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Half a Moon is a fourteen day multifandom challenge celebrating female characters, which will run from February 1 through Valentine’s Day.

We have some really cool stuff planned like a Friending meme, daily prompt posts, a rec meme, a podfic anthology...

Halfamoon is on Livejournal, Dreamwidth and Tumblr.

Hope to see you there!

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[community profile] purimgifts (also [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts and [tumblr.com profile] purimgifts is a pan-fandom fannish exchange celebrating characters who are at least one of women, Jewish or persecuted by evil viziers. Participants exchange three short fannish works, which may be text-fic, podfic or a mixture of both; there's also a small art component.

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The Annual Femslash Kink Meme 2015 is Coming!

Dates:
Prompts: Begin 11:59PM, EST November 24th and end 11:59PM, EST November 27th.
Fills: Begin 12:01AM, EST November 28th.
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I got the chance a few days ago to enjoy an episode of EQ, and Shadowplay was next up on my rewatch-Control-episodes list. I didn't remember it very well; he's not in it much. I had forgotten how awesome Sgt. Alice Shephard is in it.

(Season 3, episode 8, aired 11/11/1997, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0572581/ for the imdb page).

Shadowplay is an Oliver North type episode. Andrew Banks has the Ollie North role. He's testifying in a hearing and stonewalling and lying all the way. Turns out Sgt. Shephard is also Banks' friend. She notices when his police protection is pulled, and raises heck about it, both onscreen and off. She defends herself and him when the bullets start flying, though there is a bit of damsel-in-distress. She stays cool under fire, and tries to get him to reconsider, as do a few others. They seem to lean towards a relationship, but she never loses her head over him, and by the end, she's not heartbroken. She's realistic, and unfortunately, he fulfills her expectations.

She's not a stereotype.

Shadowplay isn't Shephard's only appearance, but it's the one I remember seeing her the most. I'll probably add to this when I watch her other appearances. Ms. Redding also worked as a major guest star on the show as a reporter, in the episode "Pretenders." She was great there as well, but I like her as Alice the most.


Theresa
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An Image of the team from Madoka Majika.  It has the words Ladiesbingo, for Any Kind of Relationship between Women and the url ladiesbingo.dreamwidth.org superimposed over it


Link: Ladies' Bingo Round 2015-2016 (Round 3) Sign-ups

Event Description: [community profile] ladiesbingo is a bingo challenge for creative works about the relationships between women. It runs for seven months (from September until March).

The motivation behind the community is to encourage people to make creative works focused on female characters and their relationships.

Round 3 (2015-2016) is now open.

Important Dates:
Sign-ups Open: September 1st 2015
Posting: September 1st 2015 - March 31st 2016
Amnesty: April 1st 2016 - August 31st 2016
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Title: Interregnum
Author: abi z. / [personal profile] azephirin
Fandom: MCU/Daredevil
Pairing: Natasha/Matt
Summary: [A] period of freedom from some authority....A breach of continuity; an interval, pause, vacant space.
Rating: NC-17
Word count: ~4500
Author's note: Set very shortly after Captain America: The Winter Soldier (but with spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron) and at some unidentified future point in Daredevil.

AO3 ++ || ++ DW
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Probably showing my age , but thinking this morning about the two secretaries on the original Hawaii Five-O, May and Jenny. They were awesome, though I connect more with May than with Jenny. Imagine having to ride herd on all those men, especially Steve McGarrett.

Much of the time, secretaries and administrators, etc. are forgotten or just stock characters. One of my few arguments with Battle Creek is the Milt-hungry coroner. in the last episode, one of the detectives was trying out an idea on her, and all she really cared about was seeing Milt. Not a good representation, in my opinion. When you actually stop and think about them, the secretaries, etc. are just as important as the active characters - can't have one without the other.



Thereas
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Half a Moon is a fourteen day multifandom challenge celebrating female characters, which will run from February 1 through Valentine’s Day.

We have some really cool stuff planned like a Friending meme, daily prompt posts, a rec meme, a podfic anthology...

Halfamoon is on Livejournal, Dreamwidth and Tumblr.

Hope to see you participate!
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Like writing about women? Awesome. Come join us at [community profile] purimgifts!


A multifandom ficlet/art exchange focusing on female or Jewish characters,
and also some evil viziers.
Sign ups end on January 17!
Rules, FAQs, and sign ups here!
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This episode on Maidens:

~ Shelly and Roie explore the Hidden Lake, and uncover a startling discovery
~ Neri attempts to interview Uzi, but he’s let Karnit bribe him with pastries into letting her come, and…
- ...Karnit is only more convinced Maya was just a disturbed kid
+ Ruthie is still awesome, in case anyone wondered
~ What’s up with Yinon and Liezer, anyway?
+ Noam makes some distressing statements, and Grandpa Uzi is very concerned...
~ Shelly and Roie’s discovery rattled someone’s cage, but in a good or a bad way?

Other notes.
~ Ramon Prison, which Shelly and Roie visit in this episode, is situated near Mitzpe Ramon. That puts it some 150km/2hr from Eilat.
~ Something which would be implicit to Israeli viewers but not necessarily obvious to outsiders it the situation of the Sawaed family. As a (Bedouin) Arab, Amir Sawaed volunteered for enlistment - he had no duty of draft. Bedouins do that to make a living, and in hopes of improving their community's standing to the wider (Jewish) Israeli society. The second consideration... doesn't work out: the Bedouins may well be the most marginalized group in Israel. Moreover, the Sawaed family would've been open to violence from their community due to Amir's choice to enlist. This makes Amir's apparent abandonment by the military all the more bitter. The story presented in this episode? National headlines.

Content advisory.
~ A snake (nothing happens to anybody)
~ Karnit and the school counselor are horrible; adult women dismissing teenaged girls (and teenagers in general)
~ Self-inflicted violence (sharp blade, not life threatening) in the last scene (at Ramon Prison)

Streaming: here.
Download: directions for FF here, a similar solution for Chrome should exist.
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This week on Maidens:

+ Neither Uzi nor his daughters have any fucks to give about societal expectations; Neri, Karnit and Roie are all quite exasperated with that.
+ Ruthie continues to be the absolute best
+ Roie continues to aid and abet Shelly
+ The Complicatedness of Elinor, Maya and Shelly takes front-and-center.

Other notes.
~ Amir Sawaed's story is based off the documentary Dolphin Boy
+ Maya's involvement with Amir was... the sort of a thing that would've opened either of them to significant violence. Most mixed relationships get through without such violence, but it's always on the table. Neutral-to-positive depiction of that relationship is... not obvious
+ It contributes to what seems to be characterization of Uzi and his daughters as Leftist. Portraying an entire Mizrachi family as Leftist flies in the face of every last stereotype. Letting a family from an Arab-speaking background people (Rejwan is an Iraqi name, and Uzi and Ruthie are shown speaking Arabic between them) in fiction keep this background and be positive about and proud of it is a relatively new phenomenon and a Big Damn Deal (it's politically loaded like whoa). Having this family be anti-racist because of their cultural Arab-ness is radical politics. (Bonus points: Sasson Gabai, who portrayed Uzi, is an Iraqi Jew and was born in Baghdad.)
~ Amir's sister has a name, given in the credits; her name is Raniyah.

Content advisory.
~ Preparing a body for burial (female nudity, soft focus, respectfully done)
~ Roie and Shelly’s vocab
~ Drug use (weed) and sexual behavior (kissing, groping) between a married couple and another man in a domestic setting; seems to be established
~ Discussion of past hard drug use of 15yr old teens
~ Sexism and ablism: one man character (Yinon) consistently uses “crazy” and similar words to dismiss the opinions of several women, his wife included

Streaming: here.
Download: directions for FF here, a similar solution for Chrome should exist.
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This week on Maidens:

~ Complicated face-off including Shelly, Hefetz, Oggy, several guns and a camel
~ Just because Neri is actually trying to protect Shelly doesn’t mean he’s going to let her get away with shit
~ We find out what Roie is really doing in Eilat
+ La’tai finds Phillipus an appropriate translator (the translator and La'tai's best friend: both women)
+ And Shelly might have some siren in her after all...

Content advisory.
~ Resolution of the situation with Oggy, compliant with the show's line of "The easy suspect is rarely the right supect". Oggy very much presented as an adult, complex person who is loved by his family the way he is, but this sequence (nearly 15min long) may still be difficult to negotiate.
~ The show continues to deal directly and honestly with the vulnerability of refugees, and their extortion by both traffickers or police. (Characters who are refugees are very much presented as their own persons with their own agendas and identities other than "refugee".) Mentions of trafficking and the torture camps in Sinai.
~ There’s an unmistakable sex scene; no genitalia shown (primary or secondary), equal amounts of male and female skin, and some really unmistakable body language and facial expressions. Also kink, under cut because spoilery. )

Streaming: here.
Download: directions for FF here, a similar solution for Chrome should exist.
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Morning :)

I'm sure everyone/s familiar with the Women in Refrigerators idea, where a woman is tortured/harmed/threatened etc. to further a man's story. Has anyone read/seen a story where she is harmed because of him, he does rescue her, and yet it ends up propelling them both along? She gets revenge as well as he does, for example.

I went to a Hobbit marathon yesterday, saw Battle of the Armies for the first time. While I would have liked to see the younger actresses take a more aggressive part , there were at least three actresses who did, two of them main characters.

For some reason, this started me thinking about part of a story I wrote years ago that is WiR themed - she is tortured and dumped, and so he goes after her torturers. I do want to use this eventually; he very rarely shows emotion and he does in these scenes. Yet I know better now than to fall too far into a WiR scenario. But I'm iffy on how. Plotting is not my strong point. .

If I can get some ideas from reading, I'd have something for my brain to mull over until I'm prepared to dig up that story.

I may have to combine it with other bits and pieces, but I have enough on my plate that I've planned to be written first.

Thanks
Theresa
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This week on Maidens:

- Karnit has a really bad attitude for investigating the putative stalking, harassment and murder of a 15yr old girl
+ Ruthie is pretty wonderful with her brother's family and his daughter in particular
+ Translator lady is back! Her name is La'tai and she's awesome.
+ Shelly and Elinor hug, share a beer, and talk
~ Shelly confronts Hefetz; we meet his wife and son, and they have their secrets, too
~ The mystery around Noam intensifies...

(This episode is so, so much with the relationships between women. Sometimes friendly and sometimes antagonistic, sometimes caring and sometimes horrible, but always their own persons with their own agendas and priorities and histories. Also love the age range: we've got a little girl, 3 30-somethings, 2 ~40yr and 2 ~60yr olds.)

Content advisory. See above on Karnit's behavior. Caution advised for anyone with history regarding male-on-female sexual abuse (specifically of teenagers) and domestic abuse: the entire Hefetz family (his first name is apparently Menachem) are being Creepy and Disturbing. Caution also advised for a potentially upsetting depiction of a mentally disabled person. Spoilers under cut. ) And lastly, between Shelly's street-rat vocab and resident racist Vlad, both the c-word and the n-words appear.

Israeli note. Something that really stood out to me and I'm not sure how noticeable it'll be to persons not familiar with the way ethnicities work in Israel, is that the confrontation between Karnit and Shelly (specifically early in this episode) is a lot about them being Mizrachi women in a society where the privileged group are Ashkenazi men. There's specific language in Israeli vernacular to insult Mizrachi women as such, denigrating them as trashy, dramatic bimbos. If you think that's a pervasive perception used to belittle and dismiss the voices of Mizrachi women, you're correct. It's significantly less bad now, but it was probably absolutely horrible to Karnit as a younger woman. Karnit is coming across as someone who'd had to adapt in painful ways in order to earn her place (and who's showing the damages for that); Shelly insists on being accepted the way she is. (There's interesting meta with the Complicatedness of Elinor and Maya as depicted in this episode, but I digress.)

Streaming: here
How to download in Firefox here; a similar solution should exist for Chrome.

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Dec. 9th, 2014 07:18 pm
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This week on Maidens:

+ Shelly tracks Hefetz, with Roie’s help
+ Karnit is HBIC, including of her boss
+ Elinor pings my bi-dar
~ Everybody in Eilat is a gossip
+ Uzi’s sister Ruthie got on the first plane from Sweden
~ And something may be up with Shelly and Haim’s daughter, Noam...

Content advisory: not any, unless two idiots walking into a minefield count.

Israeli notes. This episode told us quite a bit about Roie, but this was all in code and likely inaccessible to non-Israelis. See under the cut. Otherwise, Karnit suggests she’s originally from Tiberias (which will likely not play in the story) and no, really, Eilat really is this tiny and gossipy, if not worse.

Streaming: here
How to download in Firefox here; a similar solution should exist for Chrome.

So about Roie. )
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Today I'm here to promote a show. Anybody want a show about a female police officer, with a good marriage, a child and solid friendships with other women, working to solve the (supernatural) mystery of her sister's disappearance, and older men be damned? For bonus points, the cast is overwhelmingly non-White.

If so, then I got a show for you.

When a woman’s body is found in the mountains above sleepy resort town Eilat, it turns out to be the body of Maya Rajouan, sister of local Foreigners Dept. officer, Shelly Rajouan (Maggie Azarzer). Maya has been missing-presumed-dead for 17 years, but she’s only just died, no signs of violence or maltreatment on her body. Investigating Maya Rajouan’s death are Shelly’s commander Neri (Moris Cohen) and his right hand, Major Crimes detective Karnit (Rotem Abouhab) - who is also involved in another case of Shelly’s: the mysterious drowning of three asylum seekers and even more mysterious survival of a fourth.

But neither case may be what it seems to. Shelly smells a mystery. Assisting Shelly are rookie officer Roy (Roy Nick), a recent transfer from Tel Aviv; her husband Haim (Tzahi Halevi); and the childhood best friend of Maya and her, Elinor (Efrat Dor). Shelly is determined to find out the truth, and she isn’t going to let anyone stop her: whether her fellow cops, her father Uzi (Sasson Gabai) or his best friend Hefetz (Alon Aboutboul).

+ All the women (primarily ages 30-40)
+ Relationships between women
+ Good marriages
+ Predominantly non-White cast
+ Low likelihood of gore and express violence
+ Takes on issue of race and immigration; first episode is grounds for cautious optimism

So far only one episode came out, but it looks real good and both the production house and the creators have good reputaitons. The cast's kickass - lots of big-name actors, and the creators very cheerfully say they let their lead have the final say on people cast as her character's family and friends.

As you may have figured out by now, the show's not in English - but that's what fansubs are for. You can find the first episode here (link), streaming. (Stream can be downloaded with the appropriate browser extensions.) Expected run is 9-10 episodes.
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Title: Who Fights with Monsters
Author: Hagar
Length: 19.7k words
Characters: Jordan McKee, Eleanor Carr, Dwight Hendrickson, Lizzie Hendrickson, Original Characters
Rating: M
Content Advisory: mentions of sexual violence, male-on-female; suicide, teen female; hate crime and social violence; physical violence and vigilantism, female-on-male; higher-res advisory available in notes of the linked fic, and you can always ask me for extra details.
Summary: In summer 2004, Jordan brought a Troubled girl home to Haven. In summer 2005, she buried her.

Link: Who Fights with Monsters

Notes. Or: everything you need to know about Haven in a paragraph in a half, where the show seriously fucked up with Jordan McKee and with women in paramilitary organizations, and how this fic goes about that. )
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