Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Blog Tour: Follow The Feminists - Agent Peggy Carter

Hey guys! 
Today I have the pleasure of being part of an incredibly awesome blog tour, in honour of a brand new release that's hitting the shelves tomorrow...And I Darken by Kiersten White! And I Darken is the first book in a trilogy featuring Lada Dracul the feminist character you've all been waiting for!  Check out the synopsis...
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.
 
Sounds totally awesome right? Lada is definitely a character you want to get to know this summer, and like I said, the book is released tomorrow! Now, like I said, Lada is a feminist character and a brilliant one at that, so in honour of that, the publishers have put together this blog tour, where a few of us will be getting you acquainted with some fantastic feminist icons and just plain awesome ladies in general! 

Now, I'm intrigued to see what kind of impact this blog tour is going to have on my various social media platforms, because I know some people don't like the "F Word"! Anyway it's time to introduce you to my feminist icon....Agent Peggy Carter! Captain America: The First Avenger is one of my all time favourite films, and it's in large part because I loved Peggy so much from the moment she punched that soldier in the face. 


When I think of feminists, she's the first lady that springs to mind every single time! Fans loved Peggy so much that she was given her own spin off show, Agent Carter, and there was outcry all across social media when it was cancelled after it's second season, (Come on Netflix, you know you wanna!). Hayley Atwell, the actress who plays Peggy describes her as "Kind of an early feminist". Peggy lives in a time period where things where incredibly unequal, more so than the present day. Everything was dominated by men and Peggy is working for the SSR, which is..you guessed it...dominated by men. Peggy is carving out a path for women, or she was before the show was cancelled, (Seriously Netflix), she's working in a male centric office, trying to be heard, being underestimated at every turn...although that does work in her favour once or twice! She doesn't give up, she keeps pushing for the recognition she deserves, and the respect. Until they take her seriously. You know that huge organisation in Marvel that's involved in everything in every movie? Yeah. Peggy founded that. Awesome right? To do it she had to put up with sexism, misogyny, and generally being treated like she was less because she was not a man. 

Throughout the seasons of the show Peggy defends the rights of the other women in the show, and supports them. She brushes off and snarks at sexist displays, effectively shutting it down. She uses her sexuality as a weapon, she respects herself and has the utmost confidence in herself and her abilities. She takes down bad guys single handedly, and when a man takes credit for what she did....she responds by saying "I know my value". 


She gives you so many moments where you're cheering for her, cheering for her actions, applauding her and generally pleased to watch her do what needs to be done. Here are some of her best moments from the show...

One of my favourite moments from the show, it has to be said so let's watch the GIF version too...



"I'm supposed to believe that you pulled off your own investigation without any of us noticing? And why would you go through all that trouble instead of coming to one of us? 


No time for your sh*t today Thompson...


Peggy has no time for your mansplaining....


Peggy has no time for your sexist assumptions...


"Just so we're clear, this is pressed into your brachial artery. It may be dull, but I'm determined. Keep smiling. Once you start to bleed, you'll lose consciousness in fifteen seconds. You'll die in ninety unless someone comes to your aid. Now, given your recent behavior, how likely do you think that is to happen? To prevent this not entirely unfortunate event from occurring, I suggest you find a new place to eat. Do we understand each other? Good. Oh. One more thing. Tip generously" Don't harass your waitress buddy....


Then there was the time Peggy single handedly beat up a guy....while nurse Betty Carver of the Captain America radio show wishes for a man to help her....


Peggy is perfectly capable of handling herself...


In fact she doesn't need help with anything....


She's perfectly capable of defending herself...

Before I get carried away and list every thing ever, have one last moment...


 

Fore more of Peggy's best feminist moments, check out the show! 
To check out what's so awesome about Lada...check out And I Darken! 

The blog tour continues tomorrow....



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