…, for real?

Well, all of them, since their House has existed, basically.  Because Bear Island is really the only matriarchal culture in Westeros (though I can see an argument for Dorne), and they have experienced more freedom than most women in the Seven Kingdoms—both sexually and politically.  

The carving on the gate to Bear Island’s keep is a woman holding a suckling babe in one arm and a battle ax in the other: because women on Bear Island have ALWAYS had to be fighters—when the men went off to fish or to war, it was up to the women to keep the island running, to fight wildlings and reavers.  And they did. Successfully.  

But if you want specifics:

Lady Maege Mormont, the younger sister of Jeor, who became the Lady of Bear Island after Jorah was exiled.  She pretty much rescued the island from ruin, considering that Jorah had spent all of their money on Lynesse.  She’s also had to rebuild the Mormont family name, since Jorah pretty much ruined all their honor with his betrayal.  She’s now one of the most respected noblewomen in the North. She is a fierce warrior and exemplifies the matriarchal culture that Bear Island is known for.  She clashes with Jeor and doesn’t really seem to mind that he disapproves.  

As GRRM himself has said, she’s called Maege Mormont, because we don’t know if she’s actually even married.  The other Northerners don’t even know if she has a husband, or who fathered her children (or if they had multiple fathers, if they were even noblemen, or WHAT) and guess what, she’s still the undisputed Lady of the island.  No one. Questions. Her.  

She is the one who gave the signal for the attack on the Whispering Wood.  There was also that time in the Westerlands when she captured thousands of Lannister cattle (or cattle of Lannister bannermen, same difference) and drove them toward the Riverlands.

She is currently (along with Galbart Glover and her two middle daughters) searching for Greywater Watch - as one of Robb Stark’s most trusted counselors, she was tasked with finding Howland Reed, and also carries the parchment that has Robb’s declaration of succession. 

Dacey Mormont, her eldest daughter and heir, who was given a morningstar when other girls were given dolls, who serves in Robb Stark’s select King’s Guard - the only woman to do so, who (ASOS SPOILERS) chooses to remain with her battle companions instead of going with her mother and sisters to find Greywater Watch and dies protecting her king as a result, during the Red Wedding.

Alysane Mormont, the second oldest daughter (presumably in her early 20s) who becomes the heir when Dacey dies.  She is unwed…yet already has two children, ages 9 and 2. And doesn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks of her.  And is STILL THE UNQUESTIONABLE HEIR.  

When Stannis Baratheon makes the move to take back Deepwood Motte from the Greyjoys, it’s Aly who makes the tactical decision to aid him, and it’s her men, at her direction, who are instrumental in helping take back Deepwood. 

Lyra and Jorelle Mormont - Maege’s two middle daughters. We don’t know much about them, except that they are with Maege and Galbart, looking for Greywater Watch, as well. They’re likely in their mid to late teens, and already warrior women, fighting for their king and the North.

Lyanna Mormont - Maege’s youngest daughter, at only 10 years old, is left in charge of Bear Island while her older sisters and mother are out fighting.  

Her response to Stannis Baratheon’s demand that Bear Island bend the knee to him?

“Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark.”

Basically, she doesn’t even appear physically - only as a reference - and she manages to verbally kick the ass of one of the most formidable men in the Seven Kingdoms.

So to answer your question, Anon:

those Mormont women.

Community: Sometimes I’m Slow on the Uptake…


Guys, I just realized something.

Just about all of “Remedial Chaos Theory” took place within Abed’s imagination. It was Abed playing out the odds of what would happen in the apartment based on who left to get the pizza.

And this “all in Abed’s imagination” bit was hinted at in “Virtual Systems Analysis,” and confirmed in “Course Listing Unavailable.”

Which is why the worst timeline is what happens when Troy leaves the room. Troy is Abed’s best friend, so of course Abed would spin an out-of-control scenario if Troy weren’t around.

Which means that all of “Remedial Chaos Theory” is Abed’s meta-view of his friends. It’s a view that, like “Virtual Systems Analysis,” can actually be pretty shallow.

Also, once you realize that “Remedial” is told almost entirely from Abed’s point of view, you also realize something else when you look at the pattern:

  • Abed has a really low opinion of Jeff
  • Abed has a surprisingly low opinion of Annie
  • Abed has a low opinion of Pierce that’s mitigated with a little sympathy
  • Abed has a good opinion of Shirley that’s mitigated by viewing her as a little weak
  • Abed has a surprisingly high opinion of Britta
  • Abed has unsurprisingly the highest opinion of Troy

Such as…

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A Stiles Meta; or why I don’t think he’s a perfect angel

Let me preface this by saying that I adore Stiles. He is without a doubt my favorite character on Teen Wolf, and really one of my favorite characters out of all the shows I’m watching right now. He’s smart, funny, a good friend. But he isn’t perfect, and the more I read about the way people see him, the more of a disconnect I see between who I see, and who the majority of the fandom sees. 

Please don’t hate me.

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word vomit: marissa edition.


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the parent/child relationships

most kid’s cartoons follow typical tropes of parents, the loving mother and father, the goofball comic relief, the there-for-you-at-the-end-of-the-day moral-of-the-story parental units

avatar just slaps that in the face

You get Zuko’s parents: a mother who literally committed murder to protect her son, and the father who pretty much put her in that situation, banished her, and was abusive and manipulative towards his children.

Toph’s parents: “loving” and “caring” but totally blind (ironic?) to the fact that their daughter didn’t want any of this. Purposefully ignored her wishes and wants and feelings because they didn’t believe in her.

Sokka and Katara’s parents: a mother who sacrificed herself for her daughter (in an eerie echo of Ursa’s actions - but are they comparable? there’s a good question in that somewhere), and a single father who had a responsibility as leader of their community to go to war, and who fiercely loved his children but trusted in them completely, believed in them absolutely.

Zuko’s father and Toph’s parents have this message that you don’t really see, kinda anywhere: you don’t owe your parents anything. Just because they are your parents, you don’t have to let them control you, let them abuse you. You can walk away. You have that agency; they don’t own you.

Sokka and Katara’s father is a really really interesting character and their family has a fantastic dynamic, in my opinion. Sokka and Katara both responded differently to their father having to leave; Sokka was heartbroken and felt the need to be very masculine, overcompensating for the lack of male role models left, especially during some really hard teenage years. He felt the need to step up into the role left empty by his father, and idolized his father, didn’t resent him. Also, incidentally, note that Sokka confessed once that he didn’t even remember what his mother looked like anymore; he only saw Katara’s face, Katara, on the other hand, has a much more complex relationship with both her parents. She was scared and hurt and angry and lost and so sad when her father left. When he returned, those feelings surfaced again and she was so angry at her father, even though really he had no choice. The way that she confronts those feelings in The Awakening is one of my favorite scenes. It shows a special, intense bond between a father and a daughter that I think is more personal and intimate than you usually see on kids’ shows. I would be interested in knowing how that may relate to the anyone who’s ever had a parent who’s in the armed forces, also, because I feel like that’s the angle the creators were going for there, and I’d like to know how successful they may have been there.

And also, surrogate parent figures - Zuko’s uncle, and Monk Gyatso for Aang. You don’t need to be blood to be family, to be a parental figure. I just really love it.

Madea and How It’s Fucking Over Black People


I used to like Tyler Perry. I really did.  He went from being homeless to one of the richest people in Atlanta. He makes movies marketable to black people exclusively (though I’ll explain why it’s NOT exclusive and why that’s a bad thing later) and opened his own studio. However, while I was stoned and watching Madea’s Happy Family I noticed something. These movies suck. At one point Tyler Perry realized that if he recycled the same shit nobody would notice.  Normally that doesn’t annoy me but then I realized that he is helping perpetuate stereotypes of the African-American community that hurts us instead of helping us. My opinions are underneath the cut.

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Breaking Bad credit elements


Bryan Cranston (Walter White) - Br - Bromine 
halogen group
“Elemental bromine is a fuming red-brown liquid at room temperature, corrosive and toxic, with properties between those of chlorine and iodine. When put under the pressure of 55 GPa, bromine converts to a metal. At 75 GPa, it becomes a crystal structure. Free bromine does not occur in nature, but occurs as colorless soluble crystalline mineral halide salts, analogous to table salt. Bromine’s primary industrial use is in fire retardants.”

Anna Gunn (Skyler White) - Na - Sodium
alkali metal
“Sodium is a soft, silvery-white, highly reactive metal with only one stable variant. The free metal does not occur in nature, but instead must be prepared from its compounds. Many salts of sodium are highly water-soluble, and their sodium has been leached by the action of water so that chloride and sodium are the most common dissolved elements by weight in the Earth’s bodies of oceanic water. Sodium is an essential element for all animals and some plants.”

Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) - Ar - Argon
noble gas 
“The name “argon” is derived from the Greek word αργον meaning “lazy” or “the inactive one”, a reference to the fact that the element undergoes almost no chemical reactions. The complete octet (eight electrons) in the outer atomic shell makes argon stable and resistant to bonding with other elements. Argon was first produced by removing all the oxygen, carbon dioxide, water and nitrogen from a sample of clean air. It is mostly used as an inert shielding gas in welding and other high-temperature industrial processes where ordinarily non-reactive substances become reactive; for example, an argon atmosphere is used in graphite electric furnaces to prevent the graphite from burning. Argon gas also has uses in incandescent and fluorescent lighting.”

Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) - N - Nitrogen
“Nitrogen is volatile element that converts to a stable gas at room temperature. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and is a common element in the universe. its occurrence there is thought to be entirely due to synthesis by fusion in supernovas. The extremely strong bond in elemental nitrogen dominates nitrogen chemistry, causing difficulty for both organisms and industry in breaking the bond to convert it into useful compounds, but at the same time causing release of large amounts of often useful energy when the compounds burn, explode, or decay back into nitrogen gas. During the Middle Ages, The mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acids was known as aqua regia (royal water), celebrated for its ability to dissolve gold (the king of metals).”

Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader) - Be - Beryllium 
alkaline earth metal
“Because any beryllium synthesized in stars is short-lived, it is relatively rare in both the universe and in the crust of the Earth. It occurs naturally only in combination with other elements in minerals, and is present in many gemstones, the most notable being Beryl (an indian root of the name beryl, veḷiru, means “to become pale”). As a free element it is steel-gray, strong, and lightweight, but becomes brittle at room temperature. The high thermal conductivity of beryllium has led to its use in heat transport and heat sinking applications.”

RJ Mitte (Walter White, Jr.) - Te - Tellurium
“A brittle and easily pulverized metalloid, mildly toxic, with a metallic luster similar to tin in its pure state, and silvery-white when crystalline. A semiconductor, it shows a greater electrical conductivity in certain directions, depending on atomic alignment. It was first discovered in Transylvania, in a mineral containing tellurium and gold, and was named after the Latin word for “earth”, tellus. Gold telluride minerals are the most notable natural gold compounds. In humans, tellurium is partly metabolized into dimethyl telluride, a gas with a garlic-like odor which is exhaled in the breath of victims of tellurium toxicity or exposure.” 

Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) - O - Oxygen
“Its name derives from the Greek roots oxys (“acid”, literally “sharp”, referring to the sour taste of acids) and gοnos (“producer”, literally “begetter”), because at the time of naming, it was mistakenly thought that all acids required oxygen in their composition. It is a highly reactive element that readily forms compounds with almost all other elements. The compound O2 is an important part of the atmosphere, and is necessary to sustain terrestrial life. Both liquid and solid O2 are clear substances with a light sky-blue color caused by selective absorption and scattering of white light.”

Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) - Es - Einsteinium
actinide series
“Einsteinium was discovered as the debris of the first hydrogen bomb explosion, and named after Albert Einstein. The high radioactivity of einsteinium produces a visible glow and rapidly damages its crystalline metal lattice, with released heat of about 1000 watts per gram. Its short half life makes it difficult to study.”

Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) - At - Astatine
halogen group
“Astatine occurs on Earth only as the result of the radioactive decay of certain heavier elements. Much less is known about astatine than most other elements, as a visible piece of it would be immediately and completely vaporized due to the heat generated by its intense radioactivity. It is estimated to be either a black solid, or to have a metallic appearance. Due to its rarity (less than 28 grams on earth at any given time), scientists’ attempts to find it in nature resulted in a number of false discoveries.”

skyler white: the good, the bad, and the ugly


I wholeheartedly believe that to be truly appreciative of a character, you have to be willing to accept everything about them. to not only be blinded by your love of them to realize their faults, or to be fuelled by such violent hatred to neglect the good in them. And I don’t think this applies more to a fictional character, than it does to this fandom’s view on Skyler White. (she’s a saint vs. she’s a bitch)

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Why I think Moffat got the infertility issue right


Just a little meta because it’s on my mind.

When Amy told Rory that they did something to her on Demon’s Run that made her infertile, my husband slid me a look. “I’m waiting for you to start crying,” he said.

“No. I’m fine,” I said.

Not only am I fine, but I love how Moffat handled it with Amy and Rory.

Infertility is a horrible, horrible beast. There are days that you’re perfectly fine, that you can go “I’m OK with this. I’ve got a wonderful career and a husband who loves me and medical science that can do a lot. I’m under 35, I can do this.”

Then there are other days when you hate yourself. When you feel that your husband, who moved across an ocean for you, could do much better. You want kids, and he wants kids. But what you’re trying isn’t working. You go to the doctor. The drugs aren’t working. There’s more drugs you can take. Expensive procedures, but where do you draw the line? And even though you can and do live an fantastic life, surrounded by love, opportunities to travel and a fulfilling career, you feel like a failure — especially when you’re surrounded by a culture and social media that rubs it in your face. It is so hard to go on places like Facebook and see hundreds of photos of your peer’s newborn babies.

You’re also in mourning, dealing with this. You have to go through the grieving process, even if you never planned on having kids. Yes, Amy and Rory have River. It is obvious from “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” that Amy loves her daughter. Based on photos shot of shooting during episode 5, we see Amy act motherly toward River. She is proud of her. But it’s still different, and River is far more friend than daughter to either of her parents. Amy and Rory wanted a sibling for her, one they could actually raise. Now they can’t.

Different people react in different ways. I deal with mine by talking with my husband, by making this post. Based on “Pond Life” and the rapid deterioration between Amy and Rory, Amy got stuck in the anger stage of grieving. This is Amelia Pond, infamous for keeping her emotions bottled up. She handled the Melody/Mels/River situation by running and running and running until the Doctor was the one to make her stop in “The God Complex.” She even says this in the series 7 promo: “The traveling is starting to feel like running away.” Likewise, she ran from her wedding because she feared abandonment and commitment. But when Amy gets pushed into a corner enough, she will lash out. You will see her emotions. You see her tell Kovarian off about taking River away. You see her tell Rory about the infertility. Amy can’t go to a psychiatrist. First of all, Amy wouldn’t after childhood #1. Second, who would believe Amy and everything she’d went through? 

Amy is so much a mirror of the Doctor emotionally. No wonder they get along so well. Amy handled the infertility issue in a way that was in-character for her and that mirroring of the Doctor. They both run away so much until forced to confront themselves by a catalyst: River for the Doctor and Rory for Amy. Then they act and grow. When you look at Amy now and the Amy we met in “The Eleventh Hour,” it’s such a brilliant story of growth. Amy then acted in such a selfish manner in running away. Now, she’s grown to where she loves Rory so damn much that she is willing to sacrifice everything for him to be happy. And that is gorgeous — and all Moffat.

Breaking Bad - Say My Name: Walt is his own favorite villain


This episode had Walt at his absolute worst. His astronomical ego and carelessness pretty much ruined everything for him going forward.

And now I realize that’s why I love this character so much.

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