I am among the later contributors to this tag, forgive me Annie! I really like the prompt a lot and I wanted to put some serious thought into my answers first. Since the US, UK, and Australia consider March Women’s history month, I figured my later reply would still be good! Without further ado let’s take a look at the rules, and see my answers!
- Choose a female (real or fictional) for every prompt.
- Tag at least one female blogger.
- Pingback to Annie’s Powerful females’ tag.
Name a female known for her intelligence
So I happen to know of a lot of ladies that fit the bill for this particular prompt but we’re going with a tried and true on my blog; Major Motoko Kusanagi.
Although the Major is known for a lot of things, her outfits, her super cyborg strength, and her insane amount of drive in her various exploits what is under played is her intelligence and mental fortitude. The reason that the Major was even recruited to work in Section Nine was her hacking abilities, which are at a ‘Wizard class’. Additionally, due to how young she was made into a cyborg, she’s incredible apt at mobilizing cyborg style bodies, sometimes even multiple bodies at once which takes intense amount of skill and intelligence to do so with the ease she has.
Name a female known for her physical strength
Leticia Bufoni isn’t a name a lot of people probably know. And really I only know because I binge watched the Berrics on Youtube which is skateboarding channel.
In her career as a professional skateboarder, Leticia has taken some nasty slams over the years in various competitions and practices. None of which has made her slow down aside from recovery time since she’s gone on to net five gold, three silver, and three bronze at various X Games competitions. Skateboarding wasn’t seen as a sport you needed to be ‘strong’ at, but the best skaters are also the ones who know their bodies well which is a unit strength in and of itself.
Name a female who powered through difficult times
So my very short, and very real answer is my mother. I know this sounds like a cop-out or an answer that anyone could give, and I don’t disagree. Of course, since I know my mom so well I’m a bit more privy to the details of her rather difficult experiences. I would love to talk about them, but those aren’t my stories to tell. You just gotta trust me on this one~
Name a female who you want to be friends/roommates with
The idea of subjecting people post-pandemic to my living habits or my friendship honestly made this nomination harder then it should have been. Luckily, I’ve been watching a series that covered the very topic of this earlier this year!
I could easily see myself as either a friend, or roommate in Haru’s share house in 3B no Koibito. I’m leaning more towards roommates since I think we both have the same living habits and core tenants for maintaining good household relationships. Plus, I would pay my rent on time. As for friends, I could me being the ‘friend of a friend’ type if that makes sense.
Name A female who you think is a good role model
So I got a lot of inspiration from Annie’s post in this category, mostly because I have very few role models in my life. I don’t say that as a bad thing, but it’s not something I’ve ever been consciously aware of.
But in terms of professionalism, longevity, and being unapologetically themselves; Brown Eyed Girls. In the ultra conservative climate, and early beginnings of K-pop, Brown Eyed Girls were the ones turning heads. Each member has an incredibly successful follow-up solo careers, and managed to work through any controversies that came their way. They’re also the only female K-pop unit that’s made it to 10 years (now 15), without a member change and transitioning from several labels while retaining all the rights to their discography, name, and image. That’s a feat even most boy groups can’t manage.
A few stand out accomplishments I want to highlight. JeA is the leader, and picked her fellow members of Brown Eyed Girls, as well as lyrically contributing to the group often. Among female K-pop idols, Miryo is one of the biggest names in writing lyrics with 97+ songs copywritten to her. Narsha is one of the first female idols to get married (October 2016), and not lose her career for doing so. Gain has managed to balance her solo career, as well as BEG, her solo career which is often the subject of controversy as it discusses many taboo topics in South Korea. Gain is also among the first female idols to openly talk about her struggles with mental health, and even cancelled several performances in order to stabilize it.
The influence all these women have had in K-pop is insane, to wrap it up with dignity and poise is all any current idol, male or female should aspire for.
Name a female who deserves the spotlight
Meg Hoffman Nakagawa, i.e. the mind behind Blossom the Project.
For those not familiar, Ms. Nakagawa started on April 9th 2020 with making a positive space for people to discuss their mental health and other subjects. Simple posts of encouragement and other reminders for those struggling. What really got me to follow was their post in May 31st 2020, and their Black Lives Matter post in Japanese (shown above). I was struggling to discuss with my co-workers about the movement using the best terminology and grammar to express what was going on and why it mattered. This initial post helped me a lot, as well as many of the latter posts which are structured in English and Japanese.
Ms. Nakagawa has reached an audience of thousands of people in two very different cultures, bridge some gaps, or at least arm them with the facts and words to start having more difficult conversations. For all her hard work, I think she deserves some more spotlight, since countless people use her resources. All of which are free to view as well! Also for additional reading on Ms. Nakagawa, you can check out this JapanTimes article here.
Also as an aside, I am terrible out checking whose been tagged in these posts, so forgive me if you’ve already been tagged! I’d like to nominate:
Anyway, thank you for joining me on this post and I’ll see you in the next one!