The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.
Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing.
African American flappers and Jazz Age women
HOLY SHIT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BLACK FLAPPERS BEFORE!
Princess Dagmar of Denmark, (1847-1928) by unknown artist
Abby Wambach for the ESPN Body Issue.
I love these photos. I love these photos because it’s the first time I can think of when I haven’t had to see a female athlete be overly sexualized and objectified. She’s naked, yes that’s the point of the issue (and the men are just as nude), but she’s powerful. She’s athletic and strong in both of these photos.
They just make me happy, okay?
This is like, Classical Greek Olympian style. Less, “Hurrrrr, she’s nekkid” and more “HOLY SHIT LOOK AT HOW AWESOMELY BADASS HER BODY IS GODDAMN”.
I like it.
I had to have a closer look to realize the photos were of a female athlete, because of how non-sexual they are.
"What do I want instead of a Strong Female Character? I want a male:female character ratio of 1:1 instead of 3:1 on our screens. I want a wealth of complex female protagonists who can be either strong or weak or both or neither, because they are more than strength or weakness. Badass gunslingers and martial artists sure, but also interesting women who are shy and quiet and do, sometimes, put up with others’ shit because in real life there’s often no practical alternative. And besides heroines, I want to see women in as many and varied secondary and character roles as men: female sidekicks, mentors, comic relief, rivals, villains. I want not to be asked, when I try to sell a book about two girls, two boys and a genderless robot, if we couldn’t change one of those girls to a boy."
"I’m on a mission. Miss America has always been the girl next door, but Miss America is evolving. And she is not going to look the same anymore. I am Nina Davuluri, and I celebrate diversity through cultural competency."
1930’s Teen Delinquents
i.e. life role models
I’m just gonna reblog this again because it’s one of my favorite pictures ever.
That girl in the chair seems like such a badass I bet she was the leader of the crew.
I want to write about these girls.
When I was a teenager my mother found my grandmother’s (her mother) school scrapbook. It included things like photos, notes, and a two page spread of every demerit she ever received over the course of her formal education. Each of them set aside with little tags like she was so fucking proud of them. They were all for things like, “Unladylike behavior” or, “Skirt too short” or, “refuses to listen to authority”. I loved that spread so much.
I always have to reblog this.
So not really a sketch but not really a finished piece either? Just a little something I painted for a Q&A in the current Imagine FX, which I liked enough to post :)
Enrollment is currently open for my very first skillshare class on Character Concept Art! You can read all the details here and sign up here for anyone interested: Character Concept Art: from thumbnail to final design.
"But seriously, what have women even accomplished anyway?"
Awesome women being awesome :)
(I hope that’s legible) (source)
Anna, 2012, oil on linen, 20 x 16 inches, private collection.
#i do think it’s possible to have strong female characters#that have limited agency in some respects #IF the characters are complex and they are trying to gain more agency #the characters i’m specifically thinking about are from period movies and tv #who work within their limited agency to get shit done #or even in modern shows like oitnb #where the women have limited agency #but are all pretty strong female characters
i just wanted everyone to look at these rad tags and add YES, i ALSO am super interested in stories about women negotiating their limited agency and doing the best they can with the space that is given them— what i was criticizing was not the idea of limited narrative agency but rather like, stories seeming to think they are perfectly revolutionary and that their protagonists are free as the wind when in fact they are constantly policed and constrained??? like, i want more explorations of the ways that agency is limited and how women deal with that, the ways they build and determine their own characters and goals in those spaces— in ways that respect those women’s navigation of their spaces.
YES, basically, YES THAT ALSO.
anonymous asked: Hey delladilly! I’m a huge fan of yours and I always admire your post on pretty much everything because they’re so on point. and you also have a good taste in books. <3 I have a question, and I was wondering if you could answer it? There’s a lot of talk about female characters and them having agency. What is agency, and how do most writer fail at giving female characters agency? Similarly, what do you think makes a ‘strong female character’? Thank you so much!
1) thank you! 2) GOSH BIG QUESTIONS MONDAY!!!!!!!
so agency is basically the capacity or space to do shit— meaning, power or authority to act and to make one’s own decisions within a story or situation.
for female characters, agency is a big deal because female characters often spend a lot of time being very passive and are acted upon, rather than acting themselves. and if we wanna stroll through i guess the predominant progression of shit, like, in your very traditional sort of folktale, you have a prince or knight or whatever who goes off to rescue a princess in a tower and her role is essentially first to be imprisoned and then to be rescued, after which she is married off to the prince. and we don’t get any of her motives or desires or fears or decisions— she does not make any decisions except for saying yes to the male hero as is expected, nigh demanded by the narrative. and this is a very dominant idea of feminine oppression which dogs feminist discourse— like, we spend most of our time talking about this particular idea of oppression, but only select thin ‘beautiful’ white straight cis women actually get to be princesses in the tower, and that is a form of exclusion and oppression both, but it is also a sort of value and priority which is only given to them, whereas most women are not valued or do not exist either in the stories or in discourse about them.
so then you have, sort of in reaction to the tower narrative, a bunch of stories like I’M NOT A PRINCESS MOTHERFUCKER where the (strong (white straight cis) female character) runs around with a sword or something and goes on an adventure. and those also often have negotiated agency— like, if you look at the hunger games, katniss, who seems like an incredibly powerful character and who does do a ton of shit, also has increasingly fewer choices to make as the series progresses. she’s pushed along by the action and is iirc totally unconscious for most of the climax of the book. i mean that the ways we’ve been taught to think about women’s behavior and choices and role in stories is so much broader and more intricate than just like, does she appear to be physically doing things— but rather, is her perspective respected, are her opinions undervalued or demeaned by the narrative voice, is she given the space to make her own judgments and decisions, does she want things, is she able to get them for herself, is she able to analyze and deal with her own problems herself, do we get to listen to her talk
there’s this SORRY POLITICAL THEORY DORK there’s this idea about positive and negative liberty, such that negative liberty is the absence of limitations and positive liberty is the ability to move within that space— like, even if abortion is legal (negative), if you don’t have an affordable close clinic, or if you have a domestic situation that does not permit you to go to it (positive), you still do not have the liberty to have an abortion
which i mention because i think people writing female characters often super fuck up on positive liberty, like yeah she appears to be able to do all of these things, to go to all of these places, but does she actually have any genuine power or authority in her circumstance or over herself?
so then strong female characters are you know, all kinds of fucked up because people writing them are still almost entirely reacting to this very focalized idea of female oppression and so they are writing characters that are revolutionary or progressive only according to the most widely discussed oppressive tool— the tower— which is the most widely discussed bcs it is about the most privileged women. and so now we have a lot of ideas about what makes women strong and we have a lot of thin beautiful (and yet generally convinced that they are not) white straight cis women you know, holding guns and not being princesses, and yet we do not attend to whether even they have genuine agency
and agency is so complicated!!!! like if you look at even twilight, bella spends most of her time being shepherded and bossed around by various incredibly abusive men who are romantically interested in her, but then she also is able to negotiate for what she wants and gets it, even if what she wants is a very traditionally conservative, constrained lifestyle. so you have both bella claiming her fetus and refusing to let anyone destroy her fetus and bella incapable of doing literally anything until she is turned into a vampire. which is also what she wants. like, shit is complicated, for vampires, i guess.
i don’t know, i’m more about new original female characters, and complex flawed interesting female characters who are wholly their own, and female characters who get what they want because they take it, and female characters who are given genuine narrative space and respect, and female characters who challenge societal expectations and demands which have not yet been explored, oppressions beyond just some girls being princesses because like really
I’M NOT A PRINCESS MOTHERFUCKER is not longer a useful or revolutionary thesis