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So I have a stomach bug. No idea where I picked it up from, but during work yesterday I started feeling ill, managed to hold it together, and went home feeling miserable and feverish. Woke up with a fever which broke sometime late this morning. Starting to recover, hopefully it's a 24 hour deal. Am feeling all sorts of frustrated at having to stay home especially as I'm feeling better, but then I try to get some housework done and realize I am not up to strength. But hey, getting a little writing done shouldn't hurt?

So my husband was out of town a few nights last week for a conference, and being as I am fed up with the patriarchal mindset of so many people I interact with nowadays, I decided I really needed to watch my 3 favorite Utena episodes. Episode 34, and then the last two. It was my first time watching the remastered versions and watching them on my nice, new 55 inch screen tv, and wow. Just wow. The detail was stunning!

Once again, every time I watch it I pick up on more stuff. Such as... )

Lately I've been thinking a lot about about my Slayers head canon. The first thing I have to start off with because it has been bugging me, but where did the idea that Zel is a coffee addict come from? When I got into the show it was a given that Zel had a coffee addiction that rivaled Captain Janeway's! I bought into it at the time and promulgated the idea. But now that I think of it, does he ever mention drinking coffee in the series or books? He mentions wanting a cup of tea at one point. Do we even ever see him drinking coffee? Where did the idea of coffee being his drink of choice originate from? Was there a fanfic that someone wrote involving him drinking coffee, and people thought it was funny and soon it became accepted truth that he was a coffee addict? I'm really curious about this!

Anyway, moving onto other stuff...And yes, I think about this stuff way too much. )

Recently my husband has gotten into Mauyo and really wanted me to watch it with him, so I did. It's one of those series where it's obvious that they are cramming in so much stuff they are cutting a lot of story out, but it's interesting enough. And then we watched the episode he really wanted me to see. )

And finally, something about Doctor Who. )
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I've written about Anthy a few times before, so I was a little reluctant to write about her as my first fictional woman. The thing is, she embraces so many of the themes surrounding women, both real and fictional, that I realized that she HAD to be the fictional woman I started out with.

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a very layered series that I could write an 800 page book deconstructing. So I'm going to strip it down to this. In Utena, you can be a prince, a princess, or a witch. Only men are princes, and princes act. Princes rescue princesses. Women can only be princesses or witches. Princesses don't act. That prince has to do things for them. The witch is the woman who acts. In Anthy's case, she acted by saving a prince's life. And she was horrifically punished for it.

And this mirrors real life. To this day, in politics it is viewed as more acceptable for a woman to go into it because her husband did. And the media is more favorable to president's wives who spend their time decorating the White House and out of the Oval Office. Hilary Clinton was given hell for being active in politics.

MAJOR SPOILERS for Revolutionary Girl Utena. If you haven't seen it, go do it now! And this is one of the few series where I will insist you watch it in the original Japanese with subtitles. Watch it! Watch it! )
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I'm usually not big on liking villains in media. I like to root for the good guys. Still, there are villains that I feel are very effective or strike some chord with me. In my mind, a good villain is one who makes your blood boil and yell at the screen "HOW COULD YOU!?" One that you cheer when the hero/heroine takes him/her down.

See below for the villains who make my blood boil. )

That's that. In other news, B. is with my parents for the weekend because Andy had to have his wisdom teeth removed this morning. So instead of taking care of my little baby I'm taking care of a baby baby post surgery. *sighs* In Feb B. is staying with my parents for the weekend and I'm going to do something fun!
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It seems to flare from time to time, people who say they can't stand female characters for whatever reason. Considering women make up roughly 30% of the speaking roles in movies and roughly 50% of the population, that's a lot of people not to like. Especially when you factor in novels (particularly those written by women), tv shows, and anime (which tends to have more female characters).

I'm not going to speculate on what is going on here, but I am going to do a shout out once a week to an awesome female character.

Some warnings.

1. There will be spoilers. Tread carefully.

2. Usually I encourage differing viewpoint. However, this is to express love and adoration, not for someone who has a bone to pick with a particular character to vent about it. If you don't like my choice of Wonderful Woman for the week, I don't want to hear it. So if you don't like character A and decide to write to tell me why, I'm going to delete it.

3. Considering the above, feel free to discuss character traits or different reads on the character (for instance if I think character A's most proud moment was this, and you think it was that, feel free to discuss why. That is fine and encouraged. But DON'T tell me why you don't like her).

4. No derailing by talking about male characters who get dissed. Yes, male characters get bashed, but I've yet to see someone say that they hate ALL male characters or find ALL male characters boring. If you feel some poor neglected male character out there needs some fan love, write out your own shout out.

With that out of the way, I will now shout out to: Himemiya Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena. )
alexeia_drae: (utena)
It seems to flare from time to time, people who say they can't stand female characters for whatever reason. Considering women make up roughly 30% of the speaking roles in movies and roughly 50% of the population, that's a lot of people not to like. Especially when you factor in novels (particularly those written by women), tv shows, and anime (which tends to have more female characters).

I'm not going to speculate on what is going on here, but I am going to do a shout out once a week to an awesome female character.

Some warnings.

1. There will be spoilers. Tread carefully.

2. Usually I encourage differing viewpoint. However, this is to express love and adoration, not for someone who has a bone to pick with a particular character to vent about it. If you don't like my choice of Wonderful Woman for the week, I don't want to hear it. So if you don't like character A and decide to write to tell me why, I'm going to delete it.

3. Considering the above, feel free to discuss character traits or different reads on the character (for instance if I think character A's most proud moment was this, and you think it was that, feel free to discuss why. That is fine and encouraged. But DON'T tell me why you don't like her).

4. No derailing by talking about male characters who get dissed. Yes, male characters get bashed, but I've yet to see someone say that they hate ALL male characters or find ALL male characters boring. If you feel some poor neglected male character out there needs some fan love, write out your own shout out.

With that out of the way, I will now shout out to: Himemiya Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena. )
alexeia_drae: (feeling sick)
I recently rewatched the last two episodes of "Revolutionary Girl Utena." Aside from being overwhelmed by it's epicness and how amazingly feminist it is, it seems that I still have a lot of symbolism to pick up on. And certainly, something hit me on the head the last time I watched it. Not only did it reinforce the strong feminist message of the show, it just makes me love it more.

Symbolistic, feministic, awesomistic...Oh yeah, spoilers if you haven't seen the ending. And if you haven't, you should. )
alexeia_drae: (feeling sick)
I recently rewatched the last two episodes of "Revolutionary Girl Utena." Aside from being overwhelmed by it's epicness and how amazingly feminist it is, it seems that I still have a lot of symbolism to pick up on. And certainly, something hit me on the head the last time I watched it. Not only did it reinforce the strong feminist message of the show, it just makes me love it more.

Symbolistic, feministic, awesomistic...Oh yeah, spoilers if you haven't seen the ending. And if you haven't, you should. )

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