Fiction vs the Patriarchy (AKA Emily continues to be a dork, even on International Women’s Day)

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Happy International Women’s Day!

I originally had a heartfelt ramble about my personal experiences with feminism written for today, but it was rather depressing and serious, and I believe today should be a celebration of women, not a time to dwell on how awful everything is. So I thought I would list some of my favourite (what I would consider feminist) creations that seem to be widely unknown by people. Please check them out and let me know what you think!

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I know this may not be a particularly unknown one, as back in the nineties it was (according to my parents at least, I was still an infant and so do not recall) exceedingly popular. However these days I know very few people under the age of 30 who have watched it. Please do! This show defined how I view strong female characters from the age of 10 ( when i started watching it, I was probably too young – thanks dad for the nightmares) One of the best examples i know of demonstrating strong, powerful women who also are girly. Plus strong female friendships! A variety of different women who play principle roles! And vampires! All wrapped up in nineties fashion, what more could you want?

  • The Final Girls

This is a fantastic horror film that came out in 2015, about a group of friends who get tapped in an eighties horror film. This film knocks the Bechdel test out of the park, centres around the importance of a mother/daughter relationship, and also as Taissa Farmiga swinging around a machete. This is also a beautifully cheesy homage to eighties horror movies such as ‘Evil Dead’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Friday 13th’. Absolutely awesome!!

  • Lumberjanes

If you like comic books and you haven’t read this, please go fix that immediately. Mysterious bear-ladies, three-eyed foxes, Greek gods, mermaids, and much more wierdness ensues at the ‘Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types’, the five Lumberjane scouts of Roanoke cabin are on the case! Beautiful artwork and hilarious stories, with predominantly female characters driving the project!

  • Giant Days

I adore Lumberjanes, but this is probably my favourite comic book of all time. A (mostly) realistic story about a group of friends at university, what makes this comic so fantastic and hilarious is how purely ordinary the characters are, in way you rarely see women depicted as in any kind of media. Also one of the funniest things I have ever read, if you want to start reading comics but don’t want superhero stuff, this is your best bet!

  • The Awesome

Buffy the Vampire Slayer with more sex and she can say f*ck. I don’t really have to say more that I hope. Also bloody hysterical, one of the best YA books currently being published!

I know this is a bit different from my usual style of post, but I think it’s really important that we celebrate the strong women in fiction, as they help make the women strong in real life!

Thank you for reading, and here’s to a future of strong women continuing to do amazing things!

See you soon,

Emily

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Everything is connected (AKA as the one where Emily’s inability to be chill is revealed)

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Netflix seems to have this magical ability to never create anything bad. Even when the scripts are poor, the quality of Netflix original films and series are undeniable. Now I’m the kind of person who takes any chance to put off doing actually productive things, as I mentioned in my last post, so the incredible amount of decent content on Netflix is something I am remarkably familiar with. Towards the end of last year, an adaptation of the well-known and well-loved Dirk Gently books appeared, and has since dominated my life.

Now, if you’re a fan of the original books (which, to my shame, I haven’t actually read yet) this show barely follows the plot, or contains many of the original characters. But the essence of Douglas Adams is at it’s very heart, and as a huge Hitchhiker’s fan I loved seeing the joyous, random logic on screen again. (Plus Elijah Wood is in it, so you know it’s going to be gold). However, the thing that I loved the most about this series (though if you asked me in person my answer would probably change every time) is the philosophy – if you can even call it that – that drives the plot. That is, the ‘holistic’ part of the ‘holistic detective agency’. The concept that everything is intangibly connected, and that the universe has a plan for us I find oddly comforting. The speech Bart gives about being ‘a leaf on the stream of creation’, although perhaps not an original concept (a similar idea has existed in Buddhism for centuries), is something that during a particularly stressful time in my life is very reassuring.

It’s very likely that I am reading too much into this. I do have a bad habit of attaching significance to things unnecessarily, I guess it’s the English Literature student in me. But regardless, I heartily recommend Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, just in case you too needed something to distract yourself from the overwhelming fear of existence!

If you have watched it, let me know what you think! I am always down for a ridiculously in depth discussion about a TV show.

And now my true level of nerd has been revealed, I’ll bid y’all adieu.

Until next time,

Emily

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