Agent Carter Season 2: Feminism and Women’s Choice

Happy International Women’s Day! What better to celebrate than by discussing awesome female characters?

It’s been a week since Agent Carter wrapped Season 2. While Agent Carter’s second season garnered both applause and criticism from fans, there were certain discrepancies in the fandom reactions that I found a little surprising.

Namely, reactions to Peggy’s origin story in 2×04 “Smoke and Mirrors,” Ana Jarvis’s fate and character reactions to it in 2×08-09, “The Edge of Mystery” and “A Little Song and Dance”, and the general love triangles seen throughout this season in the form of Jason/Peggy/Sousa and Peggy/Sousa/Violet. A lot of the negative reactions had to do with how… not-so-feminist the writing choices were perceived to be, for a show that claims to be so.

I gave this some immense thought, and I think there is an alternative way at looking at these plot choices that does fall in line with the feminist aims of the show. Namely, the fact that these all come down to a question of choice for the characters.

Choice is the key word here. Because the conversation about feminism should always be about choice, making sure all women and men of all types can choose the lives they want and have access to the resources that would make it possible with enough work.

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Image: Peggy says “Now, I go to work,” hair tossing behind her as she gets in vehicle. Source.

The following contains spoilers for Agent Carter Season 2

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What to Marathon When You’re Stuck Inside: 2016 Edition!

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Snowed in this weekend? Sick with whatever’s going around school/the office? Just received one of those miraculous days where you have nothing to do and nowhere to be? Unless you have a great book to curl up with (or, y’know, homework), sounds like you need something to marathon!  Read more

Moving Pictures: A Brief Reflection on the Oscars Opening

The annual Oscars have come and gone, and this year I actually saw more than a few of the nominees (probably because I wasn’t, y’know, studying my butt off as was the norm up until now).

There were a lot of really great moments at Sunday night’s ceremony. But of course, grabbing attention from the get go is important, and what would a Neil Patrick Harris-hosted event be without a dynamite opening number?

Penned by the composer and lyricist of Frozen, I found the song very intriguing given the cultural environment that surrounded this year’s Oscars. I won’t go into detail on all that, as there are others who have stated it better and more passionately than I could.

And also, it is interesting to reflect on the song after having seen the whole ceremony, because so many of this year’s acceptance speeches ended up talking about films as representative of issues that wouldn’t otherwise be talked about. That films even have a responsibility to be socially aware and advocate on behalf of others, and to do it right.  And on many levels, I so agree with all of that! All kinds of storytelling invite us to empathize with people in situations unfamiliar to us, and that is part of what makes them so important.

But… what about when we realize that a story we love is problematic? 

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What to Marathon When You’re Stuck Inside

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Snowed in (as much of the East Coast will be when this post goes up)? Sick with whatever’s going around school/the office? Just received one of those miraculous days where you have nothing to do and nowhere to be? Unless you have a great book to curl up with (or, y’know, homework), sounds like you need something to marathon!  Read more

Agent Peggy Carter & Sarah Jane Smith: So Awesome They Got Their Own Show (Pt. 2)

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Last week, we started exploring the similarities between Marvel’s Peggy Carter and Doctor Who‘s Sarah Jane Smith, in terms of their roles as supporting and leading ladies.

This week, I’d like to continue this exploration by going into what makes these characters tick. What is it that we love about these characters so much? I confess, it is hard to put into words (and even harder to find evidence in video or gif form). But finally, I think these words best sum it up: 

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Maria, there are two types of people in the world. Those who panic, and then there’s us. – Sarah Jane Smith, “Invasion of the Bane.”

 And then there’s Peggy Carter and Sarah Jane Smith. Bold and intrepid, they face danger unflinchingly, doing what must be done to save others. Where others may panic, they stay calm and figure a way of the situation. This, ultimately, is what makes them valuable both as supporting characters and as leads.

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