boys still call girls weak but many girls voluntarily pull parts of their own eyebrows off their faces by sheer force on a regular basis who the hell do they think they’re calling weak
#dont even get me started on bikini waxing
dealing with boys.
I wish there was more appreciation for tamorapierce because if y’all people support strong females and you haven’t read her books, you’re missing out. Her books are full of strong female characters who become some of the strongest people in their realms!
Allow me to expand this by adding that not only are they strong female characters, they are strongly written. I, personally, don’t care how strong a character is (male or female) if they are not written well, and Tammy does an amazing job in the creation of her characters.
Alanna, for example, doesn’t only show her strength through becoming a knight. She shows her strength through a continuous struggle of accepting herself as a woman -a struggle that takes all four books to resolve.
Beka did become a legend among the Provost’s dogs -but she also consistently had to deal with being looked down on not only for being female, but for also coming from poverty. Before being taken in by Lord Gershom, Beka and her family were barely scraping by. Beka’s sisters began to look down on her for still caring about and honoring her roots by becoming a Provost’s Dog (not the most glamorous of professions), and by continuing to live in the very area of the city known for the extreme amounts of poverty.
Alianne wasn’t just Alanna’s daughter, and a future spy master for another country. She’s also a female character who knows her sexuality (not relating to orientation) and owns it. She doesn’t hesitate to flirt, and doesn’t feel bad at all about the flirtations she’s had in the past, or the kissing much of it amounted to. Yes, she settles down with a man -but it is a man of her own choosing, who respects her as both a woman and a person, and even while her feelings are developing for him she still owns her sexuality in a way few female characters get to do.
And Daine? She doesn’t just save the kingdom because of her physical (and magical) strength. She saves the kingdom through science. She uses her knowledge of animals to time and again protect the people she cares for. At Pirates Swoop, she used her knowledge of bats and how they map their territories to discover roughly how many soldiers are surrounding them. And she consistently uses her knowledge of animals when she chooses one to turn into, because each animal has an advantage in different situations. How many times in YA lit (or any media) do we get to see girls using and enjoying science?
I refuse to ever sell Tamora Pierce’s works short by only saying she has “strong female characters.” Yes, they are strong; but, most importantly, they are strongly written. Every female character has a depth that is often lacking in YA literature today, with layers that one would find in the real world. That is what makes her books, and her characters, so amazing. You aren’t reading a character’s story; you’re reading the story of a person.
IM GOING TO SCREAM IM IN CLASS AND THESE GIRLS WHO BULLIED ME IN 5TH GRADE ARE WHISPERING AND THEYRE LIKE
"holy shit did she go to our elementary school"
"i dont know if thats her"
"i rly dont think thats her guys"
AND THE TEACHER CALLED MY NAME AND THEY GO
"holy shit shes hot"
L I F E
YOU FUCKING GO IM PROUD OF YOU
OWN IT FOR ALL OF US