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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
7:58 pm
My favorite female hands down is Sylvia Plath.
No one can beat her. Her poetry is just too amazing, she is amazing. And if she were alive I would have her babies.
I want to grow up just like her except for the whole death thing. Mad women kill me. I love them and admire them.

Current Mood: pleased
Thursday, November 11th, 2004
12:25 pm
Monday, November 11th, 2002
1:35 am
Okay, so who are a few of your fave female characters?
List so far:
Princess Leia

I know there's more, but they're not coming to me right now. Help! :)

Current Mood: curious
1:10 am
well, this isn't exactly on topic, but since when am I ever on topic?
The first time I heard of 'Grease' was at a sleepover. My friends were singing along to this wacky CD with these weird songs on it, and my confession of ignorance was met with glances of astonishment. 11 and never seen 'Grease'?! Yeah, they were pretty horrified too.
Anyway, I liked the soundtrack and I got the CD as a present. I listened to all the songs, yadda yadda yadda, and so when the opportunity arose to watch the actual movie, I thought, okay, I know this, this will be cool.
Before I knew it I was watching the credits roll with a bitter taste in my mouth. I know a ton of people will disagree with me, but I don't get it. I do not get the appeal of this movie. I am a die hard romantic over here, and...just, no. Sandy is different from the other girls, and that's why Danny likes her. So they have a fight, and she changes her entire outlook because to act and look skanky like every other girl Danny has ever known will make her more desirable? That works. Not.
The whole point was the difference between them. Yeah, yeah, I get the gimmick-- their love issopure that they'll do whatever it takes to make the other like them. That's what I take issue with. I hate that gimmick. Now, to me if you love someone then you don't want them to change. You love them the way they are full stop! So that is just pure bs. It makes me so angry. I hate the end. It's like they blame Sandy for everything. If she wasn't so perfect and whatever, then he'd like her. Arg. I mean it, I went in there expecting to love it and ended up hating it. What a disappointment.

Current Mood: appalled
Sunday, November 10th, 2002
11:58 pm
Why do I, as a feminist, like Ophelia? Or Arwen from LOTR, or Gwenivere from the King Arthur legends, or any of a number of other bit-role women?

It started years ago when I began to search for my identity. Early on I realized that my being a female, in a male culture, was an important thing. I looked for women to look up to in my cartoon shows, in movies, in coloring books. I looked for who I was supposed to be. I soon found out that women were supposed to be beautiful, quiet, and submissive. They let the men do all the action and take on the real work.

However, this idea presented to me by the media clashed with what my parents and every other adult in my life told me. They all said it didn't matter if I was a girl. "Girls can do anything." Yet everywhere in fiction and pop culture I found a stick figure character of a woman. For a little girl these mixed messages are confusing. How can a woman be able to do anything she wants when she is expected to do nothing more than sit pretty?

As I grew up, I looked back to these early examples of women I was presented (and which I still continue to receive). I realized that they were, like me, confused about what roles they were supposed to play. I seek these confused women simply because I empathize so greatly with them. This is why these female characters are important to me: They represent my own confusion.

Women should have a much broader role in the media than they are currently given, but in the meantime we have to save and celebrate the girls that came before, even if they aren't real. Their very presence is a part of our identity. By saving them, we are saving ourselves.

With this, I start my community.

Current Mood: excited
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