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31 January 2013 @ 05:49 pm
because ladies are marvelous  
Ready for halfamoon? It's a celebration of women in fandom that runs from Febrary 1st-14th and I've never yet managed to catch it live. This year I'm working on a batch of Marvel Ladies icons - ladies from the Marvel films, 100 icons so far and I've only covered three films. Um, oops? (I'm having fun. Discovered when iconing screencaps of Peggy in Captain America that when she's being badass with a gun she has red nail polish on, hadn't noticed that before.)

I did do a bunch of Ladies recs for International Woman's Day last year. I feel the urge to do another, either for halfamoon or International Woman's Day again. Because of fics like sugar_fey's Conversation Over Tea and frea_o's The Bechdel Test. And because 'Women Being Awesome' is a tag on AO3 and I love that.

Other ladies things I've spotted recently: there's a multifandom women comment ficathon and a heroinebigbang happening, and I recently read an interesting post from YA author Sarah Rees Brennan on ladies in writing. If that's a bit too rage inducing, try her Real Lady Sleuths post as well or instead - I love that one, and I went back and reread it. Not tempted? Allow me to share two snippets from that:

When World War II started, her friends begged her to come home. Lee Miller instead became a photojournalist and correspondent for Vogue, and thus one of the first female war correspondents of World War II. Her pictures of the concentration camps are famous. In 1945, just after Hitler died and after a long day photographing Dachau, Lee Miller was photographed by the Life magazine correspondent, naked in Hitler’s bathtub, with her combat boots and army uniform beside her.

and

GESTAPO: BRING US NANCY WAKE! THE WHITE MOUSE IS OUR MOST WANTED CRIMINAL! WE WILL GIVE YOU FIVE MILLION FRANCS!
FRANCE: That is like twice as much as you’d pay for any of the dudes.
GESTAPO: Seems about right.
 
 
 
Frea O'Scanlin: Maria Hillfrea_o on January 31st, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
1) Oh, a community that celebrates women for being awesome and women and **immediately joins**! Thanks for the head's up. I'm still learning my way around here.

2) Lee Miller sounds like she should be my hero. She can keep Amelia Earhart, who has been my hero for twenty years now, company.

3) I signed up for heroinebigbang but I'm not sure I'm writing in the Avengers fandom for it. :)

4) I'm flattered that you like The Bechdel Test so much! **blushes** Man, I had no idea that fic would have the impact it did. I wrote it one morning when I had a headache, and it was only a comment fic.
inkvoices: avengers:agent mariainkvoices on January 31st, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
This is the first year where I've been aware of halfamoon before the February fun starts. It's definitely something that needs to be shouted about :)

Did you read it? That photograph of her is actually in that post <3

I'm really tempted to sign up, but I don't know if it'll encourage or discourage me, and the sign-ups are open for a while, so I'm procrastinating. I have a few stories I want to write that'd fit the criteria though.

It's unsual to find a feminist fic that takes the mick whilst actually being funny and making good points. It's in my bookmarks on AO3 and if I do a ladies rec list it is definitely going on that.
Frea O'Scanlin: Dancingfrea_o on January 31st, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't read all of it but I will when I get home and have a little more focus, I promise. If you do sign up, we can be like jogging partners and nag at each other to finish the fics! 15k minimum should be fun. Muhaha.

So "takes the mick" is a phrase I did not understand at all the first time I saw it (which was in Harry Potter), but now that I do, I'm kind of beside myself with pride that somebody used it to describe part of one of my stories. *sage nod*
inkvoices: avengers:sjohanasson thinky grininkvoices on February 2nd, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
I am not very good at being a nagging partner :( I get absorbed into the other person's thinky thoughts, or if I get behind on mine I feel guilty about nagging the other person and fail to nag. Encouragement for encouragement's sake I can do though :)

Heh, taking the mick/mickey, naff, and mithering are all things I've been ? at over online *grins*. My word learned from Harry Potter? Alas. I am the only person my friends know who uses it in texts, heh.
Lady Mercury: Batgirlladymercury_10 on January 31st, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the heads-up re: halfamoon. How does it work?

rarewomen, which is a 1k gift fic exchange kinda like yuletide but for rare ladies rather than rare fandoms, is just getting ready to start noms for the year.

Your Kaylee icon is TOO ADORABLE, btw. Did you make it? :)
inkvoices: F:kaylee smileinkvoices on February 2nd, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
As far as I'm aware, basically share all the things with a focus on ladies in fandoms :)

I spotted rarewomen, but like with yuletide, I got hugely confused as to what was going on and who I could write about, and ran away :S

That one's from sunrise_glance, I loved it and had to steal it :D And thanks for the compliment :D
Lady Mercuryladymercury_10 on February 2nd, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Sounds fun!

Yeah, rarewomen is confusing. I think I have it sufficiently sussed to be able to sign up, but man was I lost at the beginning. I think the gist is that you get 5 noms per fandom in 5 fandoms, your lady needs < 500 complete fics on the AO3 to be rare, and when you request/offer, you will do 3-4 fandoms, with 2 women from the tagset per fandom. I THINK.

Ooh, I will have to go take a look at their icons, then!
Astridastridv on January 31st, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm exited about halfamoon. I don't have time to create something but I'm thinking of making a themed recs list and maybe crosspost some art if that's not against the rules. Gotta check, but I think the content doesn't have to be brand new...
inkvoices: avengers:natashainkvoices on February 2nd, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
I don't think it has to be new content either, and YAY, RECS! Yeah, realised that unless I cut down on the number of icons I'm making here or the number of films that I want to cover then this batch is never gonna get done *head desk*.
A completely happy writer: Marvel - Steve/Peggylar_laughs on February 1st, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
Did you happen to icon the red nails? Because I have feels about that image (as I didn't realize it until you mentioned it but OF COURSE she would have a decent manicure) and maybe I'll get something created in time.
inkvoices: avengers:agent mariainkvoices on February 2nd, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
I iconned, but I don't think they show up. Will try to do a close-up. I didn't really notice until I properly started looking, but there she is in full uniform, and she has painted nails and make-up, and she can still be in charge of things <3