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WordPress Family Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you very much to Comparative Geeks for the WordPress Family Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I appreciate it a lot! I am always grateful for the wonderful community I found on WordPress!

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wordpressfamilyaward_2The Rules for this is to nominate 15 bloggers. I admit that I’m unsure of who to nominate as you guys are all so great! So, I decided to nominate all people following this blog. If you wish to share it on your blog, you are welcome to! If not, consider it a token of my appreciation for your support! You rock!

Links: Writing, Feminism, Video Games, Science Fiction

Links: Writing, Feminism, Video Games, Science Fiction

Image courtesy of Surachai / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Surachai / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Mega-Awesome Super Inspiring Voltron Award

Thank you very much, Hayley Knighten, for nominating me for the Mega-Awesome Super Inspiring Voltron Award! I am always so grateful with the support from the WordPress community and from the talented and friendly bloggers I have met since I joined in summer 2013.

mega-awesomeThe Rules / Guidelines

  1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts about Myself

  1. I love teddy bears and other stuffed animals.
  2. I hope to have my first fiction work, a Science Fiction novella for children (in French), published later this year.
  3. I fell in love with the X-Files because of the three parter: Gethsemane, Redux I and II.
  4. Russian is one of my favorite languages, but I can’t understand or speak it.
  5. I originally watched both The Fellowship of the Ring and Game of Thrones for the same reason: Sean Bean.
  6. It took me a long while before joining Tumblr but I’m glad I did. I love it.
  7. I have a passion for notebooks.

My Nominees

In case any of my nominees doesn’t wish to accept the award, please simply consider this a token of my appreciation for your blog.

Feminist Friday: In Case People Still Wondered Why Feminism And #YesAllWomen Are Needed

For the past months, I have participated in several Feminist Friday discussions about a wide range of topics, with a few other bloggers. Last week, the focus was on the Feminist label itself. As I commented, I think that the label is still needed and I have called myself a feminist for many years, no matter how many times I have to explain again and clarify that I am not a man hater or assorted negative clichés. (I am not saying that some people calling themselves feminists haven’t gone to such extremes, but that is a problem with many labels. Negative branches of a label can easily taint the whole tree, but it doesn’t mean the other branches have to change using said label).

Earlier this week, I came across a Tumblr post (which I reblogged) that featured pictures and shared a link to the following article: Disturbing Google Searches For Feminism, Re-Imagined by Inspiring Feminists by Elizabeth Plank. While the article goes back to late 2013, I didn’t come across it before.

Rape culture and violence against women is no news to me, but when I read the article and saw all the pictures, I was just shocked to see it all again. I think that the idea behind this was great and showed that there is still great need to bring awareness about these rampant issues and to continue fighting for equality until equality isn’t just a word or a dream but a reality. Sure, much progress has been made, but we are far from equality even now.

Source: mic.com

Source: mic.com

I am only sharing two of the examples posted on the article page, but they give you enough of an idea of the point both of the article and this post. Teaching girls to protect themselves isn’t going to solve the problem. As long as men will continue to spread the women hate, and that some of said hate will be considered trivial and nothing to be worried about (after all it starts with insiduous things such as little girls being told that if a boy hits them it means the boy likes them and it is one tiny example among tons of others).

This article, just as the #YesAllWomen hashtag shows how the Internet now plays a crucial part in seeking equality and is another battle ground like anything not online related is. Everything is related, in the good and the ugly.

Source: mic.com

Source: mic.com

I am grateful that people from all and any gender support equality and I hope that this continues to spread so that mentalities and thus societies can evolve in the right direction. This is also why I thought that the article that prompted this post featured a diverse group of feminists, because equality isn’t about a country or even a continent. This is a goal that must be attained on a global scale and it is important that we understand this and don’t choose an elitist approach, because every drop in the ocean matters. If people are willing to make a positive change, they are all welcome to, and they shouldn’t be discouraged.

I know that the road to equality is still long, but I’m not planning to stop marching on.

The Purpose of Education for #FeministFriday

This week’s Feminist Friday Discussion is hosted by Comp Geeks. Topic is the purpose of education. It lays great ground work and conversation for future discussions about specific stages and types of education.

Comparative Geeks

Hello, and welcome to another Feminist Friday post! After 6 weeks of conversations, which you can find information about here, we realized that we had both barely scratched the surface of Feminism – and that we needed a good starting place, an area to spend more time on. What has been decided on first for focus is Education.

I had volunteered to host a post for Feminist Friday this month, and with the topic of Education, I volunteered to get us started. We’re considering talking about Education through age ranges, from early childhood – before schools even – through childhood, adolescence, and into secondary education – and on into adult education. But before hitting any of that, I felt that the place to start is with the purpose of Education.

While this might especially mean the purpose of formal education systems, I think that the question also applies to…

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International Women’s Day, Writing, TV Reviews and Links

In honor of International Women’s Day, I am reposting a Star Wars video tribute I made a few years ago, featuring all female characters from both movie trilogies. Besides that, I have celebrated this day by working on two more paper proposals to submit (currently finishing the second one). Both of them focus on female characters. One is on female characters in James Cameron’s Science Fiction movies and the other is on the little girl named Morning Dew in the Yoko Tsuno comic book series. While on it, I also jolted down more notes about what might one day turn into my doctoral research, i.e. Warrior Mothers in Science Fiction (and possibly Fantasy).

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Thank you, Diana at Part Time Monster for nominating me for a Versatile Blogger Award! I found out about it while I was in the middle of typing this, so making sure to make mention of it! I am honored and will post with answers and nominations next week! Thank you!

I have also been catching up with the TV episodes of the week, starting with Beauty and the Beast 2.15 Catch me if you can. I very much enjoyed Vincent’s development in it. I am hoping that they are done with the love triangle within the next episode, especially given the ending of this one. Tess was great as always. I’d like if she had more screen time, because she is one of my favorite characters in the show. I always like seeing her and Catherine team together and kick ass. I also like that there is an arc with a “villain” and I wonder how this will continue to be depicted in the rest of the season, as it’s obvious that Sam will still cause trouble, despite having been arrested.

I am still in love with Intelligence! 1.09 Athens was brilliant and poignant. I love how they have been exploring the line between cybernetic and human for Gabriel in the recent episodes, more than in the earlier ones; I think this is extremely interesting and adds to character development. I really like the whole team and am glad that they’re taking the time to develop them all, and their dynamics. The show has a lot of short moments that adds a lot to how engaging the narrative is. I am glad to see both Riley and Lillian have such great roles to play and that they are both more than just “the guardian” and “the boss”. Strong characters are good, well layered ones are wonderful. I also like how even the “good guys” aren’t perfect and can even do questionable things at times, thus having to deal with them.

Almost Human 1.13 Straw Man didn’t disappoint after a very compelling first season. I can’t wait for the show to be renewed and hope it can last a few more seasons. While I love insane and well done drama, I was very happy that for once a season finale didn’t end with horrible loss and abominable cliffhangers. With how the case was looking into the past and Kennex’s late father, I was far from sure of how things would end. So, the closure aspect of the episode, as well as Dorian’s term renewal as Kennex’s partner were welcome. The final scene between the two cops was a great moment, with the usual Blade Runner vibe! The dialogs are a strong aspect of the show and I am curious to see how characters and dynamics will continue to be developed in future seasons.

I had been tapping foot for the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, 1.14 T.A.H.I.T.I. since I’d watched the previous one. I loved how the team continued to become a family, because of Skye’s situation. They all reacted in their own way, and the grief was almost palpable. I like how they were all able to keep functioning, but that they referred a few times to how Skye could have assisted as well. Finding more about how Coulson was brought back to life was also extremely interesting. I wonder whether the different reaction Skye had to the injection might reveal about her origins.

I still don’t really care for the whole teenage dimension of Star-Crossed. Yet, 1.03 Our Toil Shall Strive To Mend made me eager to continue watching. I love the soundtrack, but this wouldn’t be enough for me to actually sit through 40 minute long episodes. It is the political stakes that keep me watching. I like how all of this is so much more complex than I had first expected. I am curious to see things develop with all the new players added to the scene since the pilot. I hope that they keep things in line and don’t get muddled in the story, as it would be a shame. In terms of characters, I admit that I don’t like any of the characters so much. I think that the two I actually like are Julia and Roman.

The Tomorrow People is a show I wouldn’t have thought I would like as much as I do. By 1.15 Enemy of My Enemy, it is really finding its pace and the story line develops very solidly. I was very happy to see Astrid again! Her interaction with John was my favorite part in the episode and they have great moments together. I was glad that they got rid of Julian and could save Charlotte and the whole group! Russel was awesome as always. I hope that things can get better for the Tomorrow People as a group now that they are working on putting prior issues behind them. I am also curious about what will the invention from his father that Stephen found at the end, will turn out to be.

Links: Writing, Tolkien, Music, Video games