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I am a geek, and I love being a geek. I’d heard a lot of talk regarding the new Jessica Jones TV show that Netflix had produced and so when I was home sick for a few days I decided to binge watch all 13 episodes. It actually only took the first episode to hook me. I mean, come on – with Carrie Anne Moss and David Tennant I had to give it a shot.

The show has a dark and gritty film noir style to it that’s a bit refreshing. But when I say dark, I mean darker than anything else I’ve ever seen in a TV show with the exception of maybe Dexter. The show definitely pulls no punches and gets right under your skin and worms it’s way into your brain. I love it for two reasons that developed rather quickly:

  1. Strong female characters and people of color dominate this story.  They are all strong in different ways and for different reasons, but they are not for the most part the archetype of the strong female.
  2. Terrifyingly honest depictions of abuse and its aftermath, but not in a “oh you poor victim let me rescue you” sort of a way at all.

We are thrown into Jessica’s world, as she lives it, right now.  As the story develops we start to understand her superpowers, her past, and her problems.  It limits the amount of exposition and allows the viewer to begin feeling the reality of her world very quickly.  She is not a by the book super hero – she makes bad decisions and pushes people away for a variety of reasons.  She does the right thing sometimes, but selfish things a lot of the time.  You don’t necessarily like her.  I appreciate that this is not a bubblegum story where it’s all about falling in love or being rescued.

Tennant does a fantastic job playing a truly reprehensible excuse for a human being.  He makes it very easy to hate him and very hard to look away.  Moss also does a wonderful job of being the unscrupulous lawyer who will do whatever it takes.

The way Jessica’s PTSD is depicted is the truly amazing thing about this story in my opinion.  And the way that her abuser Kilgrave eventually discusses the previous abuse is even more so.  The gaslighting and the attempt to rewrite history so he can view himself as the hero is repulsive but so damned realistic.

In all honesty, I’m not really saying this all very well at all. But do yourself a favor and make the time to try watching it.  And if you want more compelling reasons, try these other articles written about the show:

http://www.tor.com/2015/12/01/jessica-jones-kilgrave-consent-rape-culture/

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-jessica-jones-perfectly-portrays-being-stalked/

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Yes – I’m posting this again because it needs to be said…again. Why are there so many folks who feel the need to focus on style and looks and completely overlook the focus of what someone is doing when it comes to a female presenting the information. Why are we as a society willing to listen to men but focus more on how a woman looks?

Emily Graslie makes some extremely good points in this episode of her YouTube Channel, The Brain Scoop. With so few visible women in that ecosystem presenting STEM subjects she definitely stands out. Unfortunately this apparently also makes her a target for completely unrelated criticisms. No, this is not unique in the YouTube world. No, this is not news in and of itself. But seriously?

Followed from NPR’s article: Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads Her Mail — And It’s Not So Nice

Women with swords...without the chainmail bikini.

For everyone out there who says that a woman cannot compete on equal footing with a man, please take a look here. At the Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament in New Zealand, Sarah Hay was 1st in jousting and 2nd overall by points. This was not in the ladies jousting competition – there was no his and hers jousting. Sarah competed at something that takes skill and courage and training.

I’d say she deserves respect. What do you think?

Feel free to check out more via Fashionably Geek: http://fashionablygeek.com/videos-2/this-armored-lady-won-the-longsword-competition-at-a-world-invitational-tournament/

Nothing To Prove

Posted: July 23, 2013 in Geek Culture, Gender Bias
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The Doubleclicks are a couple of delightfully talented geeky ladies who travel around performing and bringing their music to nerds everywhere. But being a couple of women, they’ve been subjected to the haters who had to point out that since they lack a penis, they could not possibly be real geeks.

They had enough of that and enough of hearing the other women in our space who get treated the same way so they wrote a new song called Nothing To Prove and asked all their fans to submit pictures of themselves with a sign stating why they are just as much of a geek as anyone else.

The video they put together has me so happy and so weepy I just have no words. Thank you ladies so much for creating something so beautiful with a message that hits right at home.

Angry Game of Thrones Music Video

Posted: June 5, 2013 in Geek Culture
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http://www.collegehumor.com/embed/6879795/axis-of-awesome-you-like-got-i-read-the-fcking-books

Caught this one thanks to a quick post on The Mary Sue and it just gave me a warm smile of amusement.

This is something that lovers of geek fandom have been complaining about for some time now and I have to admit that I’m of two minds about it.

On the one hand those of us who read Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones or enjoyed any of the numerous comics over the years feel that due to our long standing love of these things before they were cool or cash cows for Hollywood we are better, smarter and somehow deeper human beings than those who just stumbled on whatever was showing at the cineplex or being hyped on tv. We suffered the years of name calling and exclusion and we turned to our books for comfort. They were things to be read, discussed and re-read for missed meaning. How dare these popular kids who refused to see the value in our bibliophilia try to hop on this bandwagon now just because someone somewhere found the right shiny package to put it in. It’s understandable when you look at it that way that those who feel that they suffered for their love would be angry that these usurpers could just come in and claim ownership.

On the other hand though without the mass excitement of those who ignored the previous incarnations of our beloved fandom, some fantastic geeky movies would never have been made. It’s unfortunate but true that if Avengers had only appealed to geeks it probably would have been nothing more than a dusty script on a shelf. And HBO wouldn’t have made GoT if they didn’t think they could sell it to people who would never have even considered reading the books previously.

One question though – what about the folks who couldn’t stomach being so uncool as to visit a comic book shop before seeing Dark Knight Returns but who now have decided maybe it’s worth while? Those who after seeing Harry Potter decide to pick up the books and give fantasy fiction a chance? Does expanding our geek population dilute us as fans? Are these people the fake geeks that everyone accuses them of being? We all had to find our way to it somehow, there was a day for all of us before we found our geek loves. Maybe we should consider giving them a chance.

This tumblr post was brought to my attention today and I have to say that it is truly beautiful. A touchingly private moment shared between two people in a public space.

“After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.”

The video above was linked in a Gawker post about the same interaction.