"Acker: Why are you writing? Why are you doing spoken word?
-Kathy Acker, feminist writer, giving advice to Kathleen Hanna, who would go on to form the band Bikini Kill and kickoff the Riot Grrrl movement, bringing a new wave of feminism to a younger generation. (via jane-alright)
Hanna: I feel like my whole life no one’s ever listened to me. I want people to listen.
Acker: … You should be in a band."
As Quentin Tarantino prepares to unleash his eighth film, Django Unchained, on UK shores, he’s already looking into the future and a possible team-up with Johnny Depp…
Jehovah Witnesses don’t celebrate halloween
I guess they don’t appreciate random people coming up to their doors.
Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for the Short Story
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages." -via advicetowriters.com (via kadrey)
- I love this quote, Joss Whedon, and all the characters in this picture (with the possible exception of Illyria). They are all “strong female characters,” they all kick ass, and they are all well-written.
- This photo only depicts one kind of “strong female character” in the works of Joss Whedon: The kind that comes heavily armed with firearms/magic/battle axes/stakes/ass-kicking skills, etc.
So I’d like to take a moment to mention the other “strong female characters” of the Whedonverse, those whose strength does not necessarily come in the form of ass-kicking abilities, but who are without a doubt strong.
- Joyce Summers, Buffy’s wonderfully human, flawed, protective, and supportive mother.
- Kaylee Frye, the genius mechanic who delights in girly dresses, her own sexuality, good food, and getting her hair done.
- Sierra/Priya, the victim of abuse who is at her core a compassionate, loving pacifist.
- Winifred Burkle, who survived five years in a hell dimension and can solve any problem with science, optimism, and her enormous brain.
- Tara MaClay, who was the only one of Buffy’s friends to provide her with support and understanding in her darkest hour, and who stood up to her abusive girlfriend even when it hurt her.
- Cordelia fucking Chase, who went from privileged brat to loyal friend to self-sacrificing hero.
- Adele DeWitt, the woman in a position of power who never forgot that her first duty was to protect the Actives under her charge.
- Pepper Potts, CEO of Stark Enterprises and the only person who can get the best of Iron Man.
- Inara Serra, the sex-positive and confident courtesan who was more therapist than “whore” and never once let misogynist insults prevent her from being who she is.
- Anya Jenkins, who spoke her mind. Every. Damn. Time.
- Even Dawn Summers, who wasn’t special, but extraordinary (we all whined at age 15, deal with it).
One of my favorite things about Whedonverse projects is that they always include a broad spectrum of “strong female characters.” The women of the Whedonverse represent a diverse collection of ways to be strong as a woman, as a person. The ass-kickers were just as strong as the nurturers, and sometimes they even overlapped. Y’know… like real people.
This concludes my blatant fangirling over Whedonverse women.