Why Jessica Jones Is One Of The Most Feminist Shows On Netflix

Why Jessica Jones Is One Of The Most Feminist Shows On Netflix

Jessica Jones season 2 arrived yesterday on Netflix, and, once again, it proved just what girl power looks like.

By that, I don’t just mean the fact that Jessica is physically strong because of course, she is very strong, I mean that Jessica Jones is strong as a series because it breaks every stereotype female characters are shoe-horned into. And that is something that is desperately needed right now.

First of all, the show is named after it’s female lead, and there is no fixed lead male. The first season featured David Tennant as the male lead villain, who played a huge part in the storyline, and in Jessica’s origins, but this season, there is no lead male character. There are male side characters who are important to the storyline, but the show focuses on Jessica and her adoptive sister, Trish.

On top of that, every single episode of this season was directed by a woman. To me, that is revolutionary. So many directors are male, they dominate the industry, but Marvel decided to have an entire series directed by women, and as you watch, you can tell.

Want to know how you can tell that Jessica Jones is directed exclusively by women?

There are no gratuitous topless shots of women. Not one. Not a single one. Not in any sex scene (of which there are a couple) or a shower scene, or anything. There is one scene where Jessica is in her underwear, but it was not for her to be seen as ‘sexy,’ or put in for her to be objectified. It’s not shot in a way that says ‘look at the sexy undressed woman,’ it’s shot like any other shot, the actress just happens to be underdressed, and for a reason that makes sense in the story at that point.

And that’s just the tip of the ice burg of equality in this show, there are so many more examples it makes my head spin.

The women in this show are so real, they all have motivations, all have back stories either explored or referenced, all have vices they cannot live without. They are fully fleshed out characters, with no reliance on stereotype. Jessica and Trish are friends, refer to each other as sisters multiple times throughout season 2, even when they argue constantly.

Even their arguments are real. They’re not arguing over a guy or trying to sabotage the other due to jealousy. They’re fighting over things like addiction, about the past Jessica refuses to explore, about family. Even those arguments are from a place of love, it’s never spiteful, or manipulative. You don’t realise how often you see women warring against each other in the media over silly reasons until you watch women fight out of a place of love.

Every episode passes the Bechdel Test, at least twice, if not multiple times. Women talk to each other about illness, about addiction, about solving cases. Yes, they also talk about relationships, but it’s not the only thing they talk about. On top of that, whenever it is revealed that a woman has slept with someone else, there is no ‘slut-shaming,’ or being judged for it. No character is ever shamed for having a relationship.

In fact, no female character is shamed for eating. In any scene involving food, no woman commented on her diet, or their body, or anyone else’s. They ate, and it was a normal thing to do.

Jessica Jones doesn’t just avoid stereotype, it also tackles some hard-hitting topics as well. Topics incredibly relevant for today’s society and today’s current events.

PTSD, rape and abuse are all topics carried over from series one, and will probably continue on into further seasons, as they’re so central to Jessica and Trish’s characters. But what season 2 builds on is rape culture.

From the first episode, Jessica calls out a man when he says that he won’t take no for an answer. This man is never forgiven and is made to be a more minor bad guy for the season. No man is ever allowed to take anything from a woman without retribution in this show, any who try to use, or abuse, any female character is always shown to be in the wrong. While the consequences don’t always fit the crime, the point still stands – no man gets to use a woman without consequences. And the consequences always comes from a woman.

And finally, and most importantly, there is a minor storyline about directors using young girls for sex. It is explicit in its reveal, without showing the actual deed, but it is made very clear that forty-year-old directors coaxing desperate sixteen-year-old actresses into bed was disgusting and deserved to be punished for their actions. Every woman involved in the storyline was in agreement automatically – he was in the wrong, the girl in question was a minor, and was a victim in the situation. There was no discussion between them as to what exactly happened, the victim was immediately believed, the director was not allowed to try and weasel his way out of it.

To say the least, it sends a powerful message to Hollywood and everyone in the film industry. If I’m honest, the entire series, the entire show, is a powerful message to the film industry.

Women are strong, they are powerful, they are diverse, with rich backstories and beautiful friendships. Women can hurt others, but they can also support them and help them through anything. Women can be flawed as people, but they are not to be shamed for their actions.

They are people, and their stories deserve to be written, directed and acted out. People need to see things like this. And they need to take away this message:

Jessica Jones should not be the only TV show out there like this. There should be more holding up these same values. Women are not sex objects or a thing to stereotype. They are real and wonderful, and human. Tell their damn stories, just like you would with any other male character out there.

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Black Panther Forever

Black Panther Forever

The world fell in love with T’Challa, AKA The Black Panther, in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, but 2018 was the year of his first solo movie, and it does not hold back!

It’s fair to say that Black Panther has been one of the most talked about Marvel films in years, you could go as far as to say that it’s the most talked about film of 2018 so far. Marvel films usually are the most talked about of any year, but this one has been especially anticipated.

The first superhero film to feature a black lead since Blade, and definitely the first to feature a nearly entirely black cast, this film had a lot to prove to the world. And it didn’t just prove itself, it outshone every expectation I had.

I was expecting the usual Marvel affair, light-hearted, funny and great action scenes. Instead, I got a lesson in African culture, in responsibility, and in what it feels like to be an outsider in a world which has not been kind.

Following in the same vein as Luke Cage, one of Black Panther’s main themes is racism, and how it can affect those prejudiced against. It shows what happens when it is ignored, especially by those who can help.

Also following Luke Cage’s example, the film brings culture to the forefront. Not superhero culture, or American culture, but Wakandan culture. Steeped in tradition, inspired by African culture, mixed with technology so advanced it would make Tony Stark’s head spin, Wakanda is nothing like anything I could have ever imagined.

Director, Ryan Coogler, could have easily ignored tradition and created a more Westernised Wakanda, a technologically advanced America. Instead, he decided to celebrate Africa, to finally bring the continent to the big screen. It was clear to see that he had done his homework, that everyone involved had too. From the warriors of Wakanda (including a specialised army made entirely of women) to the five tribes, to the country itself, everything had African influence. Everything tied back to tradition, to culture, and never let its audience forget just where they were in the world.

I cannot speak as for how accurate this was, as I know nothing of Africa or of the deep racist problems of the world, further than what I have seen in the news. But what I can say is this, Black Panther is a brilliant film, one that will break records and set an example for the film industry in terms of diversity. It is fast paced, full of life, and comes with an incredibly important message. It’s a must for anyone who enjoys the superhero genre, and a brilliant expansion of the MCU, one I hope stays on for years and years to come.

5/5 stars.

Top 5 Wednesday – 2018 Reading Resolutions

Top 5 Wednesday

Before I start this, I should probably wish everyone a very Happy New Year! 2017 was not the best year ever, so let’s hope that this year is going to be better!

And with that, I should probably make myself some reading resolutions, and actually write them down so others can see them while I’m at it, and hope it pushes me to actually work on them. What better way to do that than in a top 5 Wednesday, especially as that’s this week’s topic?

So without anymore waffling, I’ll get right into my 5 reading resolutions for 2018!

  1. Read bigger books. I touched on this briefly on my goals video last week, but last year I focused mainly on small books, around 350 pages long. This is simply because I didn’t have that much time to read, and I like to read a book a week. But this means that I’ve ignored 90% of the books in the house, which means I’m missing out on a lot of good books. In recent weeks, I’ve managed to get myself an extra few hours reading time every week, so I’m going to try and focus more on bigger books this year.

2) Read more trilogies in one go. I’ve been terrible at reading trilogies. I keep on picking up the first, then getting caught up in something else entirely, reading the second, and then ever getting to the final book in the series. For example, I started the Miss Peregrine series nearly two years ago, finished the second book around the same time the film came out, and I haven’t picked up the third since. If I keep on doing this with every trilogy I start, I’m never going to finish any of them. From now on, I want to read all three books in one marathon, so I actually finish the damn things.

3) Read more outside of my comfort zone. I have stuck mostly to fantasy and children’s books in my reading adventures, and have recently gotten into comic books, but I want to expand a bit more than that. I want to read more sci-fi, possibly try some classic literature like Frankenstein. I own that book, as well as the Melrose series, which is a start at the least! On this note, I also want to explore more of the Marvel comic universe. So far, I’ve stuck to comic books involving either Doctor Strange or Loki, I want to diversify my reading, starting with Daredevil, Legion and Jessica Jones. Possibly She-Hulk too.

4) Read more diverse books. I seem to stick to reading books about straight, able-bodied, white, cis, characters, and I want to change that. I’ve really enjoyed books like The Christmasaurus and the Shades Of Magic trilogy, which feature more diverse casts of people, such as wheelchair users and LGBT+ POC characters, and I want to explore more in this. Obviously, Daredevil is blind, Legion has multiple personality disorder, and from what I can tell, Patrick Melrose is a mentally ill drink and drug addict, so I have a starting point. But I want to explore more, I want to read more LGBTQIA+, more POC, more neurodivergent, more disabled characters. So if anyone has any recommendations, please tell me those down in the comments, especially if the book is Own Voices!

5) Review more. Simply because I have this blog, I said I would post more reviews of the books I read on here, and I haven’t done it. Don’t ask me why, I still don’t know myself, probably because I’m a moron, and get a lot of my thoughts out on Goodreads. But this year, I want to review at least 50% of the books I read on here. I set this blog up to review the things I read and watch, it’s time to focus on what I read, not on what I end up watching.

That is currently my reading resolutions, what are yours? Got anything similar to me? Got any recommendations for me? Leave me comments down below!

As I said before, happy new year everyone, have a great one, and happy reading!

Live Blog Of Marvel’s Punisher

Live Blog Of The Punisher

Friday 17th of November:

Episode One:

A bit of a slow start – Frank Castle has gotten his revenge on those who have killed his family, he’s under a different name, working as a builder. But when other builders get into trouble with a loan shark, Frank gets involved. New characters have been introduced, and the plot is slowly being revealed. Took me a while to get into it, but I’m invested now, so bring on episode two!

Episode Two:

The plot thickens – Frank’s family were not killed by accident, it was on purpose. And Frank is not happy about it. He’s being threatened, Micro is somehow involved, time to track him down and get some answers. Murders have increased now, things are getting a bit more violent like I wanted from this show. Getting excited now!

Episode Three:

Frank has found a ‘man in the chair’ – someone who can help him find the people responsible for all of this, the people who used him as a hitman, and everyone in between. This series is a lot more hard-hitting than I expected it to me. I was expected a lot more violence and less plot, but this is very plot-heavy, and really zeroes in on PTSD and the effects of war on a person. I have no idea if this is accurate to PTSD in the real world, but I like the attempt to highlight it at the very least.

Episode Four:

I don’t trust Ben Barnes’ character, at all. There’s something about him that screams ‘don’t trust me, I’m up to something.’ Even if his army friends trust him, I don’t think I do. Think I’m missing something about why Frank has highjacked a Homeland Security operation, but that could be explained later. That or I’ve missed it because the main TV is on and it’s louder than my laptop, so I keep on missing bits.

Episode Five:

Some good, bloody fight scenes in this episode, which I thoroughly enjoyed. One thing that’s getting to me though is the completely inaccurate medicine or lack thereof. Frank is shot in the shoulder with an arrow, and shot with a bullet in the side, yet manages to run through the woods and taken down several soldiers, before dragging his injured friend through the woods. Frank should surely have died from his injuries, or at least not been able to shoot and fight, yet he managed to take down an elite squad. It was an awesome scene, but medical accuracy people, it is a thing. You can get away with it when you’re talking about Demi-God’s and Hulk’s and superheroes in super suits, not so much with completely human characters.

Episode Six:

PLOT. TWIST. ENDING. But now I sadly have to stop watching for the day because it’s time to get dinner and settle down for some Strictly – It Takes Two, Children In Need and The Last Leg.

Current thoughts – Punisher is a pretty good show, and totally not what I was expecting. I was thinking that this was going to be a lot of mindless blood, guts and gore, but instead, I’ve been given a complex storyline. I’m not totally taken with it, as I’m not really into shows about the army, war and conspiracy theories, but I’m enjoying it well enough. I think Frank needs a superhero like Matt to bounce off of though, that could just be me though, but he felt a lot more interesting and human in Daredevil.

Monday 20th of November:

Episode Seven:

Things are starting to spiral for Frank and several other characters, things are not going to plan at all. The plot twist connection is being explored more in this episode and leaves it on a bit of an ‘oh dear GOD’ kind of moment. It took me a minute to get back into this again, due to a two-day break, but still really enjoying it.

Episode Eight:

It’s really interesting to see how Frank interacts with kids, especially after losing his own. It’s also really interesting to watch another father struggle to be away from his family, especially when they are struggling with his ‘death.’ Billy is a complete psychopath though, and I think he may be my favourite character, simply because he’s constantly murdering people, which is what I expected from this show most.

Monday 27th of November:

Episode Nine:

An episode all about consequences, bombs, and grief. Things are twisting together a bit more, and in other ways, things are hitting the fan. Some people are teaming up together, others are causing more trouble for Frank, and Frank himself has either made a big mistake or has one hell of a plan.

Episode Ten:

More death and violence in this, literally explosive, episode. One threat is gone, other’s villainous nature has been exposed, and everyone, apart from Karen, is gunning for Frank. Really loved the timeline of this episode, showing the different points of view on the situation, and how people use their own goals to change a narrative.

Episode Eleven:

Sweet holy mother of God, The Punisher has arisen! Seeing Frank in the skull-emblazoned bulletproof vest, shooting the living daylights out of the bad guys is absolutely incredible. This is what I wanted from this show – Frank Castle being the famous Punisher, killing the bad guys with never ending bullets and grenades. Best scene of the entire series so far, if the finale has something like that in it, I will be a happy, happy girl!

Friday 1st of December:

Episode Twelve:

Families are rescued, people are captured, and the noose around Billy Russo’s neck tightens. Lots of blood in this episode, which is completely at odds with Frank’s flashbacks to his final morning with his wife. It’s an incredibly interesting contrast, one a thoroughly enjoyed watching playing out. I’ve loved the flashbacks throughout the entire series really, it gave me such a good insight into Frank’s previous life, and exactly what he’s mourning, and why he’s so hellbent on revenge.

Episode Thirteen:

This is it, the conclusion, the final showdown. Frank V Billy, and Billy isn’t playing nicely! Full of blood, dirty fights, and pure violence, Frank’s final showdown is one to watch. What I really enjoyed about this one, was that it wasn’t like the bullet and explosion-heavy fight of episode 9, this was pared down, just two men and their skills, facing off against each other. There was gun use, but it was nowhere near as much as usual, this was more about fists, knives, and skill. In short, I loved it!


Punisher as a TV series was not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting little plot and more mindless violence. Instead, I got a heavy, twisting plot with twists I really did not see coming. I loved the insights into Frank’s time at war, and the contrast between who he is now, and who he was with his family. Billy Russo was a complete psychopath, and watching him come undone was great fun.

While the themes (war, army and government cover-ups) aren’t really my thing, I did still very much enjoy this series, and I will definitely watch more if it ever comes. Personally, I would have preferred more on-screen violence, and maybe some more things tying Punisher to the MCU, but on the whole, this was a very good series. Wonderfully acted, brilliantly scripted, and generally just plain fun to watch! A must for all Marvel fans who don’t mind a whole lot of blood!

Uproarious Thor Ragnarok


Uproarious Thor Ragnarok (1)

Loki is on the throne of Asgard.

Thor is having visions of the end of worlds.

Hela has escaped her prison.

Ragnarok is upon us, time to fight!

And what a fight it is! Thor Ragnarok is the third solo adventure for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, and it is most probably the best one.

This film see’s Hemsworth really come into his own as Thor, as he tries to stop  The Goddess Of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), from destroying Asgard. There’s only one problem – he’s stuck on Sakaar, forced to fight The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) for the entertainment of The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is of no help, and neither is Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a fellow Asgardian stuck on the planet.

It’s entirely up to Thor to bring his team together and face down the Goddess, to save his people, his planet, and possibly the galaxy, from Hela’s wrath.

What follows, is a brilliant, uproarious thrill fest of fights, high stakes and laugh out loud humour, reminiscent of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Taika Waititi really took a risk with Ragnarok, while not everyone liked the previous formula for Thor solo films, they still worked brilliantly, and possibly fit better with the classic Norse Mythology. But Taiki utterly flips this on its head – Ragnarok is bright and full of jokes, Thor doesn’t take himself as seriously, Loki doesn’t get all the oneliners, and even Hulk gets a chance to shine outside of a battle scene.

But despite all the humour, you still feel the gravity of the situation.

Hela is on the warpath, Asgard is unprotected, and there’s nothing stopping her from destroying everything in her way. The danger is very real, and while this film is hilarious, it never forgets that it is supposed to be about Ragnarok. The tone takes a little while to adjust to, but once you do, this film propels its audience through every second and never lets you go.

I loved every second of this film, it was fantastic from beginning to the end. From the storyline, the humour, the new characters, and the cameo (Hiddlesbatch fans will be reasonably pleased with Doctor Strange’s appearance, though we will have to wait until Infinity War for a possible magic fight between Stephen and Loki), it was all genius. Definitely a risk work taking.

Thor finally got his chance to shine and become The God Of Thunder he was always supposed to be. Norse Mythology was given its due, and while a lot was changed to fit more comic book elements into it, the essence was still there.

I feel like Thor’s journey has properly begun now, I cannot wait to see where it takes us from here!