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Prompt Challenge - Day 12



Day 12 is all about Getting The Job Done

A woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do, through prejudice, bigotry, and stupidity, rain or shine, life and living, and all the bullshit we have to put up with.

Today, give us your female characters toughing it out but getting the job done.

Graphics, gifsets, meta, links, fics, graphics, art, and recs - anything is welcome about any female character. All prompts are simply places to start - don’t feel that you have to stick with the ideas asked, or with the character displayed in the header! Go for your life!

And don’t forget to tag your work!

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heliopausa
Feb. 13th, 2017 12:22 pm (UTC)
Meta - Missee Lee gets the job done
I've thought about writing about Missee Lee (from the book of the same name, by Arthur Ransome) several times during this halfamoon - from the "Confrontational" challenge, because she is certainly that, or for the "Choices" challenge, because like the Senora Neroni, she chooses who she will be, and because her choice - how she chooses, and why - utterly define the amazing, impressive and complex person she is (if she can be counted as a person - of which more in a moment), or for the "Spirit" challenge, because ultimately her choices spring from her most intense spiritual convictions. Or I could have held over for the "Sacrifice" challenge, because what happens involves sacrifice, of several kinds - but then: why not today? and "Getting the job done", because that is what Missee Lee does - she sees how much her world needs her to do a job that only she can do, and she turns to and becomes... becomes "Missee Lee".

Can she be counted as a person? I raised this matter because she's not a character in a story - she's in fact a character in a story being made up by characters in a story. That is, her story is the joint creation of several characters in the Swallows and Amazons story; the whole book is the story they tell themselves during the holidays when they can't be having an outdoor adventure. So her character is in fact their joint idealized imagining of an heroic Chinese female bandit (or pirate), and the story is a commentary on their ideals and on their ideas of China, and of how such a woman might act, tempered by their well-travelled uncle's accounts of Chinese culture.

The character they make up, though, is brilliant! She is, as I said, like the Senora Neroni in that she chooses who she will be - though unlike Senora Neroni she chooses to set aside her own most passionate desire... and now suddenly I'm aware that I might be getting into spoiler territory. Very well, then - I'll leave it at this: Missee Lee chooses who she will be to get the job done, and that job includes being the undisputed leader of three bandit clans. What impels her to that job - and the shifts in the path along the way - that's what makes her one of the most surprising, intelligent, and all-round awesome heroines in twentieth-century children's literature.

:)
el_staplador
Feb. 13th, 2017 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Meta - Missee Lee gets the job done
Missee Lee is fantastic!
heliopausa
Feb. 14th, 2017 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: Meta - Missee Lee gets the job done
:D That's a smile of shared delight. Yes, she's an absolute knockout!
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