THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people. —madlori
Modeled on this post. This quote needed a gifset that featured a more diverse group women. Because my takeaway from Lori’s marvelous answer (seriously, go read all of it) is that representation fucking matters and that great female characters do not—and should not—fit into the same cookie cutter mold. Because actual women are not one size fits all. And the irony of having that message cross my dash repeatedly with exclusively young, white, straight, cis women who match a prescriptive definition of beauty was getting to me.
Discovered this music video back when Gwen Stefani did that horrendously racist Native-Appropriation video and it’s rad as all heck. This is how you “pay homage” to culture that isn’t your own, not by doing brownface, you horrid woman. The video is basically just letting this amazing dancer do his fucking thing with a little narrative thrown in that emphasizes his real life and the practice and tradition he’s upholding.