It’s a reblog sort of day, and this. Is. Awesome. (Comments are disabled here to encourage discussion on the original post.)
A few weeks ago, the fabulous Natacha Guyot offered to guest post here and I, of course, said yes. 🙂 We haven’t worked out a date for her first post to run yet, but when we do, you can be sure I will announce it ahead of time, it will be Star Wars-related, and you won’t want to miss it.
Natacha is a French independent researcher, writer and public speaker. She works on Science Fiction, transmedia, gender studies, and fan communities and practices. She is also a vidder, bookworm, fangirl and feminist. She will be writing here about Science Fiction and female characters.
You can find more about her projects, including her upcoming books Women in Science Fiction Television (Scarecrow Press, 2015) and A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars (Self-Published, 2015) at natachaguyot.org.
Natacha and I have been chatting on the Internet for almost a year, and she hosted not just one, but two of the Feminist Friday discussions last year. She’s actually the first person I met through WordPress who offered to guest post here, but we decided to run her Feminist Friday posts at Science Fiction, Transmedia, and Fandom instead.
No Follow Friday on the blog today. Here’s an awesome post Natacha Guyot wrote earlier this week for Quaint Jeremy’s Thoughts.
When I was eight years old, I remember getting a Millenium Falcon toy (which I still have) that was large enough to have quite a few details included inside and not just outside. The day I got it, I also received another gift: one of the volumes from the Yoko Tsuno comic series. It turned out to be the 20th volume, that included not only a time travel story but also bonus drawings with concepts for the previous books. I had no idea when I got sucked up into The Astrologer of Bruges that I would fall in love with this series and that its female protagonist would become one of my greatest inspirations, right up with characters such as Leia Organa and Mara Jade from Star Wars, Jo March from Little Women or Dana Scully from The X-Files.
The Yoko Tsuno series was created…
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I overslept, and I’m still thinking about how to respond to the questions, but do check out Natacha’s post on female characters in children’s programming and think about chiming it.
Even before I discovered the actual term feminism and what it could entails (in good and problematic depending on people’ definition), I was always interested in what it meant to be a girl, what representation of being a girl I saw on television or in books as I grew up. It was always on the back of my mind, even prior to my decision to engage into media studies. I do consider myself a feminist, but in an egalitarian and positive way. I don’t hate men and consider that accepting women as an equal part of the society who deserves same respect is a goal that needs to be attained so we all live in a better world, no matter our gender.
During the past months, I had the chance to read interesting materials that sparked not only my thinking about life in general, but also made me realize of…
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