Sara Lance is important to me because she made it her priority to defend women from violence; not only defend them, but she also empowered them. Fictional characters she’d saved looked up to her; girl and women in real life watching felt empowered because of her.
I could talk about why personally this has been so painful to me. I could talk about how Sara Lance gave me courage to be more open about my sexuality. I could talk about how Sara Lance paved the way for queer characters in live-action mediums.
But instead I’m gonna talk about the night the episode “The Calm” aired; I was so upset I commented on it on Facebook. A friend of mine replied because her young daughter was inconsolable. She’s been going to genre cons for years, loves comic books — finally there was a character for her! On television nonetheless…. And then, there wasn’t.
It doesn’t matter that there will be another Canary; it doesn’t matter it will be Sara’s sister. What matters is that the episode proved to every young girl watching it that not all superheroes are created/treated equally.
Female superheroes are fallible and mortal and replaceable in the Arrow narrative. Male superheroes get to live through mirakuru, poison arrows; they survive bullets and knee fractures.
Female superheroes don’t.
According to the song Seasons of Love from RENT, there are 525,600 minutes a year.
One line later, there are “525,000 Moments so dear”.
So, doing the math, we can glean that there are 600 moments which aren’t so dear.
And I think I just used one of them by walking in on my boss who forgot to lock the bathroom stall.
this post did not even remotely go in the direction I was expecting it to