It’s Femme Friday! I normally reserve my list making for Top Ten Tuesdays, but I couldn’t help myself. I had just read a few books that made my heart flutter and wanted to share those moments along with some other great ones from throughout the year.
I’m not one to flat out call a book feminist because there can be a bit of a hard line and I wouldn’t want non-feminists to not read it simply because they don’t get what I mean. To explain, moments that “make my little feminist heart flutter” are breaking down tropes that are harmful to or misrepresentative of groups, bringing in aspects of groups that are less known or not normally publicized, particularly intersectional, or some form of female awesomeness.
I actually made two lists because there were some great moments in books and some great moments in comics and they shouldn’t have to share space.
The Darkest Part of the Forest – there were just all kinds of little things in this story in the way the brother’s homosexuality plays into the story (but not in a creepy or derogatory way) that I just loved.
Nirzona – Firdaus is a feminist in the story and I love her discussions with Sidan, but I especially love her way of dealing with heartbreak.
No Time for Tears – it celebrates what it means to be sisters and different from each other.
Another Brooklyn – honest about female friendships in a way that still celebrates them.
Paper Towns – breaking down the MPDG
The Girl Who Chased the Moon – one of the MC’s had troubled teenage years that involved teen pregnancy and cutting, and her part of the story focuses on long term effects of these experiences all those years later.
The Last Good Girl – the focus on rape and rape culture and the way rape cases are treated by everyone. it was an angry flutter, but a flutter nonetheless.
The Tale of Yin – an entirely new way to think of marriage possibilities with women and men as polygamists instead of just men, with different kinds of combinations where a woman is married to two men or a man and a woman or the three are all married to each other and they all share the bed together. so many more possibilities out there.
Finishing School series – using Victorian tropes and being a proper lady as spy techniques and ways to kill people.
Fairest – okay, she’s a villain and she’s a woman and she’s heartbroken but the heartbreak isn’t what did it and that’s what makes her different. Her first crimes were the constant sexual assault of her partner. While this is nothing to be proud of, but that feminist part of my heart fluttered because she’s a female rapist while many in our society deny the existence of female rapists and male victims. It completely calls out the idea that women are incapable of committing this crime and reminds us that women are capable of awful things and that gender does not ensure whether you will be a victim or a perpetrator. Granted, I don’t expect a woman to use mind-control to do it just yet, there are other forms of coercion and abuse that still apply.
Spider-Woman – pregnant and kicking ass. Gonna raise a baby on her own. Getting it done..
Spider-Women – Spider-Woman mentoring the new, young superheroes! I’ve seen so much on the importance of mentoring and I love that it’s right there in the comic too. I also really love Silk and loved that she was one of the young superheroes being mentored!
Ms. Marvel – just everything. WOC superhero who is a geek and fangirls when she teams up and is awesome on her own with a comic that even looks at her culture so much that her costume is even made from a burkini.
Mockingbird – yes, it’s very white feminist, there’s no diversity and that aspect isn’t even brought up, it’s glossed right over and I completely recognize that. That said, the part where she goes into how she thought superheroes had to be male for the longest time was great. I wish it included that they had to be male and white and that she had only half or something along those lines that acknowledges her level of privilege while discussing the inequality she does deal with. But it was still fun to read.
Lumberjanes – um, everything. Just go get it or find a spot to read it at the library or something, but seriously. It’s fantastic in just about every way.
Princeless – again with everything being just awesome. The only thing that keeps me from recommending it more is that women (or diversity bloggers) that tend to be the ones looker for comics like this in my limited experience so far (as in the people who have asked for recommendations) tend to want one that isn’t written by a white male which this one is. He’s pretty awesome at this though, and has created this wonderful story about the Princess saving herself and setting on a mission to save the other locked up princesses and do away with the reckless idea that princes must win their wives by destroying dragons. But really, it’s the scene where she gets her armor that I fell the most in love with. Pick it up, even if you’re mostly interested in women or POC written comics, you’ll still love it.
Suffrajitsu – celebrating the movement and female friendships and general womanly awesomeness.
S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary Agent Carter – Agent Peggy Carter and Lady Sif in one comic, helping each other out, need I say more?
Thor– facing the backlash of a woman daring to hold Mjolnir plus the epic female army that goes to “stand with” Thor while she beats the Destroyer and where the original Thor, now called Prince Odinson, brought them in a show of support for her worthiness over him and is even called her sidekick, all while he just really wants to know who she is.
Did anyone else have reading moments that made the feminist or intersectional part of their heart flutter, whether for happy or upsetting reasons?