Book list meme.
Tagged by welcometoinnsmouth.
"Rules: in a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard—they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me so I can see…"
Okay, this is evil. But, I never got around to doing that Handwriting Meme you tagged me in (my handwriting is atrocious, for the record), so I’m going to do this one.
Don’t take but a few minutes to decide? Okay then. Here goes. In no particular order:
1. Only in Death, by Dan Abnett
2. Lirael, by Garth Nix
3. Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman
4. An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestley
5. Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
6. Necropolis, by Anthony Horowitz
7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
8. Grim Tuesday, by Garth Nix
9. Mort, by Terry Pratchett (I know for a fact I’d love Terry Pratchett, if I ever read more of his books)
10. Homestuck Book 1, by Andrew Hussie? (is that allowed?)
10.5: Thomas and the Christmas Presents, by A. Vesey (It sounds bizarre, but that book fills me with a sense of HORROR).
That’s more male-centric than I’d like. And unfortunately, I kind of skipped over my YA Fantasy stage, and went straight to fanfiction. I still feel like Ive forgotten one or two, though. So now, tagging. Feel free to ignore this, everyone.
quantumflex asked: Regarding female led superhero media: I don't think that women actually deserve equal representation in fiction. The vast majority of heroes in real life, like soldiers, police officers or firefighters, are men. So if women want to be at least half of the heroes in fiction, they need to step up their game. That's only fair.
It must be personally embarrassing for you, living in a world where only men are heroes, to have turned out to be such a fucking idiot.
But is what I said factually wrong? Those who risk their own lives to defend ours are, for the most part, men.
So shouldn’t they also be the ones who get predominantly depicted doing so in fiction?
Giving equal spotlight to female heroes is, I find, disrespectful to our boys overseas. As soon as women make up 50% of the armed forces they can be 50% of the Avengers.
if the army was more welcoming/accepting of women, more women would serve, y’know, i think women in the military are braver than men, since women in us military at least face threat from the enemy and the male soldiers who’re supposed to be working with them, and they still do it, the women in the military still serve their country as best as anyone can be expected to under the circumstances. Plus if there are more female heros in fictional media more girls will see military as an opportunity that is open to them, same as seeing or reading about female scientists in rl or fiction shows girls that they can be scientists. having very few female heros tells women that we are not meant to be heros when we have just as much right to be a hero as anyone else.
there’s a long history of women in the armed forces, honestly, even when we weren’t allowed. And your argument makes absolutely no sense from any logical standpoint at all. wow wow wow its disrespectful to men that women are allowed to be pictured as anything but damsels in distress in media is basically what you’re saying? women being heros in fiction is offending men? wah wah wah poor babies, not. wow. you absolute barnacle, women don’t make up 50% of the army ‘cause there is still a lot of sexism among people in the military, women in the military constantly have the threat of rape over their heads, there’s discrimination and assault and there’s sexism and stupid gender roles telling women that they shouldn’t want to be heroes. no, 50% of the military isn’t female, but that’s the only fact in your whole word vomit mess, the rest is stupid. look, in usa’s past at one point there had to be a draft to get more men to serve in the army, they weren’t somehow more heroic than the women who weren’t allowed to do the same, if you don’t give someone role models, opportunity, etc they’re not gonna be like ‘oh hey i should do this thing even though no one seems to think i should’ like yeah there are people like that, but trust me, if there are female heroes in media more female people will consider it an option. like, i never thought to be an artist until i met a woman artist and my whole life changed, because hey there weren’t any female artists that i knew about because media and school didn’t mention them beyond a sort of hand-wave at Frieda khalo, so i had no clue that being an artist was something i could actually do! and then i realized, hey, there are artists who are women, if they can do this then so can i! my non-interest in the military has more to do with my auto-immune disease and mental illness than my gender, but i try to fight verbal battles to defend people who can’t defend themselves and that’s my version of heroism, because school sort of showed us that was an option, like rosa parks and similar women who changed things, that’s a brand of heroism, but we weren’t shown female fighters, not because they don’t or didn’t exist but ‘cause they’ve never been the majority, and so sexism continues to be excused by ‘but there aren’t women heros so we dont have to make fictional women heroes hur hur hur’ and similar things. i’m sure someone could put all of this a lot more succinctly but eh, your idiocy angered me.
also here, read some things:
also sure, the military isn’t 50% women, but there are just as many real life female heroes as male, whether ‘action-type’ heroines or not, they’re still heroes:
also… captain america would not at all approve of your opinions. just sayin’.
Cap knows that for every Peggy Carter there were thousands of men risking their lives. How many women again died during D-day?
You’re either an idiot or a troll, to be honest. I can’t work out which. Are you honestly asking how many women died during D-Day, a military action performed by militaries where women were NOT ALLOWED to serve on the front lines?
A more accurate question would be “how many Russian women died on the front lines”? And the answer is, a lot! In all of the examples of “heroic roles” you gave, there is a stigma attached to women joining. They will be belittled as weaker than the men, they will be discouraged from joining, they will be exposed to ridiculous acts of sexism, many women in many militaries are raped, and then you come along and say that “women aren’t usually heroes”?
Why are there heroes who are Robots?! Why is Wall-E a hero? There aren’t any robotic heroes in real life! That’s just stupid! You can’t possibly have a story where a robot is a hero, not until we have sentient AI and we abandon the Earth and leave it to an army of tiny trash-compacting robots.
Stories do not exist in a vacuum. Women are shoved out of the ‘heroic’ roles you described. They’re encouraged to be more mild, less strong, less aggressive. And do you know why? Because we’re trained to think of that as what ‘proper’ women should do. We’re trained to think that women aren’t fighters, they’re damsels in distress. Women are trained from birth to be the pretty princess and that the action and violence is for boys and men. And do you know what helps to cement those roles? The stories we tell.
If you tell people stories where there aren’t any heroines, then, surprise, boys and girls grow up thinking that women can’t be heroes. Do you really not understand the message that our media sends to people? You’re here saying “Oh, what have the wimmins ever done that’s heroic?” And the answer is, plenty. They’ve shaped the modern world. But until the media sends a message that a woman hero is normal, not something ‘weird’ and ‘extraordinary’, women in the military, women as firefighters, women as all the heroes you described? They’ll be seen as aberrant. That is why we need stories with women heroes.
before completely dismissing the advantages of technology, pls step outside of your able-bodied perspective & consider what it means for those of us who are disabled + spend countless days of our years confined to our beds, unable to “get up & enjoy life outside of a computer/smartphone screen.” the internet has truly been a blessing for this chronically sick girl.
technology isnt making people talk less, its allowing people to choose who they want to talk to. i dont want to talk to your “intellectual” anti-technology ass, i want to talk to like, twelve different people who are vastly more interesting and never have to look up from my phone to acknowledge you