
Hopefully it doesn’t get me in trouble.
I love this page, not because I wrote it, but because the art is so amazing.
It’s for a benefit anthology, organized by the people who run the THOUGHT BALLOONS comic convention in Leeds, England, one of the most fun and wonderful cons I’ve ever been to, ever.
The anthology has work by Warren Ellis, Ivan Brandon, Rich Starkings, and lots more. This piece was drawn by Tula Lotay, a magnificently talented artist who also is a major force in comics in her section of the country. She elevated this strip tremendously.
The book benefits a children’s charity, Barnardos. I haven’t seen the completed book yet, but it’s been getting astounding reviews and with that line-up, I’m guessing it’s excellent.
I want to work with this artist again really a GREAT MUCHNESS.
Tula Lotay, you rule.
PROOF THE DOCTOR EXISTS!
“Proof” updated version.
STOP IT I’M FREAKING OUT
I am both scared and excited
LET’S NOT FORGET THE DALEK EYESTALK THAT WASHED UP IN FLORIDA
Or the Utah Cave Painting resembling the TARDIS~
let me repost this again
Not to mention the fact Mars is full of water.
Ladies and gentlemen, Gallifrey
Remember those things the Master had? So:
Crack in time?
So now I’m just gonna sit down and wait.
i just nearly fell down the stairs running to tell my dad that the doctor is real and that the internet has proof…
let’s not forget about this painting that has been made in 1959.It looks like Amy and Rory who actually lived somewhere around that time
And what about the REAL LIFE VERSION OF THIS TUMBLR POST that showed up on the DOCTOR WHO TUMBLR in REAL LIFE before we even posted it here to the Doctor Who Tumblr!
I mean it’s REALLY REAL! We scrolled that page and everything! FORGET ALL THE OTHER EVIDENCE!!! IF THE DOCTOR WHO TUMBLR IS REAL THEN THE DOCTOR IS REAL!!!