Monday, May 18, 2015

"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"- and unforgiving


The writers’ choices during the past seasons of Game of Thrones have been called into question so many times before, but last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, entitled “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The show has employed many changes from the book series, some that I can understand and some that I cannot.

In last night’s episode, the rape of a female character is used yet again to create a talking point for the show, to create drama, to create pain. I have attempted several times to write an article about this, but I have found so many articles that do it better than I ever could.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

girl gang manifesto

Let's start a girl gang.

Not a gang of violence or crime, but a gang of positive girls. A gang of girls dedicated to fighting evil in their own lives, and in each others. A gang of girls who refuse to let their sisters be silenced or hurt, a gang of girls who tackles evil in their lives the best they know how. We'll be tough, but when we can't be tough, someone will be there to help. We'll be present, we'll be there, we'll be snarling, we'll be saviors. 

Girls fighting evil, together.

Tell me ways you're fighting evil in your own life. Tell me your gang name. We'll make matching jackets and we'll tackle evil together. We'll crush our own demons and the ones out there, the ones we're too scared to name.

Who wants to join?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Interview with a Real Life Girl: Hannah of The Retired Bridgeburner

Today's interview with a Real Life Girl Fighting Evil is Hannah of the blog The Retired Bridgeburner Hannah's blog is funny and poignant, about living with Fibrymyalgia and Interstitial Cystisis. It's a great experience to read through her blog. She's also incredibly kind and friendly, and I'm really happy to be a recent follower of her blog!
1. Tell us about yourself.
Hi there! I'm Hannah, 24, geek girl (and proud!) from the UK who's only one inch too tall to be a hobbit and owns a car called Tardis. I'm more likely to be seen under the psuedonym The Retired Bridgeburner under which I've been writing a blog about my experiences as a sufferer of Fibromyalgia and Interstitial Cystitis and hoping to offer some good cheer and humour.
2. What makes you feel brave?
Putting myself out there and exploring outside of my comfort zone. 

I resisted creating The Retired Bridgeburner for quite a while because it meant being very open about myself and my experiences with the wider internet where you can't choose or limit your readership, and there's something a little vulnerable about that. I'm not a showy person and I'm something of an introvert so it's far from my natural state of being. As time has gone on with the blog I've realised that as a person you're only going to be able to be completely true to what's in your heart and mind when you let the anxiety over what everyone else's opinion of what you're doing might be go. It's completely OK to sometimes do something that's just for you, to only try to please an audience of one. This all culminated in my New Horizons post, and that marked the point where I truly felt quite brave and liberated. 

3. What advice do you have for other young girls with a chronic illness?
I think there are two major things I'd want to pass on, and they only come with time:

1) Stand your ground. It's easy to fall into the trap of succumbing to pressure from others to go out when you know you aren't up to it or to put yourself in situations that can prove detrimental to your health just to keep others happy. If you've explained why something is an issue and you are still being put under pressure then the problem lies with the other person(s) doing the pressurising and not you, but it can still be a hard thing to resist. It's not always easy but ultimately you don't owe anyone else your health and happiness.
2) Stop apologising. To be honest that's a good bit of advice for life in general, but it also works rather well in this context. Having a long term illness be it mental, physical or both does not mean there is something irrevocably wrong with you as a person, it just means you have different difficulties to overcome compared with healthy people. There are communities out there who can offer guidance and support, but in the end we're all individuals and need to discover our own way of working with or around our health. Nobody else is in your shoes so nobody else has the right to tell you how you should cope. Find the way that works best for you and then, because you're still the wonderful and unique individual you always were, go forth and shine.
4. How do you keep your positivity up on days you don't feel it?
My method in life in general will always be to find as much humour in the situation as possible, and obviously some times are easier than others. I've really worked at almost training my mind to look at all the things I *can* still do despite the illnesses rather than regretting the things that are now beyond my capability. There are some days where none of this works, and if all else fails I've come to realise there's no shame in crawling back under the duvet and resolving to try again tomorrow. As someone in possession of a perfectionist streak a mile wide it's taken me some time to reach that conclusion, but there's little point in beating yourself up over things you can't change and I firmly believe self acceptance is a key part of recovery.

5. If you lived in a world where demons were attacking, what would be your weapon of choice?
A ranged weapon - small and slight does not ideal melee combat material make. Off the top of my head I think a specific weapon of choice would be the Gesen short bow from Baldur's Gate II - what could possibly go wrong with a bow that shoots never-ending lightning bolts instead of arrows? If nothing else it gives plenty of potential for cheesy one-liners!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Links to Fight Monday's Evil

66 Movies and TV Shows to be Excited about in 2014- There are so many of these I didn't know about! I'm pretty excited to pop culture in the year to come.

♥ New Netflix additions to watch! I'm particularly happy about the Dick Van Dyke Show.

♥ Happy New Year from the Muppets!

Check out the trailer for the new Veronica Mars movie! Ooooh!

♥ I love these minimalist Disneyland posters for the rides. My favorite rides are the Haunted Mansion and Peter Pan's Flight, so I loved those especially!

Real Life Girl Fighting Evil: Kailey of Mermaidens

Hello! I am so excited to present this week's girl fighting evil. Kailey runs one of my favorite blogs, a pink-filled positive wonderland called Mermaidens. Not only that, but she's a lovely illustrator and has an amazing personal style. Let's dive right in.

1) What about mermaids inspires you?
Always being drawn to fairytales and escapism as a child, I haven't grown out of being in awe of the idea of women who dwell in underwater reefs and adorn themselves with shells and starfish.

2) What draws you to fashion?
For the longest time I felt like the clothes I wanted to wear were forever out of my reach and I ended up wearing t-shirts and jeans all the time. As great as I think t-shirts and jeans are, I felt very self-conscious about myself and body in them. Over time, I realized that this wasn't the case at all - and realizing the greatness that is online shopping (like on etsy!), thrifting, and DIY, I realized dressing how I wanted wasn't impossible at all! As I started experimenting with my personal style and learning what I felt the most comfortable in, my self-conscious and overall opinion on my outward appearance has improved so much. Knowing fashion can play such an important role in how we see ourselves makes it invaluable to me.

3) What makes you feel brave?
Remembering the beautiful people I have in my life supporting and rooting for me! Taking time to take care of myself, putting on lipstick, and wearing one of my favorite outfits gives me courage as well.

4) What advice do you have for other girls who are illustrators?
I know it's difficult, but try your hardest to not compare yourself to others and get discouraged! Comparison is the thief of joy and I guarantee both you AND your work is good enough.

5) If you were stuck in a world fighting evil demons, what would your weapon be?
♥ Kailey's blog Mermaidens
♥ Kailey's illustration blog
♥ Kailey's Tumblr  

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sunday Links to Fight Monday's Evil

Here are some links to get you ready for the next week!

Amazing behind-the-scenes photos of the live-action inspiration of Sleeping Beauty.

I think Gal Gadot is a great choice for Wonder Woman, as both a pageant contestant and a former member of the Israeli army. However, many people haven't been thrilled with her casting because of her body type. Although there is important criticism for Hollywood's obsession with the one body type, there is some body shaming going on that I don't like to see. See Gadot's lovely responses in an interview, and hear Angelina's take on the situation!

Have a trailer for the new Powerpuff Girls special!

Karen Nyberg talked about using Pinterest in space.

See the very realistic Ministry of Magic website.