jerseydevious:

we’re about to get feminist for a minute, but here’s my advice of the day: let female villains be villains.

go ahead, make them awful, make them ugly, make them horrible human beings. make them bloodthirsty, make them greedy, make them abusive, make them vile, but don’t ever make them anything less than a villain, because it’s the idea of men that women are too pure to achieve true villainy. your classic villains are all men. your classic antiheroes are almost always men. your mainstream culture can’t envision a woman that can be anything more than a blank slate for a man to impress his opinion upon; their flaws must be nothing, their weakness must be zilch, and, therefore, their personality must taste like stale bread.

female heroes have to either be wonder woman or black widow – too pure for this world, or sexpot slayers from someone’s wild wet dream. the female villains, though, the female villains can’t be truly evil; poison ivy has to save orphans, harley quinn has to exist in a liminal space where she’s good but still technically a villain. i don’t want to see poison ivy go through a trite redemption arc when i don’t even see her evil in the first place. what the hell does she need to be redeemed from, the narrative squawking, “bad guy over here!” without ever once proving it? no. that’s bullshit. that’s total bullshit. get me a villainous woman i can actually be scared of

satinsneakers:

I read all these scripts by male writers where the female characters worry about getting older. The funny thing is, most of the women I’ve encountered have been HAPPY to get older. They have more money. They have more knowledge. They know how to say no, fuck off and this is bullshit. They no longer have to deal with periods and can have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. They don’t have children to care for so they can do whatever the fuck they want.

In a society that only values women for their looks, I can see how male writers would think that getting older is the worst thing that can happen to a woman. A woman gets old and she is no longer fuckable. A woman gets old and men don’t want to ogle her anymore. (I type this as I’m being ogled at the intersection of Hollywood & Highland.)

However, when I think of older women, I think of Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange and Judy Dench. I think of my cousins and aunt who own their own homes. I think of my mother who handles our family investments, my grandfather’s girlfriend still working as a computer programmer, my Nana and the small business she owns and operates. I think of my boyfriend’s mother who was like, I’m going to France for 3 months, bye bitches.

Getting older isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a woman, it’s her best kept secret.

recourse-ao3:

recourse-ao3:

whispers hey you can’t use the same critical framework on works by individual lgbt creators that you use for works by corporations looking for profit from lgbt stories written by straight people because the context and consumption of that content exist in completely separate spheres thannnkssssss

you can’t deride a depressed lesbian’s work for having the sad lesbian trope in it

you can’t tell a trans woman writing about being trans that she’s just writing the stereotypical trans narrative

those are their stories to tell and they’re not stereotypes they’re real lives and reducing them to the boxes het media puts us in is reproducing their oppression

marzipanandminutiae:

elfman98:

hotdadcalendar:

I literally can’t get myself to sit through movies that don’t have women. I’m like where the fuck are the women? Why are there so many men? This is boring as fuck goodbye

Even if it’s historically accurate?

as everyone knows, women were invented in 1990

satinsneakers:

I read all these scripts by male writers where the female characters worry about getting older. The funny thing is, most of the women I’ve encountered have been HAPPY to get older. They have more money. They have more knowledge. They know how to say no, fuck off and this is bullshit. They no longer have to deal with periods and can have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. They don’t have children to care for so they can do whatever the fuck they want.

In a society that only values women for their looks, I can see how male writers would think that getting older is the worst thing that can happen to a woman. A woman gets old and she is no longer fuckable. A woman gets old and men don’t want to ogle her anymore. (I type this as I’m being ogled at the intersection of Hollywood & Highland.)

However, when I think of older women, I think of Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange and Judy Dench. I think of my cousins and aunt who own their own homes. I think of my mother who handles our family investments, my grandfather’s girlfriend still working as a computer programmer, my Nana and the small business she owns and operates. I think of my boyfriend’s mother who was like, I’m going to France for 3 months, bye bitches.

Getting older isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a woman, it’s her best kept secret.