My parents aren’t home
You know what that means
*sits in the living room instead of sealing myself away in my room*
When we live in a world where you can access free content of naked consenting women in less than 5 seconds, why are people still invading the privacy of non-consenting women for nudes?
Hint: It has something to do with people feeling entitled to making any woman their personal porn, even if it violates or humiliates her in the process.
I wish more people looked up to Ginny the way they look up to Hermione.
There’s loads of other ways Ginny fought sexism:
- She didn’t let her family tell her she couldn’t do things because she was a girl. She secretly learned to fly when her brothers wouldn’t let her use their brooms. And she fought as much as they did, she wouldn’t stand aside when they tried to keep her out of things.
- She wouldn’t let her brothers slut-shame her for acting like a normal teen. Especially when they had been done the same or wanted to the same.
- She grew up as the only girl in the Weasley clan and she was the most magically powerful of the siblings. She impressed her brothers with her hexes. Which outdid theirs.
- She stood up to boys at Hogwarts. She showed she wasn’t willing to cower to them.
- She didn’t let her boyfriends treat her like an inferior. She dumped Michael and Dean for not treating her as an equal.
- She was attractive and popular but she didn’t use that to get her own way with boys.
- She was the only one who could match (or exceed) Harry on the Quidditch pitch. I’d be shocked if she didn’t become Captain of the Gryffindor team.
- She was the best flyer at the Quidditch try-outs. Beating all the boys there. She was also the best chaser at Hogwarts. Outdoing any boys on the school teams.
- Four of her brothers also played Quidditch, but she was the only one who had a professional career in the sport.
- She was one of the leaders of Dumbledore’s Army (which she named). Proving she was as capable of leadership as Harry or Neville. She was respected by the boys in the D.A.
- She stood up against Snape and Amycus Carrow.
- She fought male Deatheaters.
- She was underage when she fought in the Battle of Hogwarts but she survived it when older wizards didn’t. She was one of the people awarded a medal.
- After leaving Hogwarts she joined the Holyhead Harpies. The only all-female team in UK Quidditch league. She was a “celebrated player”, so she routinely beat her male counterparts on other teams.
- She juggles a successful career, a happy marriage, and three children. And she does it well.
Ginny gave the finger to sexism while showing girls are equal to boys. She should be an inspiration to every HP fan. It’s ironic that sexism is a big part of why she gets insulted by some of the fandom.
I’d also like to point out that she had lots of female friends! Just because she liked sports and the more violent of the magical arts didn’t mean she was friends with only boys, or only cared about them. She went out of her way to befriend Luna, showing both compassion and a will to stand up for someone who was bullied, she and Hermione had a bond that was only hinted at in the books because it was entirely outside of Harry’s experience, and she consistently stood up for Cho Chang, Lavender, Parvati, etc. when she thought the boys were being too harsh on them, even when she didn’t like or agree with their behaviour.
She was invited to join the Slug Club on her intellectual merit alone - because Slughorn saw her perform the best Bat-Bogey hex he’d ever seen.
When she was possessed by the diary Horcrux she fought against it enough that she managed to throw it away, and when that didn’t work and she became re-possessed she still retained enough knowledge of what was happening to her that she tried to tell someone so that something could be done to protect the school. She was eleven, and she resisted Voldemort for MONTHS successfully.
When Harry feared that he was being possessed she sat him down and explained what that felt like, despite having some obvious trauma associated with her memories of the diary. COMPASSION, plus cool thinking and logic, and a remarkable comfort in her own skin.
TL;DR: GINNY WEASLEY IS A HUGE FEMINIST BADASS, one of my favourite HP characters, and if you don’t like her you probably only saw the movies.