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There were funny, smart and thought provoking shows in the late 80s, early 90s that introduced girls to iconic feminist characters, and what it meant to be a teenager/woman in America almost twenty years ago.

Pepper Ann Pearson in Pepper Ann, too cool to be twelve.pepperannlogo

How do I even begin? Pepper Ann was a feminist ahead of her time. She was never afraid to speak her mind, had a badass single mother, and a little sister who wasn’t afraid to defy female gender stereotypes. More importantly, Pepper Ann imagined herself a very tough warrior and was in real life while facing moral dilemmas.

Helga G. Pataki in Hey Arnold!

tumblr_myke36otds1sieiueo1_500 Helga was classified as tough, bossy and cynical. However, she’s also a genius when it comes to academics. More importantly she is very ambitious despite her almost obsessive love for Arnold. There’s even a dream sequence where she imagines herself the president of the United States with Arnold at her side as first gentleman. If this isn’t #GirlBoss then what are we to aspire to?

Miss Grotke in Recess

 3If there was ever a badass teacher in the classroom that was certainly Miss Grotke every time she called out white misogyny in History. Class assignments were close to something you find at a college level rather than a 4th grade classroom. She also never failed to recognize women who contributed to our society.

Buffy Summers in Buffy The Vampire Slayer

buffy-the-vampire-slayerBuffy Summers showed us that even pint sized girls can be strong in the face of adversity. More importantly she wasn’t afraid of being vulnerable, and she was the Chosen One. You could also argue that Buffy’s greatest quality was in sharing power with others. She proved many times that nobody will ever be too powerful to subdue others for their selfish whims. It’s almost political if you think about it. In the end she gives the biggest speech of her life surrounded by other girls soon to be Chosen One(s) as well to fight against evil.  Thank you Buffy for letting us ladies know what it means to be a real leader.

Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess

Lucy Lawless as Xena was epic. She exhibited qualities that inspired women (and men) to fight against the forces of evil, and do what is morally right. She taught us to rely less on our sexual appeal, and focus more intellectually. More importantly she empowered other women along to realize their own strength as well accept their imperfections.

Moesha in Moesha 

Finally, a black girl we could all relate to at some level.  She wore braids and attended high school in a good neighborhood located in Los Angeles. It was also one of the first shows that really showed what teenage minorities go through at home, school and work. It even health with darker elements such as death of a parent and discovering secrets within a close niche family. More importantly, the protagonist, is not afraid to say ‘no’ when she’s being pressured to do something she doesn’t like.

 

 

Do you miss TV programs with strong female leads? 

 

 

 

 

 

Melancholy

noun.

  • A feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.

 

She is not certain when her melancholic thinking first started or why it just showed up one day like an uninvited guest. She only knew that once it took hold of her soul nothing would ever make her feel safe until…

She struggled for many years with this great sadness that her faith in the Lord whittled away along with her dreams of finding her most intimate passions. Since then logic rather intuition lead to her a profession that she was good at but never quite felt it lived up to her potential. She even tried marrying the first bloke she took fancy to but, that ended disastrously after he confessed he only liked her for the sex. How did she react thereafter you ask?

Well….

She cried.

And she cried.

Even her pet cat meowed sadly for not being able to comfort its human. That is until a mysterious knock was heard one morning.

It could not have been her parents who lived two states over or her best friend Jemima Poole who was on a romantic holiday with her boyfriend. And it certainly was not her jerk face soon to be ex-husband.

It was nobody.

In fact the hallway to her apartment was deserted. Could she have imagined the knock on the door? “Well fuck me, right?” she grumbled to herself.

A voice called out: “What the actual fuck? I turn out to be an even bigger loser as a grown woman? Fuuuccckkk!”

The woman turned her entire body around and came face to face with someone she never thought she would ever see again: Melanie Trevino, age 13.


 

 

melancholy, part 1

I just want to take this moment to comment how this space here will be used to describe how certain stories take shape in my head. I like to experiment and absolutely don’t write FAN FICTION. Don’t get me wrong FF is great for those aspiring to be writers, bloggers and copy editors but it’s my firm belief that one shouldn’t use another person’s fruit of labor for profit like a certain series we all know so well….

What else did I want to say? Ah, yes this piece is weird. I had initially wanted to write a romantic story about two people living across from each other’s apartment but then I thought why not tell it with a twist? I hope to write part 2 soon but there are so many ideas running inside my head.  For now I’ll just be writing and posting as my brain sees fit.  I’m also trying to figure out how to navigate WordPress. It’s been a while since I used a site like this.