♥ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YVONNE STRAHOVSKI! 30-07-1982 ♥
"One of the most endearing things about Yvonne is that she really is just this rugged tomboy character from Australia who is able to embody that glam, geeky, nerdy thing." - Adam Baldwin
Be the Song | Foy Vance
Listen & fall asleep to this. It’s amazing.
What pisses you off about Hollywood right now? (x)
How manipulative is Margaery? Is it all about playing the angles or is there like, some deep heart in there, too? What’s her motivation? (x)
hey, you shouldn’t have come to me about this bc i’m the most inarticulate person in the world lol but i think by “pretending to be men” she’s talking about the trope of the ~strong female character who is not allowed any complexity beyond traditionally “masculine” qualities. mainly bc male writers think the only way female characters can be strong is if they’re ruthless/ambitious, like male characters have been written. the qualities attached to “femininity” that do exist are deemed as inferior…which is why you don’t see male characters in media written as graceful/compassionate/etc very often.
but yeah. women can be selfish and greedy, and they’re not pretending to be men if they are these things. and men are not naturally prideful and violent (and to say otherwise lets people off the hook for how we socialize them). to link any kind of trait to one gender or another is essentialist and wrong.
there is sometimes a privilege attached to women who act “feminine” and i definitely don’t think it should be mandatory that a female character be graceful and look nice while she’s killing things, or be altruistic (that’s how she’ll get fridged.) but to start getting rid of these essentialist ideas in the first place you have to show a representation of the dissonance that exists in real people, a mix of (unfortunately gendered rn) traits, in tauriel’s case, being “feminine and graceful” while also being “masculine and ruthless” killing orcs.
((fwiw i think kate austen could be VERY selfish/ruthless (but also could be nurturing/compassionate) and evie didn’t choose to play her graceful or pristine (quite the opposite most of the time) so i don’t think mandatory femininity is what she is advocating.))
i think the fact that she characterizes it as a pendulum swing is important. most people, men and women and otherwise, are somewhere in the middle when it comes to “”“masculinity”“” and “”“femininity”“”. and when one side of the spectrum is ‘altruism’ and the other is ‘selfishness’, most people (and therefore well written characters) are not wholly one or the other and swing around somewhere in the middle. and the gender pendulum should not be chain-linked to the selfishness pendulum or any other pendulum for that matter.
i’m sorry my thoughts are very convoluted because this is a very complicated topic, i don’t completely agree with her naturalistic essentialism but i love the thrust of her message and i like the dialogue it’s created.
"chance meeting your perfect other, your perfect opposite - your protector and endangeror. chance embarking with this other on the greatest of journeys - a search for truths fugitive and imponderable." | the x files
What has been the wildest fan experience you’ve had so far? I had quite a good one recently. I had to have a root canal done and I was in the chair, and I’m really scared of dentists, and I was there and they put the bleach in to clean the roots of my teeth. I had a clamp in my jaw and those plastic curtain things in my mouth. (x)
Normani and Lauren clearly paying attention during the Q&A
Hayley Atwell discussing Agent Carter at SDCC.
What were your inspirations, especially since [Tauriel] is a completely created character; what brought you to bring that power because there were a lot of ways you could have played that role that would have been along the lines of what we usually see for a girl in an action movie where she’s not in the adventure, she’s the prize…? [x]
I have many thoughts about this because I don’t completely trust the “women are the compassionate and selfless ones” argument, particularly because I was a person who made it at one time, but I don’t think it’s true. We have stronger biological reasons to hold the family and community together and raise and defend our children, but I know plenty of selfish women and plenty of compassionate men, so I don’t think that’s a fair or accurate representation. We’re all humans, we all have the full range of human emotion. What’s not equal is the societally acceptable ways of expressing those emotions. Which leads me to the point that she’s totally right that literature is full of men after revenge, greed, pride, and power who we idolize and adore. So a couple of things need to happen. We need to stop calling women who portray those ideas “bitches” and realizing the men who portray them might not be totally worthy of the worship they so often get. And we need to have female, and male characters as well, who are feminine and graceful and totally capable of slaughter, because 1) hell yeah and 2) those things don’t have to contradict. We need a greater diversity of characters, and so I think her portrayal or Tauriel is awesome, but we also need to stop saying “my strength as a woman or as a man is x.” So many kinds of people define themselves as a woman or as a man, and as feminine or masculine, that do so is going to end up excluding someone and just contributing to another box we have to fill as a woman or man. That doesn’t mean we need to stop talking about what it means to be a woman or a man, and women are so underrepresented that it’s probably important to talk about what it means to be a woman out in the open more, but we need to be cautious of sticking generalizations or labels on any of it.