“Empowered” and “sexy” are not universally synonymous. That a woman is not a sex kitten does not mean that she’s any less comfortable or empowered or any of that stuff. See above, re: not a homogenous demographic. Stop making sexiness a universal demand. Let some characters be unsexy. And for f*ck’s sake, please, please stop drawing women who are injured, or dead, or being tortured, or punching bad guys, in sex-kitten pin-up poses. That is bad visual storytelling, and it is INCREDIBLY creepy. Let women be heroes for the sake of heroism. Women don’t have to be damaged or traumatized to be strong, or to want to make a difference. Corollary: Dropping rape into a backstory is not a panacea for making a female character complex and gritty.
Imagine you have a daughter. Imagine the kind of women you’d like her to want to grow up to be. Write them. Write women you’d want to be friends — really good friends — with. Write women you’d get in arguments with. Write women you’d be legitimately scared of. Write women like your mom, like your aunts, like your wife, like your friends, like your nieces and nephews and daughters and bosses and friends. We are not aliens… This, too, goes back to “doing things.” A lot of the time, male characters act, and female characters are acted upon. Let female characters make difficult choices — and sometimes choose wrong — and have struggles and the same real victories. Because without those things, they’re not characters; they’re just window dressing.
“So many modern women who eschew marriage or just do not set a priority on getting married and having kids are accused of trying to be men. That is NOT TRUE. They follow another drummer, a female drummer who loves the challenges of trying to uphold civilization with laws, industry, education and high-quality craftwork. Oh, and olive trees.”—Milky Way Astrology on Athena (via hocogawizard)
I’ve been doing a lot of meditation lately, specifically on my personal life path and what I’m going to do once I finish this degree. I think I want to get seriously into yoga. My unconscious keeps telling me that I need to become a teacher. This make me seriously excited for the future. Okay, let’s see where this goes!
This week’s main event stars love goddess Venus as the Queen of the Underworld. Venus enters Scorpio late Saturday evening at the head of the pack – shortly to be followed by Mercury and the Sun later this month. Although the loving and gentle nature of Venus seems ill-suited to the intensity of Scorpio, her transit through this sign adds a new depth to our understanding of love and what it means to be in integrity especially where our finances and relationships are concerned.
She’s not one to be taken in by superficial looks and insincere words. Venus in Scorpio is looking for nothing less than devotion, faithfulness and personal transformation. She takes love and relationship veeeerrrrrrryyyy seriously. My favorite cliché about Venus in Scorpio comes from a greeting card. Here’s what it says. ‘If you cheat on me, of course I will still love you…I will also miss you.’ And don’t doubt it for a minute. Scorpio is an emotional water sign with vast resources of introspection and understanding. Their ability to spot dishonesty is legendary and they don’t take kindly to being duped. There is a reason Scorpio is associated with both passion and revenge. Love under the influence of Scorpio is a wild and wonderful ride you will never forget.
In general, planetary activity is light this week. This will give us an opportunity to pay more attention to the Moon cycles. The week starts off with an independent Moon in Capricorn. Working hard toward your goals will net a big payoff in self-confidence and maybe improved reputation. We’ll all be better off if we choose activities that make us feel accomplished rather than choosing what we think will please others. Looking for validation outside ourselves is a slippery slope that never ends well.
Midweek, we are under the influence of an eccentric and rebellious Moon in Aquarius. Watch for increased agitation and disgruntlement. Before pointing the finger at someone else, review your own ‘stuff’. Have you been narrow minded? Been looking at the world through an outdated or narrow lens? Have you lost your curiosity? This kick-ass energy will help us identify where we need to be rebels and where we need to align with worthwhile ideas.
The weekend brings an unfocused and dreamy Pisces Moon in a void of course pattern that lasts from Saturday morning all the way through early Monday morning. Although it is sometimes hard to feel very productive under this influence, it’s creative and fertile energy for artists and generally favorable for relaxation, healing, forgiveness, planning and connecting with your divine source. The weekend is punctuated by thinking Mercury making clever connections with both Pluto and Mars. This will add interest to conversations but also inspiration to writing and creativity.