Giving of Thanks, Nerd Version

Hello there! It’s that time of year here in the United States–Thanksgiving. A lot of friends and family are talking about gratitude this week and that is a Big Good Thing. In my own fashion, I have some geeky thanks to give. While nerdy hobbies, pop culture and TV and movies may not seem important, I have to argue, THEY ARE IMPORTANT. And here is why: they reflect our cultural values in so many ways. That’s why this Thanksgiving, I’m happy to give thanks for some awesome new trends, new franchises, and win that I’ve seen in the last couple of years for women.

17beb6af09c5156fec050a269dd82b55I’m thankful for remarkable, problematic, beautiful, badass, interesting, complex women leads in movies and TV. Imperator Furiosa–an amputee, a suvivor, a goddess. Mad Max: Fury Road was a gift to me–absurd and beautifully over the top, and so much YES. I mean, look at her!

And she wasn’t the only one. There were so many powerful women in that movie.

I’m thankful for the gift of Peggy Carter. I know I’ve blogged about her in the past, but it warrants saying again–she is amazing. Strong, yes. Flawed? Sure. But she is a tumblr_nhsls8j8xd1qzuwh0o1_500-daniel-from-agent-carter-is-either-a-time-lord-or-a-time-lordfighter in ways that are hard to easily quantify. She shapes the world The Avengers later inhabit, and is a huge reason Steve Rogers is the man he is. And she does it all with such impeccable style. Peggy, I love you. I’m not afraid to say it.

I’m thankful for a reason to read comics. Even better, for a reason to build a Comixology backlog that is rivalling my Steam backlog. Series that give me characters like the bawdy, badass, sarcastically delicious ladies of Rat Queens, the crazywack world of Bitch Planet, the delightful and odd Lumberjanes, and the many ladies of Marvel.

I’m looking at you, Kamala Khan–a Muslim heroine nerdgirl/fangirl and all-around loveable and believable character, Ms. Marvel brings something to the world that I wish so hard I’d had when I was younger, but am glad to see out there now. I hear Captain Marvel’s recent stuff is to die for and I’m sad the movie was pushed back, but hopeful it will gain traction. I honestly think that Kelly Sue DeConnick is actually a story goddess sent to bring all of the denizens of earth fantastic, incomparable narratives about women who are both real and bigger than life.

Kamala-KhanI’m thankful for a huge surge of interest in popular science and in astronomy thanks to the Mars Rover excitement, and movies like The Martian, which is a happy place for me. I’m thankful for a renewed sense of wonder in looking at our place in the cosmos as beautifully summed up in a 2014 short film by Erik Wernquist.

I’m thankful to save the universe as a female Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series and though yes, that is old news, I’m SUPER excited-thankful to see the franchise continue, Fem-Shep’s voice narrating a message to explorers (a seed ship, maybe?) in a stunningly gorgeous trailer for the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda game. I’m thankful that there are so many more games that feature wonderful women characters–heck, the female crusader avatar from Diablo III made it into Blizzard’s popular Heroes of the Storm (Johanna is a badass). And have you seen the recent version of Lara Croft? She’s fantastic (watched hubby play through Tomb Raider, and Rise of the Tomb Raider looks to be a winner, too).

And finally, don’t even get me started on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and how much hope and preemptive thankfulness I have for that movie. My feelings are best summed up by John Boyega’s reaction to watching the trailer he was featured in–pure joy.

So yes, I am thankful–thankful to see such awesome things brewing in popular culture, thankful to hold hope that it will just get better and better in the coming days. <3