The Next Doctor is a Woman, and I am Over the Moon

Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have heard the news that Doctor Who number 13 has been announced. After the BBC announced the news on Sunday, fans of the show everywhere have taken to the internet to share their thoughts. As always there's been a mixed reaction, however this time even more mixed than usual for one reason:

The thirteenth Doctor is a woman.

Jodie Whittaker (star of Broadchurch) has been announced as Capaldi's successor, making her the first ever woman to hold the role of The Doctor, and I, for one, am delighted.

Series 11 brought me more hope for the show with Bill Potts (played by Pearl Mackie), a black, openly gay companion who I LOVED AND WOULD DIE FOR , so really it's about time we get a woman at the forefront of the show. River Song (Alex Kingston) is another strong female character to come out of Doctor Who as well, and of course we've had the wonderful Michelle Gomez as Missy, a female regeneration of The Master, so it's not as though a time lord can't be a lady, or that "time travel is for men and men only" (an actual argument I have seen. Yes, really).

But yet the misogynists have taken this news and run with it, making up ridiculous 'excuses' as to why The Doctor 'can't be a woman'. Whilst ex-Doctors themselves (except Peter Davison, apparently) have shown excitement for Whittaker in her new role, like Colin Baker (as shown below), many others have been, well, not so full of praise.

As just a snapshot of some of the hate, some responses have included (paraphrasing slightly on some):

  • 'When are we getting a male Wonder Woman then?'
  • *image of the TARDIS stuck in some weird place captioned with a terrible and unoriginal joke about women parking*
  • "Nobody wants a TARDIS full of bras"
  • "Political correctness should not exist in space"
  • Too many variations of "IT'S RUINED"
  • "BUT WHERE ARE THE BOYS' ROLE MODELS" (Because it's ok for girls not to see themselves in such a big role, but not for boys, and boys absolutely cannot look up to women. What an awful idea!)

and many more.

(Because of course grasping the concept of a time-travelling alien with two hearts who travels in a phone box is easy peasy, but said alien being female is DEVASTATING OH NO HOW WILL WE LIVE WITH THIS FICTIONAL ALIEN BEING A LADY)

(Don't know about you, but I'd happily travel to the lipstick dimension with The Doctor. Sounds WILD.)

But despite the negative responses, I think finally having a woman playing The Doctor is SO IMPORTANT. Girls and women everywhere will grow up seeing Jodie playing the title character of such a huge show, not just the companion, and it will be WONDERFUL. This new 'wave' almost of strong women in huge sci-fi roles (e.g. Star Wars' Rey) proves that such a sexist industry like that of mainstream media CAN change, albeit slowly (would be nice to see some other minority groups being represented like with Bill, but you know, baby steps) and gives me just that bit more hope for the future of big TV shows like Doctor Who. If anything, a fresh take on this classic character is needed in my humble opinion, but if that doesn't sell you, take a look at the tweet below (probably one of my favourite reactions for sheer adorableness):

Overall, all of us here at The Feministas are incredibly excited to see Jodie Whittaker's take on The Doctor – I'm sure she will be brilliant. (and wow, it feels good to refer to The Doctor as 'she'!)

What do you think of the announcement? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below (respectfully, of course) and I'll be happy to discuss!

~ Elly


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Because women are just here to please Men™, right!

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since anyone posted on here, let alone since I myself posted (do I dare look up when my last post was? I do – it was last August. Well at least it hasn’t been a year yet!) I’ve been really busy and stressed, meaning I had no inspiration and energy to blog on here, but I am here today!

So a little background before I jump in: I’m a journalist student in The Netherlands, currently in my second year. Either next year or the year after that, I’ll have to start my first internship, so I was looking at the list of internships that were approved by my school.

Now, I didn’t know all of the ones on this list, or I looked them up anyway to see if my expectations were right. This is how I stumbled upon two Dutch magazines (who also post on their websites) JFK and Panorama. I always thought Panorama was a photography magazine, but boy was I wrong. Both magazines are aimed at men (that’s how they describe themselves).

When I googled JFK it seemed harmless, but Google did suggest one of their tabs: ‘women’. This already made me a bit nervous, but maybe these were articles aimed at women? Or so I hoped. Nope. It’s all about objectifying women and sex. Because that’s all we’re good for, am I right?

They have a recurring column, called JFBabe, in which they highlight a woman. As far as I scrolled, I could only see women dressed in either swimwear or lingerie in the featured images of these columns. In the introduction of their latest ‘JFBabe’ they explain that each Friday they share ‘one of the hottest chicks of Instagram’ to ‘get in the right mood’. What does that even mean??

The column goes on to say that she got her followers because of her beauty: ‘More than 150.000 people want to stay updated on her vacation- and bikini pictures. And with her perfect curves we can’t blame them, what a great way to start the weekend!‘ (the word they use is ‘heerlijk’ which could be translated as ‘great’ or ‘delicious’)

And they don’t just stick to sexism! In an article about ‘crazy things’ Katy Perry has done, they write: ‘Kissing girls isn’t the only crazy thing this babe has done’. Ummm?? Girls kissing girls isn’t ‘crazy’?? 

I do have to give them credit for writing an article about not looking up a leaked sex tape from a Dutch vlogger and explaining why it’s wrong. But there’s just a lot of objectificating – women are not portrayed as human beings on their website.

Then there’s Panorama. If you go to their regular site you won’t see this tab, but Google suggested ‘Sexy Reader’ to me. I clicked on that one and ended up at babes.panorama.nl. Can these magazines stop referring to women as ‘babes’??

Pretty much everything under the tab ‘women’ is about sex and porn. There’s also the delightful post ’10 facts about boobs you didn’t know yet’ – I’d like to quote my friend here: ‘fact 1:  you don’t get to touch them when you’re a pig’ But a real fact they share is that the most common bra size is cup-B, but that the average bra size is only growing ‘something we’re only encouraging!’ Mate… Mate have I got news for you. I have cup-D and my tits are small af. Bra size is a little bit more complicated than that.

There’s also an article about an upcoming show in which Dutch celebrities will learn how to pole dance and compete with each other. First they name all the female participants and describe a Dutch singer as ‘the one with that nose’ which is just infuriating. Especially since they don’t describe any of the others, and I’m sure not everyone actually knows those celebrities as they’re not that famous. Why is this singer any different?

Then they go on: ‘who doesn’t want to see those ladies scarcely dressed climbing into a pole’? Hey guess what! Pole dancing is a sport, not just entertainment for straight (cis) men! But then, oh no, poor them: ‘Each advantage has it’s disadvantage. Did you think you could stare at half-naked women, wrapped around a pole for two hours? WRONG! (note: Jesus Christ did Donald Trump write this article??) When the candidates were announced, we were horrified to find out that men are participating as well!! And what kind of men! [some Dutch male celebrities are mentioned], we don’t need to see it.’ I don’t even know where to start. Hell, I don’t even know the middle or the ending. Like I said, pole dancing is a sport (and a really tough one at that!). This tv show isn’t a live strip club for straight (cis) men to enjoy. I’m sure the makers of this show and the female participants are terribly sorry that your expectations were crushed and that these women aren’t going to please you for two hours straight!!

On top of that, they also have an article on how disappointed they are that Apple is taking precautions so nudes won’t be leaked anymore: ‘It’s sad that we can’t expect anymore pictures. The sexy selfies that are going around the internet are already delicious/hot (note: the word used is ‘lekker’ which means nice, delicious. I also added hot so it makes more sense in English, but wanted to keep in the ‘delicious’ to convey how pervy and creepy it is), but we’re still missing a couple of ladies (MILA KUNIS!!). But I’m sure there will be a smart person who can avoid these precautions on iCloud.’ And then they ask their readers whose nudes they missed (no one responded). Do I need to explain this one? I am nauseous and disgusted. At least JFK told their readers not to search for leaked nudes and explained why you shouldn’t. Panorama though? I can’t believe this is published.

How are these two magazines considered journalism? Why did my school approve of these misogynist, disgusting pieces of media as internships? Just why in general?

Michelle is an 19-year old book and writing blogger who blogs at The Writing Hufflepuff, where she also talks about personal things and other interests. You can also tweet her at @writingbadger.

The Women’s March on London

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As probably a lot of you have heard, last Saturday hundreds of Women’s Marches were held across the world in protest of recent political events. Donald Trump had just been inaugurated. Over the last week he has continued to do pretty awful stuff. These Women’s Marches were in support and protection of our rights, and for equality.

I attended the Women’s March on London. It was my first demonstration/march/suchlike — I didn’t bring a placard, and I wasn’t able to march the whole way, but I walked for a bit and then my mum & I stood on the steps in front of the National Gallery. I was surrounded by others who were angry about the world.

We talked a bit to the those standing around us, and it was cool to see that there seemed to be a wide variety of people attending. The newspapers after said that it was mostly young people, but I actually saw a lot of families there, so. I’m not sure where that came from. I don’t completely know the stats, though.

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There were a bunch of different speakers including Sandi Toksvig, Tanya Moodie, and 10 year old Sumayah Siddiqi. Sometimes it was difficult to hear them but the ones I heard were excellent! (I was so impressed by Sumayah. SHE WAS SO COOL.)

Some of my friends were also going — I thought I might meet up with them, but there was a much higher turnour than expected and it just wasn’t going to happen. (I think it’s estimated that around 100,000 people marched, instead of the 15 – 20,000 planned.)

I’m really glad that I went. I know that this march might not directly impact anything, but I wanted to show that yes, there is resistance. But if you didn’t attend, even if you support equality/feminism/anti-Trump things, then that is also completely okay and valid. (I’m assuming that most people here are in support of those? Yeah.) I think it needs to be acknowledged that fighting is not only marching but something that continues every day.

I said this at the start of the year, but I really want to be more pro-active in helping to fight prejudice and hatred and generally do what I can to help. I do a lot of talking and reading, and whilst of course both of those are vitally important, I know that I am able to do more. There are some great people talking about stuff, and the website It’s Time to Fight has some very productive info on current issues and what you can do to help. The Women’s March organisers have created a new campaign called 10 Actions/100 Days. A lot of the things I’ve seen have been focused on people living in the US, however — like calling your representatives — but I found this twitter thread for how people in the UK can do stuff really helpful:

And finally here’s a Time Out article on seven things you can do following the Women’s March. If you have any other things you think I should read, then I’d love to hear them!

Many people marched for many different reasons. For me, I think it’s really important to remember that this is not just a march for women’s equality, but against all kinds of prejudice, and that many different people across the world experience different types of discrimination.

Alongside his extremely misogynistic views, Trump has brought about a tide of racism, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia/transphobia/queerphobia, ableism, and just…a lot of hatred. (Which are also in many other places across the world, like here in the UK.) He and his government are dangerous to so many people. They’ve already started hugely damaging things like the immigration ban and calling mandatory vaccines into question.

I am worried. This is difficult to process. But I think now it’s so vital to keep standing together and working to improve things. And I hope that we can.


When not reading, writing, or drinking copious cups of tea, you can find Eve at their blog Twist in the Taile, or on their Twitter @appletaile. 

How To Get Away With Fame

Hey guys!

I’m back with a long overdue post. Part of that is because I’ve been away in South Africa for the past month or so, visiting family and friends. But that’s not the point of today’s post.

Today’s post is an important one, and I’m feeling kind of daunted about where I should start, just because the topic is so hugely current, and it’s… well, it’s scary. So let’s start with one of the most recent news headlines: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce. We’ve all heard that Depp’s behavior has been violent at home and in his personal life, which has led Heard to file for a divorce. Countless die-hard Depp fans are accusing Heard for being a gold digger and just doing it for the money and the fame… but is she really?

Domestic violence is a big problem, and it is not dealt with enough. And when it is dealt with, it’s not always dealt in the right way. In the case of Depp and Heard, the things people have said about Heard highlight how easy it is to dismiss domestic abuse just because one of them is a much loved Hollywood actor. I mean, I’m not saying that I know all the ins and outs of their relationship, but I’m not going to be so closed minded and say that Heard is the only one in the wrong. Personally I don’t think she’s in the wrong, but that’s just my opinion. I also still believe that Depp is an incredibly talented actor, and I will probably watch films of his in the future (depending if I like the look of them), but since this news has come out, my admiration for him as declined somewhat.

But the reason I wanted to talk about this today, is because fame can hide so much of a real person. We only see so much of these celebrities that we adore, and although it feels like we know so much about them through chat shows and interviews… the person they present to the public is only a shell of their true self. Let’s look at a few more examples. One of the most hated people at the moment is Brock Turner- you know, that rapist who raped an unconscious girl behind a bin, and then did not serve the adequate time in jail for a rapist, and then was let out ridiculously early, because he’s only a rapist. Okay, I know, it’s because his dad is super rich and is worried about his son’s reputation because apparently he’s alright at swimming… SERIOUSLY. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD? Brock Turner is a rapist and just because he has some form of high social status, means that he doesn’t have to serve the correct sentence in prison. This is completely unfair.

Then we have people like Bill Cosby and Jimmy Savile. They are slightly different cases to each other: one sexually assaulted women, and the other abused vulnerable children. HOWEVER, both of them got away with their actions for a significant amount of time, because of their fame. In Cosby’s case, women started coming out and telling the truth about him, but were silenced because Cosby is super rich and famous and is able to hire the best lawyers in the country. In Savile’s case, because he was such a big name in the BBC, the BBC didn’t want the public to know about what was going on behind the scenes, even when people complained. Savile died a few years ago, but that was when people who were violated against really came forward and the whole story came out. Jimmy Savile had a show called “Jim’ll Fix It”, where he helped ill children do something really cool. The point of the show was that the children would write into the show, and then one of them would be chosen for each episode. Although at the time it seemed like the coolest thing to be on, there was clearly a lot being kept secret backstage. It’s disgusting behavior.

So that raises the question: why should celebrities be let off so easily? Why is it that sometimes they are made to be seen as the “good guy”, when their actions suggest the opposite? And why is it that institutions like the BBC are so worried about their reputations, that they won’t sort out the problem? It’s all very complicated, but again; why is it complicated? Violation of innocent people’s human rights are happening far too often, and a lot of the time it’s “okay” because “that person is famous” and they were probably just “having a bad day”, or they “drank too much, and it’s the alcohol’s fault”. Remember the whole Oscar Pistorius case, where he killed his girlfriend, but he was adamant that he believed it was a burglar… It’s crazy that he thought he could get away with that story, when he was known to have anger issues, and wasn’t it weird that he didn’t check to see if his girlfriend was asleep in the bed first (for her own protection), before “blindly” shooting at the bathroom door? Hmm…

If you want to read any more articles on any of the people mentioned above, I will leave some links below. What are your thoughts? Why are so many celebrities being let off so easily?

-The Storyteller

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LINKS

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

Brock Turner the RAPIST

Bill Cosby

Jimmy Savile and the BBC

More Jimmy Savile Articles

 

Stop Criticising Dafne Schippers – Women Are Allowed To Show Their Frustration Too

Who is Dafne Schippers? Dafne Schippers is a Dutch athlete and one of the fastest women in the world at the moment. While she easily won the semi-finale of the 100 meter sprint, she didn’t win any medals when it came to the finale. Naturally she was disappointed, but she was determined to win gold at the 200 meter finale. Now Dafne won silver, which of course is great and she is happy with it now, but after the race was over she was disappointed and not afraid to show it. In a moment of frustration she threw away her sneakers, and really, it was no big deal. She’s human, she had worked hard towards her goal, and she didn’t make it. How many times have we seen athletes winning silver, but not being entirely happy with it because they were going for gold? After the race she said in an interview that she ‘couldn’t enjoy it’ (winning silver she meant). This and her throwing her sneakers away has led to some criticism. 

They talked about her in a Dutch tv programme (not even about sport. It’s an entertainment/gossip programme)and  except for the invited guest (Fatima Morero, who is an athlete herself) they all criticised Dafne’s behaviour. It was an entire frickin’ debate, but like Morero said ‘sports is emotion’. Why can’t she throw away her sneakers, show that she’s upset? It’s ‘not professional’? One of the men (Morero was the only woman) said that everyone ‘will remember her this way’. She’s one of the fastest women in the world, the World Champion of 2015, won silver at the 200 meters, but everyone will remember her because she threw away her sneakers? Well, maybe if people make such a big deal out of it, but that’s not because of her but people like him.

On Twitter people criticised her for saying that she ‘couldn’t enjoy it’. They called her a sore loser and that she had to ‘work on her mentality’. She was in it to win it, that’s her mentality. That’s the mentality of a lot of athletes, isn’t it? Like Morero said on the programme, when she and her hockey team lost a hockey finale, meaning they had won silver, they were all in tears. I’ve seen so many athletes on tv crying and being upset over losing gold, even if it means winning silver instead. Why is it such a big deal? Dafne Schippers is only human, why does she have to put up a facade? Why can’t she show emotion? 

The thing that is annoying me the most, is that I have the feeling that if she had been a man or if any other male athlete had thrown his sneakers in frustration, no one would have batted an eye. Because men are allowed to show their anger, if women show it they are hysterical. It reminded me of this quote from Cat Grant from Supergirl:

Whatever you do, you cannot get angry at work. Especially when you’re a girl. When I was working at The Daily Planet, Perry White picked up a chair and threw it out the window… because somebody missed a deadline, and no, he did not open the window first. If I had thrown a chair—or, my God, if I had thrown a napkin—it would’ve been all over the papers. It would’ve been professional and cultural suicide.

It’s like  a man is ‘a tough boss’, but a woman acting the same way, would be a ‘bitch’. Because women can’t show anger. Women are supposed to be delicate little flowers, always smiling and always polite. Otherwise we’re hysterical and bitches. No. We are allowed to show our anger, frustration and disappointment just as much as men. She threw her sneakers on the ground. Not in someone’s face. She didn’t punch someone. She just showed a little bit of frustration, but that was enough for people to criticise her and her mentality.

SIDENOTE: One of the arguments I used ‘she’s human’ was also used last week when a Dutch male athlete was send home for violating the contract he had signed with the Dutch national olympic committee. The contract said that he had to ‘behave’ himself, but instead he went out, drank alcohol and came back loudly in the early morning. Then he overslept and missed a training. The committee sent him home for violating the rules and because his coach requested it, since this wasn’t the first time. They were just fed up with him. A lot of people took his side and said that ‘he’s only human’. But apparently Dafne isn’t human, but a robot only good for getting us some medals and honour who isn’t allowed to show her disappointment.

Michelle is an 19-year old book and writing blogger who blogs at The Writing Hufflepuff, where she also talks about personal things and other interests. You can also tweet her at @writingbadger.

Women In The Olympics

In case you pay absolutely no attention to what is going on, the Olympic games are currently taking place in Rio, Brazil. I am not a massive fan of sports, but during the Olympics I am glued to the TV or live streams online. My favourite events to watch are swimming, diving, and gymnastics (gymnastics being my all time favourite). But that is not the point right now.

The point is, that in these Olympics, women from across the globe have been absolutely killing it. From Simone Biles, to Penny Oleksiak and more, women of all ages and all nationalities have been smashing the records and making history.

If you don’t believe me, head on over to the Rio app and take a look at the medal count for Canada (12) and who won all of those medals. You will soon realise, it was all women. Al 12 of Canada’s current medals have been won by women, and four of them in the pool by (individually or in relay) the Toronto native, 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak. At 16 years old, Penny is the only Canadian athlete to win four medals in one summer Olympic games, the first swimmer (male or female) to win gold in 100m Freestyle since 1992 and now is the beholder of two bronze, one silver, and one gold medal. And through all of this she has stayed her humble and bubbly self.

Going back to Pennny’s gold in 100m Freestyle, that was actually a tied gold race. She tied with team USA’s Simon Manuel, the first ever women of colour to single-handedly (meaning not in relay) win a gold in the pool. Both winning their gold in Olympic record timing.

Then we can also take a look at the american gymnast Simone Biles, who is now being referred to as possibly the greatest gymnast of all time. At 19, she has a tumbling pass named after her (which even some of the male athletes she trains with cannot land) and her dismount on beam is the hardest in the world, making her the only one to compete with it. At these Olympics, every time she has competed so far, she has brought home a gold (3 in total). Typically gymnasts will win by hundredths or even thousandths of a point, but she is able to do it with a one or two point gap between her and her competitor. Yet, she remains giggly and friendly, still cheering on her fellow competitors and teammates and even announcing that she is more happy for Aly Raisman (fellow US gymnast) for winning silver in all around finals, than she is for herself for winning gold in the same event, because Aly has been wanting this for so long and got it.

There is then Oksana, the 41 year old gymnast from Uzbekistan who is married and has a son, and just completed her seventh, and final, Olympic games today – while still holding her own against gymnast who are at most, half her age.

In the vault finals today, we saw a Swiss gymnast take home the bronze, making her mark in the history books as well.

Another Canadian won bronze in the heptathlon yesterday, making her the first ever Canadian to medal in the event at the Olympics.

The other day in 800m Freestyle, Katie Ledecky took home the gold (as well as the gold in 200 and 400m Freestyle) in record breaking time (I believe breaking her own previous record, but I could be wrong), and with a large lead over her competitors the entire race.

And these are only a few of the accomplishments, the ones I can fully remember and watched. I know their have been many more record breaking accomplishments, or just incredible accomplishments in their own respect, from all women of all nationalities at these Olympics.

Throughout these games, I have not only been cheering on Canada, but all women from all nationalities. Because through all of the sexism thrown their way from reporters, journalists, and spectators alike, the women have still been able to pull through with record breaking strength, making them all incredible roll models for everyone.

And although their have been men accomplishing incredible things as well, it is time for women to show that they can accomplish just as much as men can do, and this Olympics that is just what they are showing every single time they have stepped up to plate.

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What do you think of this years Olympic’s?

Sydney Xx

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There’s No Room For Kira – BUT LET’S BRING IN MORE WHITE MEN

WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS ABOUT TEEN WOLF 

Back in April I wrote a post about what happened to Arden Cho on Teen Wolf. Originally I wasn’t planning on writing a follow-up, and even when the trailer for season 6 was released I didn’t think of writing one, because I had already done so. But the fact is that there is new information, new information that made me angrier than I already was.

Here’s the thing. Back when I wrote my post it sounded like Ian Bohen would return to the show, though it wasn’t official yet. Now the trailer for season 6 was released at San Diego Comic Con a few weeks ago, and Ian Bohen was in it. In my last post I already ranted about how vile Bohen is (he’s sexist, degrading, victim-blames and publicly humiliated Arden and basically bullied her), so let’s not go there again (though boy do I want to). Kira, Arden’s character, was written off the show, because there was no room for her. Yet they brought back Peter Hale, a white man who brought nothing to the show after season 1 and whose story should’ve been wrapped up after that season.

At Comic Con it was also revealed that Cody Christian was coming  back (NO offence to Cody, really, he’s a talented actor and he seems like a nice guy). Now Cody is half Native American, but he’s white-passing and it wouldn’t surprise me if the higher ups at Teen Wolf have no clue about his ethnicity. And even though Cody himself isn’t entirely white, his character is. Like I pointed out in my previous post, Kira was the only non-white main character besides Scott. And don’t even get me started on how they’re treating him. What is his role going to be in season 6? I have no idea, because the trailer revealed nothing. Look, I’m the first to admit I’m Stydia trash so that trailer made me happy with all the Stydia, but we barely saw Scott and what was he doing? Why is the show once again focussing on Stiles? (don’t get me wrong I love Stiles) I really hope the trailer is misleading and is going to focus on its actual protagonist. It’s Teen Wolf, not Teen Human. Scott literally died last season, but we don’t see him dealing with that except for the one episode after it happens. He had a terrible relationship with his father, who left him and his mother, then came back in season 4 only to never be brought back. I get that the actor might be unavailable, but than mention him. He already left once, show us Scott dealing with his father once again abandoning him. Show us Scott dealing with everything he’s been through. Show us Scott learning what it means to be a True Alpha, because honestly I still don’t really know? They could’ve explored that more. Point is, they need to focus more on Scott and remember who their protagonist is.

Anyway, back to Kira. To make matters even worse, from the trailer we can tell that Cody’s character Theo is brought back from the dead/hell/wherever he was (yes see they’re literally bringing him back from hell BECAUSE HIS STORYLINE WAS OVER but there’s no room for Kira) with Kira’s sword, the one she used to defeat Theo, to drag him to hell. Which she only could have done by making a deal with the Skinwalkers. See, at the end of season 5 Kira went to the Skinwalkers for help, and they gave her that power to bring Theo down in return for her staying with them for who knows how long, until she got her powers under control. So that sacrifice was all for nothing. Talk about disrespectful towards Kira. Also why the hell didn’t she take her sword with her?? 

That’s not all, though! Before I wrote my previous post it was already announced that there would be a new supporting character, who, surprise, is a white man.

So there was no room for Kira, but let’s bring in three white(-passing) men, of whom two already had their storylines finished and another who is probably going to be incredibly irrelevant (you know like Jordan-I’m-The-Only-One-Who-Can-Defeat-The-Beast-But-In-The-End-I-Didn’t-Do-Shit-And-If-Had-Been-Removed-From-The-Plot-Nothing-Would-Change-Parrish). Meanwhile Kira’s story was far from over. She was still learning about being a Kitsune and her powers, she had to learn how to control said powers and we never saw her realise that she was going to live like 900 years and outlive everyone she loves (I’m not sure about her mom, they said that Kira is the Kitsune now and her mom isn’t anymore? It was very confusing, at least to me, but even if her mom is still immortal as well, she’s going to outlive her dad, boyfriend and friends) and coming to terms with that. But let’s literally drag villains back from the dead (Peter (Ian Bohen) was brought back from the dead in season 2, by emotionally manipulating a teenage girl and basically being a creepy pedophile like sit back back in your grave son) and introduce more white(-passing) men!

Oh and guess what, another new supporting male character has been announced! Though thankfully he isn’t white, though I’m not sure how I feel about him being Asian either. It’s like Teen Wolf is saying ‘well we can’t have more than one on the show!’ (not counting Kira’s parents. Also I really wonder how they’re going to treat him? Besides Mason and Hayden I’m 99%  sure all the other non-white supporting characters are dead). He’s even going to be a Lacrosse player, like Kira was. They’re literally replacing her with a male character.

So to sum up: Kira, an amazing Japanese female character; one of the three main girls; one of the only few girls we even still had on the show, was written off. And they replaced her with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR male characters, of which two are white and one white-passing.

I could make a lot more points, but I feel like I’m repeating my previous post and repeating the points I’ve already made in this one. I’m just furious at the sexism and racism going on behind the scenes and it’s hard to even write down my thoughts properly because I’m just just ugh. So I’m going to leave you with the gem that is Tyler Posey:

LOOK AT JEFF DAVIS’ (man sitting behind Tyler, he’s the showrunner) UNCOMFORTABLE LAUGHTER. DRAG HIM TYLER

Michelle is an 19-year old book and writing blogger who blogs at The Writing Hufflepuff, where she also talks about personal things and other interests. You can also tweet her at @writingbadger.

Britain, I’m not impressed.

(Disclaimer: these are my personal opinions and this is a rant, so sorry if I disagree with you and please feel free to correct me if I’m really offensive. This is not meant to be a dig at leave voters, and I will not hold it against you if you voted leave.)

For any of you who didn’t know, I’m British, and last night was the infamous EU referendum. This basically meant ‘the general public’ had to vote on whether or not to leave the EU (European Union). And I’m certainly not impressed with the result.

The results of the vote were incredibly close, with an utterly miniscule difference of about 4% as the results pointed to around 48% remain and 52% leave. Unfortunately for me, and the many other people who supported the Bremain campaign, Nigel Farage’s Brexit campaign (which quite frankly sounds like some sort of breakfast cereal and not a serious political campaign) won the vote. The difference is so tiny that a large proportion of the country is getting screwed over in my opinion, but we’ll come into that later. For now, here’s a handy graph showing the results together, courtesy of BBC News:

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Extremely close, as you can see.

And here’s another graph showing the results split over different areas of the UK (also from BBC News:

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I’m disappointed in Yorkshire to be honest

This really does show how the vote varied throughout Britain, with Scotland, Northern Ireland and London all voting majority remain. Sensible places, if you ask me.

Now, I hate Nigel Farage – even his name annoys me – so naturally I was not surprised that I supported the opposite campaign to his. Even Donald Trump supported Brexit, and if those two alone aren’t enough to put you off then I don’t know what will! *shrug* Michael Gove – AKA the Guy Who Made My GCSEs Harder – also threatened to resign if we voted remain, but instead we’re now faced with the prospect of him in some high-up place in parliament. So great job there, Britain.

Now, since the results were released this morning, SO MANY THINGS ARE BACKFIRING. The Pound is already losing value (as well as other worldwide currencies), Japan is refusing to trade with us, and don’t even get me started on the whole NHS thing (here’s a video and article that shows it better and proves Farage’s ‘OOPS my bad probs shoulda told you that before you voted but I won now lol bye’ attitude to his campaign). Not only that, but Scotland and Northern Ireland, and apparently even London want to leave the UK and rejoin the EU, and another Scottish referendum is very likely to happen in the near future. Basically, if we’re not careful, it’ll be little old England and even littler Wales on our own to fend for ourselves with our anti-immigrant views. Which is obviously just what we want, right Nigel?

So basically the UK is going down the drain, and mostly due to loads of immigrant-hating old people voting leave, because they seem to forget that immigration helps our economy and shall I mention who a large proportion of our medical staff are??? A few of my friends are immigrants or have parents/ other family members who are, and as far as I know they’re doing no harm, other than they don’t fit Farage’s white, British agenda. Because, you know, ‘traditional values’ and all that (ignoring all the bits about acceptance because pfffft, no one needs thaaaaat, right?). In fact, here’s a little thing that explains that concept of acceptance that some leave voters/campaigners just can’t seem to grasp:

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“We can keep at it” but apparently not

But despite all this, I think the thing I’m most scared about is my own future, and the future of the rest of my generation. It’s going to hit us the hardest – with university and housing fees likely to skyrocket, not to mention the prices of everything else, and the fact we won’t be able to properly leave for up to another 5 years (probably). A large proportion of people that voted leave were in older generations, and naturally they’re probably going to die sooner than us lot that’ll have to deal with the consequences for a lot longer.

Studying and/or working abroad will be more difficult and more expensive, living costs are going to be tremendously huge, and if we can’t go to uni then who’ll be the future doctors, teachers, business owners, eh? In the end we’re all worse off, and that’s the horrible part.

Nigel Farage can keep his racist views to himself – this is my future being affected, my life, and I’m terrified.


Elly

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How I Ramadan

Hello friends! It’s Angel here and it’s been quite a bit since I’ve talked to you guys on here! Why I am here right now is because Ramadan started 12 days ago (wow has it been that long?!) and I’ve gotten quite a few questions about it on Twitter. So I thought I’d answer the questions on here and explain how I Ramadan. Hope you enjoy and learn a little something! Before we start though, I’d like to remind you guys that I am only one person and can’t represent the entirety of Islam….hence the “I”. Ok now let’s go:

  • What is Ramadan? What do you do in Ramadan?
    • Well in the simplest of terms, Ramadan is basically the holy, obligatory month of fasting for all Muslims around the world. The specific timing of it changes every year if you’re looking at the Gregorian calendar (aka the January – December calendar). In actuality though, it’s always the same month in the Islamic year and that month is called Ramadan (I wonder why….lol).
  • So, uh, how long do you fast? What is fasting?
    • The length of hours of when a Muslim fasts depends on where you are in the world but you also fast in between sunrise and sunset. For me, right now, I fast about 16 hours and 25 mins. During the time of the fasting, you are not allowed to have any food or water and yes, that even means no water.  You’re also not allowed to have sexual intercourse which, considering I’m nowhere near married, means nothing to me….
  • Is there anything else?
    • Yup! There are levels to fasting actually. Not eating, drinking and having sex is the first bar. The second bar is abstaining from saying, hearing, seeing, touching or doing anything bad. Some examples are: dressing modestly, not saying curse words, not watching anything bad *cough like Game of Thrones cough* ……That’s the level I’m at right now. I already dress pretty modestly, I don’t swear, don’t touch anything I shouldn’t (like wine or pork). The only thing I had to change was not listening or watching anything that included things that included excessive swearing/steamy scenes. That’s half why I rushed to finish my binge-watching of How To Get Away With Murder before Ramadan started. Now the third level is the like ultimate level and it’s that you pretty much think of nothing except God. I’m not totally sure how far that goes but it’s typically scholars who get to that level so I say ask the internet AND the Imam in a nearby mosque what that third level means…

Okay that’s it I believe. If y’all have any more questions, feel free to tweet/DM me! If I don’t know the answer, I’ll send you to someone or something who can hopefully help you. I also suggest you discuss any questions you may have about Islam with someone in a mosque or look it up in the Quran. Thank you guys, have a great day/night and tata for now!

~ Angel, Avid Reader

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Guest Post – Marginalization in Mainstream Movements

Hey guys! Today we have a guest post from Luna Cooler. As with all posts on here, this is just personal opinion, however feel free to discuss (calmly) in the comments! Here we go:


What happens when social justice movements become the face of pop culture?

We live in a time when social justice movements are doing exactly that. Take feminism. While society still has its fair share of people who think the ideology of feminism is built on a vision of female supremacy, more and more people are willing to adopt feminism, including celebrities. Benedict Cumberbatch and Taylor Swift are two examples of celebrity feminists, and the Feministas blog you’re reading right now wouldn’t exist had Emma Watson not endorsed the UN movement HeForShe. There’s also a saying, “Feminism is for everyone.” I think this level of support for a cause is amazing.

However, I find there is still so much we can do to ensure that feminism truly is for everyone.

When we talk about why people should adopt feminism, usually the conversation is geared towards those who think feminism’s against men or those who believe feminism to be obsolete. What we usually don’t try to address are the people who do recognize the problem of inequality everywhere and feel that feminism in its current state is an insufficient remedy; a movement that perhaps means well but fails to reflect their needs.

In any marginalized group, not everyone is at the same level of power; the people with the most privilege within the marginalized group are the ones whose voices are amplified the most. Their issues (which might not be everyone’s issues) are often prioritized. So when it comes to mainstream feminism, the ones who benefit the most are straight White Western able-bodied women. They’re oppressed in the sense that they’re women, but they’re endowed with systemic privileges in all other aspects–such as ability, gender orientation, and race.

This is causing feminism to drive away people who don’t fit this mold.

Mainstream feminism has a habit of doing things that unintentionally (sometimes intentionally) oppress others. First-wave feminism had White suffragettes marching for the vote and pushing women of color to the back. During second-wave feminism, there was this idea of sisterhood in which everyone could relate to each other because they experienced the same kind of oppression (when women of color were not oppressed the same way as White women), which caused Alice Walker to create womanism for Black women’s struggles. There’s little to no discussion on disability; Caitlin Moran uses the word r*tard, an offensive term for disabled people, in her book How to Be a Woman. One could point out Taylor Swift’s colonialist “Wildest Dreams” video and culturally appropriative “Shake it Off” music video. Miley Cyrus, another problematic mainstream feminist, appropriates Black culture when she twerks and wears cornrows. Mainstream feminism loves to make bastardizations of cultures into fashion trends for White folks while ignoring the oppression faced by people of those cultures for participating in them, defending White celebrities “because choice!!!!!1!!!11!!!” Well, it’s not choice if it hinders another person’s freedom.

And then there’s the more complex side of LGBTQIA+ ignored. Mainstream feminism today is definitely working on gay and lesbian rights, waving around their rainbows and all the colorful attire. But again, the gays represented are systemically privileged in every aspect except their sexuality: white, cisgender, able-bodied, and usually male. Most of the conversation around LGBTQIA+ issues is something along the lines of “It makes me so mad when people say they’re not for same-sex marriage. They’re not for equal rights.” How many times do you hear about a queer person criticizing the argument behind same-sex marriage (with reasons different from those put forth by conservatives)? Not that much. If you observe on a day-to-day basis, how many times do you see a nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, intersex, or ace/aro (that’s the A in LGBTQIA+) person speaking up compared to the number of times a gay or lesbian speaks up? Not that much either. Even HeForShe needs improvement here; while it features more people of color from different countries other than those in the West, no one’s doing work for those who don’t identify as he or she.

Many times, social justice accomplished a lot of things, but it also tended to go the way it shouldn’t go: assimilation. As social justice assimilates more and more into societal norms instead of dismantling them, its version of equality only benefits a certain group, leading to the replication of the same oppressive structures. This is what has been going on in mainstream feminism for a long time: all feminists are equal, but some feminists are more equal than others. As a second-generation Filipina on the ace spectrum, I hardly ever see people like me represented in the feminist movement. We can never achieve true equality if we don’t make women, along with nonbinary/intersex/etc. folks equal to each other as well; if we only represent one group’s struggles. We need a broader, more intersectional vision for our diverse world.


Luna Cooler is a biromantic second-generation Filipina on the ace spectrum, born and raised in Southern California. She likes drawing, writing, and playing the violin; she also has a memory that creeps people out. Luna mainly blogs at Luna’s Imagination Igloo, and her feminist blog is Notes from the Female Odyssey.

Luna E.G. Cooler