Day Eleven: Favorite female character in a children’s show
She-Ra. :) I've gushed about her in much greater length on tumblr, but She-Ra was my first heroine. People mock her (and her show) a lot, because its purpose was to sell toys. They mock it because it was all pink and purple, and her Great Rebellion was primary all ladies. But the haters gonna hate: my first heroine was pretty much Xena meets Wonder Woman meets Princess Leia, and her story was far more complex than an 80s show had any right to be.
She-Ra was He-Man's twin sister, kidnapped as a child, raised by the enemy and ultimately came back to the side of good in order to lead the Great Rebellion against the Evil Horde that had kidnapped her as a child. The Great Rebellion was a primarily female army (with the exception of a dorky archer!) who fought against poverty and other social issues, had better toys than Batman could ever dream up, and occasionally had spectacular love interests. She-Ra always believed in redemption, even if you didn't believe it, and it is probably her fault that I need forgiveness to be such a fundamental part of my heroes. (There's a table of heroes somewhere, where She-Ra and Steve Rogers are sitting and having a talk. It's pretty glorious.)
Also, the episode of She-Ra where she fought Huntara was the first time Wee!Pervy had her first introduction to queerness. I didn't know much, but I knew that these ladies were very ... intense
towards each other, and wee!Pervy was greatly dismayed when Huntara had to leave She-Ra. I look back on it now, and laugh at all my confusion and wee!excitement. Day Twelve: Favorite female character in a movie
Saavik. I loved Saavik because she was the worst Vulcan ever (being part Romulan will do that) and because she proved once and for all that the whole "women can't be captains in the 23rd century" was bullshit. She was obviously on track to be captain. I wish people would remember her existence every time they bring out this tired argument, and would just leave the 60s bullshit in the 60s.Day Thirteen: Favorite female character in a book
Who to pick? Do I pick Alanna, who is a fantastic warrior, or Una Meredith, who breaks my heart with her steadfastness? Or maybe I pick Claudia, from the Babysitters Club. I spent most of my teenage years desperately trying to be Claudia, and trying to mimic her fashion. In my heart of hearts, I still wish I was that cool.
But at the end of the day, my all time favorite has to be Sara Louise Bradshaw, from Katherine Paterson's Jacob Have I Loved
. There's so much that is raw and aching about that book, but Sara's story, from a jealous and forgotten child to a woman fighting against discrimination, and finally, to a woman who is settled and secure in her life and family, is a powerful tale. It was one of my favorites when I was young, stupid, and still trying to figure things out, and Louise, in all her bitterness and wisdom, remains my favorite now that I am an adult and know some stuff.
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