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Title: Acceptable Gifts
Rating: PG
Fandom: DC Comics
Characters: Cassie Sandsmark/Kara Zor-El
Word Count: 644
Prompts 045: Children. @ Women Are Awesome Challenge | Issues @ dcu_freeforall
Author's Notes: Written as part of the (very belated) Women's History Month prompt meme for [personal profile] milleniumrex who asked for Cassie/Kara, mothers and daughters.
Summary: Cassie and Kara go shopping for Mother's Day cards.

Acceptable Gifts )

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zarabithia: (and then they had sex)
Repeated Footage (1062 words) by faviconPervyficgirl
Fandom: seaQuest
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katherine Hitchcock/Benjamin Krieg, Jonathan Ford/Katherine Hitchcock
Characters: Benjamin Krieg, Katherine Hitchcock
PromptsKatie/Ben(/any), the past was part of her future for modestroad (very belatedly) for the Women's History Month Prompt meme.  | 003. Friendship @ Women Are Awesome Challenge.
Summary: After the events of the first season finale, Katie and Ben share some downtime.

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zarabithia: (selina)
Title: Selina Kyle, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Fandom: DC/Marvel

Word Count: 1556

Rating: PG-13

Characters: Selina Kyle, Cassandra Cain, Sharon Carter, Natasha Romanova, Bobbi Morse, Kate Bishop, Brenda Del Vecchio

Prompt(s): 002. Survival @ Women Are Awesome Challenge | scar/scarred @ [livejournal.com profile] dcu_freeforall.

Notes: Written (very belatedly) for women's history month for [livejournal.com profile] whipsy.

Disclaimer: None of them are mine.

Summary: Angry, traumatized girls. Let's give them more weapons.

Selina Kyle, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. )

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zarabithia: (buffy quote: strong women are awesome)
First, I must acknowledge that March has completely kicked my ass, and I got drawn into an epic 28,000 word and still not done yet fic, so the fics I was going to write for this month have gone sadly unwritten. I would feel badly about this, but I feel like I generally write more female-centric fics than most (certainly not all, hi, noticeable members of my flist!) of comics fandom combined, so I can't feel too badly about it. I still chattered about women all month, and that was fun.

I will, however, get to those fics I promised eventually. Especially the ones my flist prompted, because you give great ideas, flist/circle.

So, we're up to day 30 on the female character meme. It is listed as:

Day Thirty: Whatever you’d like!

That is extremely lazy of you, meme. I am going to be equally lazy in return, and analyze the choices I made this month for this meme for my "whatever."

1.) I like my women to lack passive in their aggression.
2.) There are so many women that I adore as characters that I did not fit in this meme. Katara and Toph are missing, for goodness' sakes. And because I had such a hard time narrowing it down in so many cases, and because I still left out so many awesome women, I find that I am incredibly unsympathetic to the claim that fandoms - especially superhero/sci-fi fandoms - don't have any interesting women, so we must always focus on the men. Well, okay, I've always been unsympathetic to that claim, but especially now.
3.) I am really fond of women who push the boundaries of what is acceptable in their given genre/society/whatever.
4.) I am kind of incredibly fond of female-female relationships, whether they are mothers/sisters/friends/whatever.
5.)  I like to cheat when I'm supposed to only list one character.

Entire list of days )

And with that, dear flist/circle, you can breathe a sigh of relief that the daily spam is over! :)

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zarabithia: (babs)
Day Twenty-Seven: A female character you have extensive personal canon for

Hmm. I have a lot of personal canon that has no other purpose than to completely erase the bits of canon that I do not care for. :) But I feel like maybe that's not what this question is aiming for. So in terms of personal canon that fills in the gaps instead of taking a magical eraser to the bad parts, I have to go with Sarah Rogers. We know very little about her, other than she was the most important influence of Steve's life,that she encouraged his art geek ways, and that she died young. Oh, and just probably that she liked baseball a lot. :)

But there's such a story there, waiting to be told about that woman. The kind of morals she must have had, the kind of beliefs she must have shared, the kind of strength she must have possessed -  all those things must be true in order for Steve to have turned out the way he did. And they all exist inside my head. :)

Day Twenty-Eight: Favorite female writer (television, books, movies, etc.)

Marjorie Liu is to comics what everyone tries to pretend Gail Simone is, in terms of awesome female characters. Except without the gratuitous slut shaming and bizarre ignoring of characters' histories that Simone does.

The very best example of Liu's awesome will always be Black Widow, for the 6 issues she was on it. Her Natasha was utterly fantastic and smart and so much more than the fetish fuel many of Natasha’s male writers have made her over the years. Liu’s Natasha was complicated and cunning, and fought against Elektra just hours after her stomach had been sliced open. Yet, there was still mutual respect there, between them, so it wasn’t cat-fighty, the way many female-female fights in comics tend to go.  It made me want a Liu-written Elektra series, to be honest. And also, a Liu-written Birds of Prey. I really, really would kill for a Liu written Birds of Prey. It would be the best of all things ever.

And while Black Widow was my introduction to Liu’s awesomeness, she’s also written other stuff. From her website: “Hi. I write books about women warriors covered in demonic tattoos, and men who can shape-shift into tigers. If a merman or gargoyle shows up, all the better! I also write comics for Marvel. To learn more about me, please visit www.marjoriemliu.com.”

Day Twenty-Nine: A female-centric fic rec

Just one? LOL. Have five:

Silence {Young Justice | M'Gann | G} Megan is given a great deal of advice on how to deal with Wally. All it does is remind her of the fact that nobody on Earth speaks like she does, and that her body is not her own.

The Many Waves of Princess Ariel { Little Mermaid | Ariel/many | NC-17} "But Ariel knew there were many kinds of waves. There were small trickling ones that kept marching one after another; there were ones that slammed against the rocks of the shore as if in fury; there were ones that came unexpectedly and forced you under, tumbling and bruising you before spitting you back to the surface; there were ones you didn’t see as much as feel, ones that moved below the surface with a will. And she wanted to dip her newfound feet in every one of them."

That Old Game {She-Ra | Adora/Catra | R}  Catra takes a captive. Adora finds something that was lost.

Two Birds in a Bar { Harry Potter/DC Comics |  Tim Drake & Minerva McGonagall | PG} "At least that's a proper boy's name. Not like that Bat fellow."

Threads That Are Golden Don't Break Easy {Torchwood/Narnia | Susan & Jack & everyone | PG-13}  Susan meets Captain Harkness at various points in her life. Redeems Susan and melds awesome with Torchwood. 

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zarabithia: (shayera)
Holy Completely Behind On This Meme, Batman! Sorry, flist, I have been busy writing/working/being exhausted/spamming tumblr.

Catch-up times!

Day Twenty-Three: Favorite female platonic relationship

Jessica Jones + Young Avengers )

Day Twenty-Four: Favorite female romantic relationship

John and Shayera )

Day Twenty-Five: Favorite mother/daughter and/or sister relationship

Joyce, Buffy & Dawn )

Day Twenty-Six: Favorite classical female character (from pre-20th century literature or mythology or the like)

Athena )

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zarabithia: (young avengers kick ass team)
Day Twenty-Two: Favorite female character you love but everyone else hates

Sadly, there are a lot of women I could pick for this. But I will go with the most recent example of people BEING WRONG ON THE INTERNET and go with Cassie Lang.

Disclaimer: I agree that Cassie made the wrong choice during Civil War and ditching your teammates is pretty shitty. She made a bad choice, and I understand people not liking her for it. But the hate for her is so over the top and ridiculous that people write thinly-veiled character bashing fics where they hilariously let the characters act in all sorts of OOC ways in order to express their hate. Y'know, when they manage to acknowledge that she exists at all.

Seven Reasons Cassie Lang hate is stupid:

Shockingly, I got wordy.  )

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zarabithia: (trek: idic)
Day Twenty-One: Favorite female character screwed over by canon

Aha. I think it's time for another top five list. Because really, just one? In my fandoms? Not likely.


5. Cassandra Cain: We all know that story. While I am enjoying Stephanie's story as it unfolds very much, DC's continual Cassandra issues are making me very frustrated.

4. Lian Harper. Hi, there, classic example of fridging. But, hey, Roy and Ollie are such more interesting characters with her dead, really. So clearly, she served her purpose. /sarcasm.

3. All of the Amazons, ever: Funny how they keep getting blown up, erased from history, turned evil, etc. And I'm sorry, but I judge the hell out of anyone who had the bad taste to like Amazons Attack. Bees and misogyny, my god.

2. Sue Dibny & Jean Loring: Jean's actions were completely ridiculous and made no damn sense. Sue's fate was horrifying and so obviously written by clueless assholes who embody the worst of fanboy culture. I have no idea which one to say was worse. They are both pretty awful, so they can tie at number 2.

1. Wanda Maximoff. If she isn't womb crazy in the 616, she's being put into a degrading incestuous relationship with her brother in the Ultimates verse. Either way, there's very little sign of the strong female character who used to be. I mean, if your teenage son has to save you because you're too weak to do it yourself, there are problems. But I like to think that real!Wanda and real!Jan are hanging out together somewhere not dead and plotting a way to break through the 4th wall and punch Bendis in the kidneys.

NOT Comics:

Cut because I got wordy )

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zarabithia: (shayera)

Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character

My favorite is the JLU version of Hawkgirl. While I never cared one way or the other about comics Hawkgirl, I fell hard for Shayera in the toon verse. I loved her whether she was trying to figure out her relationship with John, trying to figure out where her allegiance should lie, or giving Hawkman a good punch (a long time coming!) I loved her "fall" and her determination to rise back up again. She never stopped being strong, even when she was at her weakest. So many people who want to write "vulnerable" female characters should take a look at her portrayal. This is how you do it without being offensive about it.

Day Twenty: Favorite female antagonist

I am tempted to say Faith, but that feels like cheating, since I already used her for a different answer. So I'll go with Azula. 

I think that the end of the show is a little bit of a cheat. All of the sudden, her evilness is because she has mental problems, when there was no sign of that prior in the show.

BUT. I loved that she was able to be a female antagonist who kept her powers til the very end. I've spent too long in comics fandoms, where women are unable to control their powers, or lose control of their powers, especially when they go evil. But Azula was powerful and smart and knew how to use her powers very well, thank you very much.

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Day Eighteen: Favorite non-warrior female character

I'll admit, this one is hard. As a general rule, I like my fictional characters to be warriors. This is true, whether they are male or female. And if I am reading a story full of glorious male warriors, then I start to feel cheated if the women are not warriors, too.

It's also hard because the definition of warrior is kind of vague. I mean, most of the women I read about can and do defend themselves or their home fronts. Does warrior have to mean a woman that is by definition a superhero or soldier? Or, do they also count as warriors if they are fighting the good fight - just not necessarily in the traditional way? People like early!Willow, or Anya, or Janet Frasier or Beverly Crusher: they weren't traditional warriors, but calling them non-warriors seems very wrong, somehow.

I like strong women, okay?

Ugh, this question. So hard.

I think my favorite has to be Movie!verse Pepper Potts. (I like comics Pepper very much, too, but Movie!Pepper is my favorite.) I love Pepper so much that I read a lot of Pepper/Tony fics, despite the fact that I don't technically ship them. (but no, I'm not crying over poor Happy, either, lol.) I love that much of movie verse fandom embraces everything that I love about Pepper in their fics. It helps that some of the best characterization of Tony Stark that I've ever read comes from the Pepper/Tony fics. Strong women + fun!Tony Stark are strong enough to overpower any 'ship I don't otherwise have an investment in.

As for Pepper, In the strictest sense of the word, she isn't a warrior. She's the support cast, and technically the love interest. But let's be honest, if you took Pepper Potts out of that first Iron Man movie, everyone dies, including the hero. Because she was strong enough to save the day and walk right next to SHIELD agents, even though that wasn't her traditional role.

She was strong enough mentally to stand up and be a warrior, when her overly complicated life demanded it, even if it wasn't the life she'd wanted. And at the end of the day, that's kind of the trait I look for in my non-warrior women.

And [community profile] fannish5:

Who are your five favourite female characters of colour?

Holy hard to narrow it down, Batman! )

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zarabithia: (diana glare)
Day Sixteen: Favorite mother character

Joyce Summers )

Day Seventeen: Favorite warrior female character

Wonder Woman )

Also, a few pimps:

You should go leave some prompts for the multi-fandom Femslash Today Porn Battle.

Also, you should swing by  Tentacle Fest.

You should also consider signing up for Remix.  DC, Trek and Marvel are among eligible fandoms, and you should sign up so I have something awesome to remix.

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zarabithia: (faith)
Day Fourteen: Favorite older female character

Marilla Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables. I loved Marilla for her temper, for her stubbornness, for her ability to admit when she was wrong (eventually... ;) ) and for the obvious way that she respected Anne's passion, even if she would never admit it.

I also loved her for the obvious queer relationship she had going on with Rachel Lynde. :)

Victorian stuff aside, if I am able to be half as cool in my old age as Marilla, I will take it as a plus.

Day Fifteen: Favorite female character growth arc

Faith Lehane, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I loved the way that Faith complimented Buffy by being her direct opposite and the way they couldn't decide if they cared about/fought with/wanted to look out for each other. Her redemption story is my favorite, and I loved that it didn't come easy at all. She really had to struggle to get there, but once she got there, her remorse was obvious - but it never made her less than she used to be. She was still strong, confident and capable, even when she was at her lowest. From slayer to bad girl to reformed guardian of the Cleveland Hellmouth (which is where my season 8 canon ends), her arc was a complete one, but still let me wish for more of her adventures. It was pretty perfect.

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zarabithia: (feminist: girls bite)
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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zarabithia: (hug: amy pond and doctor)
Day Ten: Favorite female character in a scifi/supernatural show

Even taking the women I've already gushed about (Buffy, Sam Carter, etc.) out of the running, this is really hard to narrow down. My general rule is if a scifi/supernatural show doesn't have a woman that I can latch onto and love, I won't love the show.

And I love a LOT of scifi/supernatural shows. So that should tell you something.

I think it's time for another top five:

5. Lieutenant Commander Katherine Hitchcock, SeaQuest DSV: She could build things! I loved her engineering skills the most. She graduated at the top of her class! Women could not only serve on subs, but they could be high ranking officers on them! What an awesome future that was. SeaQuest was not the finest hour of television, but I always regret that I didn't get more than one season of Katie, especially when I look back on "Nothing But the Truth," which really showed her strength of character and duty well.

4. Major Kira Nerys, Star Trek DS9:  She was temperamental and opinionated, and I loved her all the more for it. Her character arc is one of my absolute favorites.

3. Nyota Uhura, Star Trek TOS: There is always a bit of wishing that the 60s hadn't been the 60s involved here, but we need look no further than "Mirror, Mirror" to know that she was a fab character in her own right, the 60s be damned. "Sorry, neither" will never stop being a fantastic line.

2. Dr. Katherine Pulaski, Star Trek: TNG: Ahaha. She was cranky and didn't mind telling the stuffy crew when they were full of it. She used splints! And chicken soup! She was awesome, and I would have liked the show better if she'd stuck around. (And anyone who says she was "Bones with tits," is getting a virtual punch in the face.) There's an alternate Trek world where she stayed doctor and Commander Shelby became first officer - and in that world, TNG is a far better Trek verse than any of the others.

1. Amy Pond, Doctor Who: Aahaha. I love Amy so much. My love is irrational and over the top and I don't care. I have unfriended people for saying harsh things about Amy Pond. :) That's how Over the Top I am in my fannishness for her. She is fully aware and fond of her sexuality, she thought saving the the last of a civilization is as important as saving a thriving one, she mocks the doctor's grumpy spots, and she wants to have ADVENTURES. I want you to have adventures too, Amy. :)

Aaaagh, so many people I left out! :(

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zarabithia: (ncis: and then they died)
Oops, I'm technically late with the 8th's question, so I'm just going to do the 8th and the 9th together:

Day Eight: Favorite female character in a comedy show

Yeah, I'm not really a big comedy fan. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Roz Russell from Night Court. Roz was sarcastically bitter and thought everyone around her was an idiot. To be entirely fair to Roz, that was true. She was also fantastically funny. (And for the record, I was a wee thing when Night Court debuted and watched it in reruns. I'm not that old, yet.)

Day Nine: Favorite female character in a drama show

Kate Todd from NCIS. I love ALL the women on NCIS and tend to give the side eye to people who hate any of them. Because how could you hate any of those women? They are some of the best characters on TV.

But! I loved Kate the most. As much as I'm glad we got Ziva from Kate's death, and as FUN as Abby is, I loved Kate. I loved her flaws and her mistakes, and the way she didn't have all the answers. I loved her strengths, and the way she was willing to stay with Tony when he was sick from the Plague, even though it meant she could get sick too. I loved that she was willing to stand up to Gibbs when he was being a dick, and the way she never, ever took any shit from Tony (lol, predictably, most of the hate I've seen for Kate comes from people who think she was so ~MEAN~ to Tony. Lol, no.) I loved her friendship with Abby, and I'm sorry that she couldn't stick around and develop a friendship with Ziva, too.

Watching Ziva and Kate team up against Tony would have been the best television hour of my life.


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zarabithia: (trek: idic)
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time

This is hard to narrow down! Male characters really do not have a problem being given time to shine, but female characters rarely can say the same. I'm going to cheat and go with another top five.

5. Black Canary, Young Justice (BY THE WAY, FLIST, YOU NEED TO BE WATCHING THIS): She is their trainer and Superboy's mentor type person, and that is fantastic. But we should see much more of her than one glorious episode.

4. June, White Collar: I love hearing about June's past exploits with her husband and her current interactions with Mozzie and Neal. The episode where her hubby's old crime partner came back was so very sad, and I loved it when Neal asked her to dance (I could ship it!) As much as I love El and Diana, it would be nice if June got more screen time.

3. Carol Danvers, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Carol on that show was incredibly fantastic. She was no-nonsense soldier woman, sensible, and obviously had some trysts awesome adventures with Janet in the pre-canon. I want to know more about her, and I hope the show comes back soon and gives it to me.

2. Female heroes in the Avengers movie: I'm glad we were able to re-write history and include Hawkeye so early! Because if there's one thing the Avengers consistently lack, it's pretty, white, blond, straight men.

1. Women in the Star Trek Reboot movies: I loved Reboot!Uhura dearly, and thought the time she was on screen was fantastic. Ditto for Gaila. But I hope the second movie gives a greater number sharing the screen and being equally kickass as the few moments that Uhura and Gaila had. I know it's always the Kirk/Spock show (and I am fond!) but a little less of that and a little more ladies would be great.

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zarabithia: (buffy big damn hero)

Day Six: Favorite female-driven show

This one is pretty easy! Far and away, the answer is Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.

It's funny, because I resisted watching this show for a long, long time. Someone in my family, who is about 8 years younger than me, and has terrible taste in general, loved it, and I judged the show on that basis. But then one weekend when I was grading papers in grad school,  The Gift was playing in reruns and I caught it.

I was absolutely blown away. This wasn't the silly show I'd always mocked. This was a story about a hero - a female hero, at that.  The more I watched the show, the more I loved Buffy Summers (and Cordelia and Oz and Giles and Tara and FAITH, and etc.) While the show definitely took some odd turns and some choices I don't agree with, I love it for the complex and awesome heroine(s) it gave. I love it for not being afraid to try new things, even when those choices didn't end well.

But let's be honest. The main reason I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer was because I loved Buffy Summers as a character. I know that that's apparently an unpopular opinion, and I am glad I missed the show's heyday on the internet, because boy, I would have wanked about that.

During [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, [livejournal.com profile] blackfrancine summed up much of what I loved about the main character in the unpopular woman love post:

"I love that she’s a born protector. The way Buffy nurtures IS to protect. Maybe that’s actually what I love about Buffy’s protective instincts—she’s not protecting in the prototypical masculine way. She’s expressing her motherly instincts through protection. She’s mama bearing everyone in Sunnydale.

I love that she’s brave. I don’t love her for her bravery in facing down apocalypses and legions of demons (well, I love her for that too). I love her for seasons 4-7. For becoming an adult. For looking at her values and really making choices about what is important.

I think lots of fans dislike older Buffy because she’s less showy. Less Buffy-speak. Less really hitting the punchline in jokes. Less eyerolling and hair tossing. But I love that. I love the later seasons, not in spite of the fact that she’s not a carefree teenager—but because she’s not. Buffy begins to convey a sense of womanliness. Of femininity. But not typical femininity—she transcends that. She’s elegant. Even when she’s out of control in season 6—I find her to be so honest in her confusion. And there’s very little I find to be more elegant and lovely than honesty.

And there is no one in the entire fictional world who is braver than Buffy in season 6. Waking up day after day, trying to put on a brave face. Having to struggle through every hour—every minute—she’s awake. I don’t even have the words. THAT is bravery.

I also get the feeling from time to time that some parts of fandom dislike older Buffy because of the hardness—the shell that she forms to deal with all the trauma that she’s endured. But I love her BECAUSE of the hardness. I love that shell (even though it breaks my heart that she needs it). To me, it’s the badge of a survivor, a sign of true strength. And the even greater sign of strength? Is when she dismantles her own shell.”

But Buffy herself sums up why I loved the show, better than anyone. To a frightened child in a hospital, she has this to say: “We both know there are real monsters. And that there are real heroes that fight monsters. And that’s me.” Hell, yes, it is.

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zarabithia: (buffy quote: strong women are awesome)
Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show

Yeah, most of my favorite shows are male-driven. Or, at least, have a heavy enough male presence that they can't be considered "female-driven." So this one is hard to narrow down. Let's do a top five, instead. I will probably leave someone out, and yes, this is cheating.

5. Queen Marlena, the original He-Man series: C'mon, she was the only one smart enough to figure out Adam's identity and she was an astronaut from Earth, so she was obviously brilliant. Between her and the Sorceress, I think He-Man influenced Wee!Pervy's beginning feminism just as much as She-Ra did.

4.  Helen Noel, Star Trek TOS: It may have been the Kirk/Spock/McCoy hour, but without Helen Noel, the Captain would be a goner. I loved that she was a psychiatrist, that she obviously believed in rehabilitation, but on the same token, she could save the Captain's ass.

3. Kara In-Ze, Superman:  I don't really like the Animated DCU as much as most people, but Animated Supergirl will never stop being fantastic. In a lot of ways, she is my favorite Supergirl, even as I have grown to love the others, Animated Supergirl is my vision of a perfect Supergirl.

2. Samantha Carter, Stargate SG-1: She could blow up a sun. Do I need more reasons? And no, Rodney. You will never be as good.

1. Illyria, Angel the Series: I loved Fred, which is an unpopular opinion for bizarre reasons. But I loved Illyria even more. Slightly evil but doing good anyway? Awesome. Couldn't figure out the silly humans? My favorite trope.  The scene where she kills evil guy after he has killed Wesley? The only time I ever shipped anyone on that show.  "Wesley's dead. I'm feeling grief for him. I can't seem to control it. I wish to do more violence." Oh, I wish you to do more violence, too, Illyria. :)

Rest of the days )

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zarabithia: (sharon carter  mocks trolls)

Day Three: A female character you hated but grew to love.

Yup, mine is definitely Sharon Carter.

I came by the Captain America comics in an entirely backwards fashion. I discovered the Young Avengers, which led me to Cap, because Steve is ridiculously wonderful and protective in that series. So I started with the newest series, which was Brubaker.

Brubaker's Sharon Carter has a lot of problems, and up until I got my hands on the past Cap vols, I didn't like Sharon Carter very much.

But as I read those older Cap issues, I discovered an awesome female character, somewhere along the way, and one I like very much. I still don't ship her and Steve, particularly, and I'm still sad that Steve and Bernie broke up, but I'm beyond caring when the canon does ship Steve/Sharon. She's awesome. Of course Steve loves her. Who wouldn't?

And so:

Seven Awesome Things About Sharon Carter That Made Me Change My Mind:  )

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