5 bad-ass rebellious Disney chicks

I’m not quite sure it was Walt Disney’s original idea to have such troubled, rebellious, and badass women, taking the lead in so many of his movies, but it’s one of my favorite aspects of the Disney “Princess” ‘verse. And after watching the glorious Lilo and Stitch last week, which, by the by, is hysterical, I was really picking up some very rebellious ‘tude from Lilo. She is such a little problem child! And despite Disney being the stereotypical “rainbow and sparkles” of the movie world, they write some great female characters, with a depth and realism that is so believable. Here are my top 5 favorite Disney rebel chicks.

1. Lilo Pelekai from Lilo and Stitch

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Lilo’s an orphan with a tragic past, and some serious disciplinary issues.  Her parents died in a car accident, and she was left to be raised by her young adult sister, Nani. They fight as most sisters do, screaming insults at each other, and wrestling. Lilo is pretty hard to control for Nani, and as a result she even almost gets taken away from Nani by Child Services. Wow, Child Services Disney? That’s dark. Lilo is not only a problem child, but a very queer sort of Luna Lovegood oddball. She has a fish friend, who lives in the ocean, whom she feeds a sandwich every day. She claims he predicts the weather. She has an oddity about her, but a  rebellious and fun loving spirit. Lilo really showcases the result of a a not-so-perfect home life, and breaks the mold of stereotypical perfect Disney princess lifestyle. She’s the product of a troubled upbringing, and ultimately it shines through when the pressure’s on. She acts out in her hula classes, even getting into a fight and biting a girl. Om nom. She’s such a little wild child!

2. Ariel from The Little Mermaid

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The Ariel we all know and love from Disney’s The Little Mermaid is quite different from the original Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. The original story depicts a young mermaid who falls in love with a Prince, and gives the Sea Witch her tongue in exchange for legs. She then goes to be with the Prince, who ultimately ends up marrying someone else. The Sea Witch tells the mermaid that if she kills the prince, and lets his blood drip onto her legs, she will turn back into a mermaid. The mermaid loves the Prince too much, and instead she sacrifices herself and turns into sea foam. Yep. She dies. Though she does get into heaven, so it isn’t all bad. In the Disney tale, she’s so not interested in the human world for the Prince initially. Instead, Ariel has collected a trove of human trinkets and treasures that make the people on hoarders look like bare minimalists. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and to her sisters, father, and friends, that is just the weirdest thing. She’s sort of like that goth teenage daughter who drives their parents insane by painting their fingernails black and blasting Marilyn Manson. Well, her daddy-o, King Tritan, ain’t having it. He’s like, “Yo, Ariel, you’re a mermaid, be happy with that! Now I’m going to destroy all your stuff!” Great move dad… you’ve got an angsty teenage daughter and you blow up all her stuff. There will be no repercussions from that. But… let’s be honest, Ariel… I think you had it pretty sweet living Under the Sea… I mean you’re a freaking mermaid! None the less, she completely defies her father’s wishes, and goes to visit the notoriously evil Sea Witch, Ursula. Ursula lives in this sort of back alley cave, and it totally looks like Ariel is going to buy some weird drugs from her. And she kind of does. Yep. She sells her soul to the witch. When it comes to rebels, selling your soul to a Witch and leaving your family for another world is pretty dang rebellious.

3. Tinkerbell from Peter Pan

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Tinkerbell is rebellious in both the original novelization by J M Barrie as well as the Disney flick, though probably a bit worse in the book. In the novel, Tink is a jealous and spoiled little fairy who loves Peter, and hates Wendy. She even tricks the Lost Boys into shooting Wendy while she flies through the air, striking Wendy’s heart with an arrow (though as it turned out, Wendy was spared as she was wearing a necklace.) That’s pretty psychotic, Tink. That’s some Mean Girls stuff from there. In the Disney movie, she’s still pretty snotty. She pulls Wendy’s hair, sticks her tongue out spitefully, and even betrays Peter by revealing Peter’s hidden location to Captain Hook in a fit of jealous rage. She’s like an hormonal ticking time bomb. Someone get this chick some Midol, for real. But I do love her wild and free-spirited pixie nature. She’s a ball of emotions, but she knows what she wants, and won’t even let a human girl stand in her way. Gotta love it.

4. Meg from Hercules

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Meg is an anti-hero, for sure. She starts off as the bad guy, and you don’t get any more rebellious than that. She’s in league with Hades, paying off her debt to him by helping him with his evil deeds and wicked chores. Yeah. She kind of sold her soul to the devil. Really Disney!? Now of course, she originally did this because she was in love with a guy. So it’s not like she’s a total idiot. “People do crazy things… when they’re in love.” And Meg is true blue: she loved a man so much she gave up her soul for him. And from the get go, she is conniving and sneaky, tricky Hercules into falling for her, so she can have her soul back. Hades wants him dead, you see, and Meg is totes willing to oblige to get her soul back from Hades. Ultimately, she ends up falling for Hunkules and rebels against her… rebelliousness. She’s all over the place, really. But I love that about her.

5. Mulan.

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Mulan! That gender-bending balls-to-the-wall crazy chick from China. Her father is drafted into the war, despite him being older and injured, so she’s all like, “Nope.” She chops off her long hair, suits up in her father’s armor, and enlists on his behalf. So she’s going to war, dressed as a man, on behalf of her family. You are breaking all the rules, girl. It’s the first time a Disney Princess has kind of been a Disney Prince. She even has an entire song about how she doesn’t feel right wearing all that traditional geisha make-up, and prancing around in fancy dresses. She really loves that rough and tumble tomboy lifestyle. But in this particular time period in Ancient China, for a daughter to commit this heinous act, is probably punishable by death. Definitely punishable by death. She takes the cake on this list, for being the most crazy rebellious of all the Disney princesses. Go Fa Mulan!


Featured image from Telegrafixs

Do you love any particular Disney Princess? Let me know in a comment!

Hoofing it through Hogsmeade: The Incredible Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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“Hogsmeade looked like a Christmas card; the little thatched cottages and shops were all covered in a layer of crisp snow; there were holly wreaths on the doors and strings of enchanted candles hanging in the trees.”

There are not many moments in my life when I am so excited that I squeal, jump up and down, and run around like a 5 year old girl who is meeting Santa Claus on Christmas Day. But this was one of those days. Mark and I got a chance to tour the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, on our vacation this year. As we entered Hogsmeade, we immediately took note of the sign above the entryway: “Please respect the spell limits.” The first thing we noticed were big wooden carts selling Butterbeer in the streets, and the Hogwarts Express, complete with the conductor.

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1) Honeydukes, the sweets shop. 2) Zonko’s Joke Shop. 3) The Owl Post, where wizards and witches can mail their letters. 4) Dervish & Banges, reparation of magical instruments.

What incredible attention to detail! From the signs, to the shop windows, to the sound effects, this was a very immersive experience. They truly recreated Hogsmeade as you could imagine it in the books and movies. We passed a window with a crying mandrake in it. I wanted to cuddle the poor guy! There was also a “Wanted” poster, with moving Sirius Black on it, acting crazy as usual. We attended an incredible “Wand ceremony,” where someone at random in a crowd of 30 is selected to test out a wand in Olivander’s shop… and they get to keep it! Some pretty interesting things were happening in that store…

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By far, the best store there has to be Honeydukes. You are surrounded by Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs, and Jelly Slugs! Mmmm! The colors and sweets in the store are a treat for your tongue as well as your eyes. And all of the shop clerks were dressed in appropriate Hogsmeade garb, despite the 90 degree temperatures. I felt kind of bad for them, they must have been extremely hot.

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1) Dragon Skeleton from The Forbidden Journey. 2) Butterbeer is just as good as they say. 3) Many of the props around the park come to life. For example, these Gilderoy Lockhart books in the window have an actual moving Gilderoy on the cover! 4) Adorn yourself with a pair of Spectrespecs, as seen on Luna Lovegood!

By far the coolest ride is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. It’s a mix of a twisty turny roller coaster, and a 3D movie experience. The ride takes place inside the Hogwarts castle, and the queue is styled like the Hogwarts greenhouse. The line for the ride isn’t boring at all, as you pass through the dark halls, several looming statues of famous witches and wizards, Dumbledore’s office, and talking paintings. It’s incredible!

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1) Three Broomsticks Inn was quite a hopping place, with ceiling to floor decor. 2) I thought these were Pensieves. They are just water fountains. 3) Make sure to meet the students from Beauxbatons Academy Of Magic and Durmstrang Institute. 4) Potages Cauldron shop had a big stack of cauldrons next to the door, and a very fancy sign. And of course I would want a self-stirring cauldron.

I can’t wait for the expansion of this world and the addition of Diagon Alley. I could think of a lot of things I would have liked to see in addition to what was there, but I know the park, small as it is, has taken loads of time and money thus far. I hope in the future, they bring out more dressed characters, including the more well known characters like Harry, Luna and Dumbledore. I also hope they include more magical experiences that aren’t necessarily thrill rides, but subtle magical encounters that are interactive. I know I would love a chance to throw on a cloak, break out my wand, and make some magic of my own.

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My tips for myself the next time I go: The Butterbeer is SUPER sweet. Drink it when you’re really thirsty. Wear a hat or bring an umbrella for shade while waiting in lines. Eat at the Three Broomsticks.

Until next time readers, mischief managed.

Geek Girl Pride is contagious! Stop bullies and trolls in their tracks by being proud.

Traditionally, geeks were the ones with their underwear pulled up out of their pants, their heads wet from swirlies in the toilet, and the “Kick me” sign taped to their back. Geeks are those weaker members of our culture who get bullied by non-geeks, for loving dorky things like video games, fantasy novels, math, science (and science fiction!), and anime.

Flash forward to today, and geeks are more widely accepted, even idolized and popularized on shows like the Big Bang Theory. The focus has now shifted to the ridicule of geek girls, or so-called fake geek girls. Geek girls are bullied, questioned, asked to prove themselves, or ridiculed for being involved in a subculture that’s been primarily dominated by men up until recently. This is a collection of some of my favorite geek girl, geek feminist, and nerd girl pride images, videos, and memes.

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This comic was posted to the Geek Girl Pen Pals Facebook by Kitsune Ninetails. It’s originally from One stop humor.

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What began as an attack on so-called “fake nerd girls” was quickly reclaimed by awesome geek girls. You can read a lot of the story here. Picture from The Mary Sue.

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Via Cosplay is not Consent

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Via Rad Rangy

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Source: “Ren in a comic book store” by All the Fun

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If you’re looking for a couple more “geek girl” specific posts from my blog, be sure to check out That awkward moment when George Takei’s Duela Dent Facebook post turned into a geek girl gender war, Geek Girl Advice: Things I wish I could tell my geeky 13-year old self, and
Geek Girl Advice: Things I wish I could tell myself before my first LARP
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Other Geek Girl websites that deserve a shoutout!
Geek Girl Con
Geek Girls Rule
Geek X Girls
Jezebel – not exclusively geek, but lots of empowering chick stuff here!
Nerd Girl News
The Mary Sue

Also make sure to check out two of my favorite geek girl communities (that I am on staff for!), The Larpettes and the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club! These are fantastic, positive, and encouraging communities that lift us geek chicks up. The Larpettes is an exclusively female community, but guys are totally welcome to hang out with Iggles at the IGGPPC!

I hope these images a sites encourage all my geek girls and geek guys out there to live loud and proud.


Leave me a comment! Post a link to your favorite “Geek girl pride” examples, comics, videos, or pictures!

Moon Prism Power! Why Sailor Moon is the perfect female superhero

“Our great symbol for the Goddess is the moon, whose three aspects reflect the three stages in women’s lives and whose cycles of waxing and waning coincide with women’s menstrual cycles.” – Carol P. Christ

People wonder who the ultimate and most powerful chick superhero (or villain) is. They can make cases for Wonder Women, Batgirl, Cat Woman, Jean Grey, and so many others. As I was falling asleep last night, I was imagining what my own personal superpower is, if I already have one. On that note, what would any women’s natural superpower be? Obviously, the power of the moon! This wasn’t a Sailor Moon induced thought, it was based on the realization that throughout time and history, the moon has symbolically always represented women.

Women’s bodies are controlled by the moon.
So the lunar month is approximately 28 days. And a women’s… you know… time of the month (how discreet am I?) is approximately 28 days. Coincidence? Probably. It’s been chalked up to humans being evolved enough to adjust their cycle to something they could easily track it with, like the waxing and waning of the moon. But… still pretty freaking cool! So if – hypothetically – the moon controls my body in such a natural and ancient way… what other cool things does the moon do for me?

The Moon is the Goddess and Queen!
The moon is ultimately a very feminine celestial body. It represents the zodiac cancer, which is Sailor Moon’s (and my personal) zodiac. This zodiac is associated with mother-like qualities such as being nurturing, emotional and intuitive. The moon also represents the ancient Goddess of cunning folk and pagan peoples, who worshiped it as a divine being. The ultimate female being, a Goddess! And we all know that Sailor Moon is the leader of the pack. The moon, despite not being a planet, is the most powerful of all the scouts symbols. She’s also the rightful Queen of the Earth – Sailor Moon is destined to become “Sovereign of the Earth”! Nothing says Goddess like ruling over everyone with a fluffy fist.

She’s a flawed character whose interests are not necessarily feminine.
Something else that always struck me about Sailor Moon’s character was her obsession with over-eating fast food and sweets, being a big crybaby, her chronic tardiness, and her love comic books. Sure, it’s funny to think about – but this is a pretty non-feminine and irresponsible sounding character type for the leader of the Sailor Scouts. She’s an ironic superhero who didn’t necessarily want this job. She’s not necessarily a girly girl – she just does what she loves, and some might say her interests are rampant among men as well. But despite her lazy, comic book and hamburger loving ways, she steps up and completely owns it as Sailor Moon.

All of the scouts are symbolic astrological God and Goddess representations.
The scouts all have their own symbolic personalities. When they transform or summon their power, you can often see their astrological symbol (representative of their planet) near them. These symbols have meaning that can be traced back to ancient Greece and oddly enough, corresponds pretty well with the character’s behavior.

  • Sailor Moon : Selene, Goddess of the Moon : Zodiac Cancer
  • Sailor Mercury : Hermes, God of Science (and other things) : Zodiac Virgo
  • Sailor Mars : Ares, God of War : Zodiac Aries
  • Sailor Jupiter : Zeus, God of Thunder : Zodiac Sagittarius
  • Sailor Venus : Aphrodite, Goddess of Love : Zodiac Libra

It’s really easy to see how the characters from Sailor Moon possess the qualities of their patron deity, zodiac, and planet. I only went over the Inner Senshi, but the symbolism extends to the Outer Senshi and some of the other characters as well. Hands down, Sailor Moon is the best chick super hero, laced with ancient feminine symbolism, and a bad ass to boot. In the name of the moon, I will punish you!


Please leave a comment telling me who YOU think the ideal female superhero is!

Quick, easy, and cheap last-minute geeky Halloween costumes!

As a person who is exceptionally passionate about costuming, LARPing, and fandoms, I have more than enough costumes on hand for any party theme. Most people dress up once a year. I dress up once a month. And I’ve hosted my fair share of theme and Halloween parties. Sometimes, people don’t show up in costume. What a buzz kill! But fortunately, I’ve developed some quick and painless costumes you could easily throw together in the last few moments before a party. Perfect for people who forgot to get a costume together, people who want to save some money this Halloween, or who just don’t want to go to a lot of trouble – but still be a big hit with their geeky friends! And remember – role-playing helps to bring a costume to the next level!

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A Hipster Disney Princess

Do you have a yellow dress, and a book? Maybe a red and blue top, stuffed woodland creature, and a yellow skirt? Perhaps a purple t-shirt, green jeans, and a fork. Add a pair of hipster glasses, and you’ve got instant hipster Disney Princess.

No Face from Spirited Away, or Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service

To re-create No Face, all you need a black balloon, a piece of paper, and some markers. Cut out an oval, draw the No Face face, tape it to the black balloon, and carry it around with you. Or you can just wear the mask right over your own face! Simply wear all black. I did this costume for my dog a couple of years ago. Easy and quick! Kiki is quick and painless too. A purple dress, red bow and a broom. Easy as can be!


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Dexter Morgan

A green long sleeved shirt, black gloves, and a fake bloody knife. Voila! Instant morally conflicted serial killer. You can take the costume to the next level with a black apron and plastic face shield mask, available at your local home improvement store. Make sure to sneak up on people and poke a fake syringe into their neck.


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Someone from Star Trek

A monochromatic t-shirt or dress in blue, red, or yellow, and a piece of paper designed to look like a communicator pin, and you’re in business! Make sure everyone knows the star date, and run around asking people to beam you up! Just don’t be the red shirt…

Hogwarts Student

A tie, graduation robe, cloak, sweater, or simply just a plaid skirt and a button-up white shirt will easily make this costume. I had an old church choir robe that I used in a pinch to throw together Moaning Myrtle. You can carry around a broom or a wand so people are sure to recognize you!

A Zombie from the Walking Dead

You can take any outfit you already have, and rip it to shreads. Cover your face in fake blood, and you’re set! Simply shamble off. Added fun: Add hipster glasses, and you can say you liked to eat brains before it was cool.

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Luna from Sailor Moon

A traditional black cat costume, with a geeky twist! Cut a yellow moon out of paper, and tape it your forehead. Ask everyone where Serena or Usagi has gone off to, and sound very frustrated in that adorable British accent of hers.

Louise from Bob’s Burgers

All you need is a green dress, a pink bunny eared hat, and you have instant snarky burger queen!

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Cosplayed by dochappenin as seen on DeviantArt

Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A hockey stick and a baseball bat are probably enough for people to get it, but a mask would make it perfect. Draw the mask onto a piece of computer paper, cut it out, and attach. Voila!

The 9th, 10th or 11th Doctors

Depending on what kind of a suit selection you have, it’s easy enough to pull off one of the Doctors. A sonic screwdriver is the perfect accessory to make sure people know who you are! Make sure to break out a few famous quotes, (“Allons-y!”) or ask people if they’ve seen Rose, Donna, or River. Don’t be afraid to take applications for a new companion!

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Photo by RubberDogTurds on Reddit

Any number of Meme/Internet Costumes
From Gersberms girl, to the socially awkward penguin, to Antoine Dodson! Some cardboard and paint will easily make you a meme sign. Design yourself as a YouTube video by constructing the YouTube interface on poster board. Or a red bandana and afro – and voila, hide yo kids, hide yo wives. There’s a whole lot of great Internet themed ideas here.

A crew member of Serenity

Depending on what you’ve got available, you could probably pull off one of the cast members of Firefly quickly. Find a Hawaiian shirt, a plastic dinosaur, and a cheesy sense of humor to quickly pull of Wash. A brown trenchcoat and a fake gun are a quick Malcolm Reynolds. Some John Lennon sunglasses and a nice white dress shirt, black vest, and black pants make an easy Simon Ram. And combat boots, a dress, and acting really weird turns you into instant River Tam.

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Spoiler alert

Make a sign that says “Spoiler alert” and rattle them off for the masses. Anytime someone talks to you, shout a spoiler. “Dumbledore dies!” “Bruce Willis is a ghost!” “Ned Stark gets his head chopped off!” “Soylent green is people!” People may hate you by the end of the night.


Featured image from Infinity House Magazine

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