Top 3 Girl Power Icons

Today’s society has meant it is an exciting time to be a woman. Issues once seen as taboo are now being addressed by wider society, and women are now in a position to stand up for what they believe in and – most importantly –  have those concerns acknowledged and addressed throughout society. Issues that range from the glass ceiling and wage gaps to sexual harassment and gender stereotyping are now being addressed throughout society and steps are now being taken across the globe to have them addressed. With this in mind, there are now powerful and strong female role models to look up to throughout popular culture. So here are a few that have helped to shape the role that women play within society.

Wonder Woman

One of the most iconic women, Wonder Woman has always been a powerful and strong picture of a woman. Throughout comic history she has been one of the main power players in the DC universe and is to this day an iconic image of Girl Power. Her most recent portrayal by Gal Gadot in the 2017 movie received critical acclaim as not only being one of few movies to show women as powerful, fierce warriors instead of sexualised eye candy, as well as being one of the most successful superhero movies of the entire year. This film also highlighted what a difference female directors have compared to their male counterparts: Wonder Woman showed the Amazonian Women as fierce warriors prepared for battle, whereas the Justice League portrayed them as women who go to battle in short shorts and push up bras. Wonder Woman has been, and always will be, one of the key examples of just how strong women can be and just how much influence they can have on the people around them.

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The beautiful ‘princess’ of Rohan, she is introduced in The Two Towers as the deeply saddened and tormented niece of the King of Rohan. While her portrayl in the film is still one of a powerful woman, the book helps cement her as a true hero within the Lord of the Rings books. In the film, she is indeed doe-eyed and love-struck with Aragorn (but then again…what woman could remain cool with Viggo Mortsensen staring at them…we are only human) but even in the film she is determined to fight for what she believes in. She sneaks into the battle at Minas Tirith so that she can finally fight as an equal with her brother and help to protect her family’s honour and her people. She defeats the Witch King. In the film, while she is scared (and rightly so!) she managed to fight him and kill him all while making a brilliant one liner: I am no man. In the book, she is even more of a powerhouse: While she is still infatuated with Aragorn, his unwanted comments about how a woman’s place is away from a battlefield, she does not hesitate in calling out what a sexist ass he is being. She also laughs at the Witch King when he says that no man can kill him, because she is not a man and will smite him no matter how evil he believes himself to be. I mean….damn!

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Arya Stark

It can be hard to pick just one powerful female lead within the Game of Thrones franchise, as George R R Martin makes most (if not all) of his female leads forces to be reckoned with. One of the most endearing of these though is Arya, the youngest daughter of the Stark household. While her sister grows to become a power player throughout the books (and TV series), Arya is consistently badass from the beginning: She is routinely disciplined for wanting to learn sword play rather than sewing patterns and makes her way through the story to become a fierce young warrior cable of even more powerful acts than her male counterparts. Throughout her complicated story arc, she learns how to make her way in a male dominated world and uses her wits to outsmart the majority of her peers at every turn.

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What I learnt from Wonder Woman

So I finally managed it…I made it to the cinema to see Wonder Woman. I won’t do a full review of the film but simply put…WOW. What a film! It was funny, it had Chris Pine (nom nom nom), it had adventure and action, it had romance, and probably most importantly, it had a woman kicking ass throughout the entire film. I didn’t know much about Wonder Woman before I saw this film and now I think I might be obsessed. So I thought I’d write a little article about WHY this film spoke to me as much as it did.

Wonder Woman knew what she wanted…

Wonder Woman, or Diana as she is commonly known, knew what she wanted and went after it. She begged her mother to let her train to become an Amazon soldier, and when she was told no she still took lessons anyway. She went to fight in WW1 because she wanted to help people and wanted to defeat the bad guy to save the lives of man. She didn’t care what it took, what it would cost, nor how she went about achieving these goals, because in the end she knew she was going to succeed, Failing was simply not an option.

Wonder Woman did what was right….

Throughout the film, the over arching concept was that man did not deserve the help of the Gods. Wonder Woman wanted to help man because she knew it was the right thing to do…that she couldn’t sit by and watch people suffering and die simply because the war was not ‘her war’. The film is set in World War One, so naturally women are viewed very differently to how they are in modern society. But no matter how many men laugh at her, ignore her, talk down to her or belittle her, Wonder Woman smiles sweetly and proves them wrong. No, man does not deserve her, but they deserve a chance that she can give them.

But she still understood the appeal of the dark side.

Yes, I mixed fandoms again. As mentioned above, the whole concept of what a person ‘deserves’ is weighted very heavily against what is right. Yes, a man who sees you as just a piece of eye candy deserves a good punch in the face, but the right thing to do is smile sweetly and simply walk away from him. A psychotic mastermind deserves to be flattened by a tank, but it would not be right to simply let them suffer at the hands of an angry God. While this film may take the concept to extremes (as do all good films, let’s be honest) it makes no secret of the fact that Diana understands that there are two sides to that debate…and both have very compelling arguments. In the end, it is what you believe is right that should win out, and that the concept of deserving is a subjective one.

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Wonder Woman is always a lady…

Now I won’t make the argument that Wonder Woman is the first ever strong female lead, because it’s not necessarily true (Ripley, I see you there!), but it is nice to see a woman doing what she thinks is best with absolutely NO expectations of reward. Diana takes no credit for her heroic actions, remaining humble throughout all of the praise that she receives. When people talk down to her she remains composed and calm, meeting their condescension with reason and facts. She speaks her mind in an unapologetic manner, yet without any sarcasm or aggression. She is badass, without being mean. She meets every challenge with grace, elegance and attitude and just becomes more lovely with every new awesome stunt.

In short…she is everything I wish to be

Diana is fearless, brave, strong, and above all else…feminine. She is funny and charming and unapologetic in her quest for what is right, and that is something that I always try to keep at. This film made me want to pick up a comic book and read more about her, but I now see why she has been a symbol of female empowerment for so many years.

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What’s been your newest favourite film? Leave a comment down below and I’ll add it to my To Watch list! 

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T xx

Cosplay or copycat?

We have seen from some of the previous blogs that copyright law steps in when there has been blatant copying of one game in creating another game, but what about taking the characters themselves out of the game and into the real world?

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, and is usually focused on those characters from the Japanese genres of manga or anime. it is a common practice at many comicons that the vast majority of those attending take the opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters, with many conventions now holding competitions for the best look-a-likes.

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A couple cosplaying as Wonder Woman and Batman. Other examples can be seen here

But if you were to dress up as your favorite character, this is not necessarily a cheap feat. If you are really going to do the character justice you need a lot of supplies: clothing, make-up, wigs, weapons, accessories, footwear, extra padding, armour details…the list can go on and on especially if you are trying to recreate a character from comics or video games. Now in the wonderful digital age in which we live, the internet has made all of the above easily accessible. The main question however will be whether or not you can afford to buy it all: If we decided to stick it out with our Dark Knight above, this could set a person back around £250. You’ll look awesome, but probably won’t be able to afford any other clothing for the foreseeable future.

So why not make your own?

I’ll admit it right now: I love a bit of dressing up. Any chance to wear fancy dress and quite frankly I’m sold. However, I am also really, really, really tight-fisted when it comes to my money and so could never justify to myself spending a lot of money on an outfit I’ll most likely only wear once (twice if i’m really lucky!). Creating your own costume is easier and usually cheaper than buying one ready made, especially if you are dressing up for a bit of fun at a convention or as a party troupe. However some of these cosplay competitions are a big deal for those who compete: While cash prizes are rare, the opportunity to win trophies, photography sessions and even meet-and-greet passes with the convention guests, are all big prizes to those fans who compete. In order to win once in a lifetime opportunities such as those awarded at these competitions, your costume must be on point: My Wonder Woman t-shirt, blue skirt and silver bangles will not be enough.

But does making your own count as copyright infringement? In short, no. If you are creating a costume purely for your own enjoyment then it would most likely not be covered by copyright infringement, as you are not causing any financial risk to the original owners. I could take this time to try and explain the implications of design rights within the fashion industry but that would be an entirely new blog post!

What if you made one for a friend?

Now this is where things could potentially be a problem. If you enjoy making the costumes, you may have a friend who asks you to create a costume for them of a particular character as the entire feat is too complicated for them. Based on the financial risk to the original owners, whether this could be copyright infringement rests heavily on whether or not they pay you for the work, and, almost more weighty, is whether this becomes a business for you. If your friend offers to pay you for the materials and time to make the costume, then it could be seen that you are taking money away from the original owner of the character and the costume. While this is extreme, it could become a more pressing issue if you were to do this for lots of friends…so much so that you would say that it is your work and it clearly had a commercial gain to it all.

Final verdict?

When it is clear that your hobby has now become a commercial enterprise, it is probably best to seek a license to use the image from the original owner (such as DC, Marvel or Square Enix for example) in order to protect yourself from a very nasty infringement claim being brought against you. While this may seem like a bit of an effort, it is best to cover your back rather than risk bankrupting yourself over something as minor as a winged cape.

Other than that, craft to your heart’s content my fellow geeks! I shall see you at a convention near you.

T xx