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Two Epic Heroines and the Ethics of Care

The Hunger Games trilogy is a fantastic ride, filled with
heartfelt emotion and heart-pumping excitement, but it’s also
a journey of moral development. Along with Katniss, we grow
into a deeper understanding of the complexity of morality and
moral reasoning. Experiencing Katniss’s trials, we come to
recognize that sometimes the answers to ethical questions are
more complicated than the one-size-fits-all answers offered by
the impartial morality of the justice perspective. Above all, we
must follow Katniss’s example of cherishing our memories of
natural caring and letting them instill in us the ideal of ethical
caring. In that way, we prepare ourselves to answer the cry of
a world that’s hungry for people who care.

Averill, Lindsey Issow.“Sometimes the World Is Hungry for People Who Care: Katniss and the Feminist Care Ethic.” The Hunger Games and Philosophy. Ed. Dunn, George A. and Nicolas Michaud. 175-6.
Hunger Games Philosophy
In addition to having read this chapter in The Hunger Games and Philosophy, which discusses Katniss and the ethics of care, I also recently applied the ethics of care to Daenerys Targaryen of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Because both series are wonderful, and Katniss and Daenerys are some of my favorite fictional heroines, I thought I would take some time to discuss my thoughts on them here–in relation to the ethics of care.
What is it about Katniss and Dany that make them both such marvelous heroines? My theory is that one of the reasons why readers find these ladies irresistible not to root for, is because they are deeply caring, humanistic characters who adhere to the ethics of care.
 
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Yes, Katniss may be a bit rough around the edges and have a difficult time expressing her emotions and understanding her own feelings. Yes, Daenerys might occasionally breathe fire. But at their core, they truly care about the people that inhabit their world, most especially the people they consider their family. Averill argues that Katniss moves from the act of natural caring (caring for our family and people who are very close to us) to ethical caring, which is applying that natural care to people who are perhaps tangential in our lives, people on the periphery, or people who are suffering that we have never met before. It is very obvious that Dany makes this sort of progress as well. She begins not just to care for her family (her dragons and her khalasar), but also for the Unsullied soldiers who follow her, and ultimately for the masses of slaves that she frees.
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Katniss and Dany are both protectors–both mothers, in their own way. Katniss continually grows to extend her care to all the people of Panem–even people of the Capitol (once considered wasteful, frivolous, and overly privelaged) as Dany extends her care to all slaves (even though a slave women was the original cause of losing her husband and unborn child). Both Katniss and Dany are fierce in their caring–and we love them all the more for being so. There is a lot more the ethics of care that I’m not covering here.
For more reading on the ethics of care, see the very helpful article below:

Held, V. (2008). Gender identity and the ethics of care in globalized society. In R. Whisnant & P. DesAutels (Eds.), Global Feminist Ethics (pp. 43-57). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Also see my thoughts on Daenerys’ care ethics and the privacy of minors (for my Information Ethics course last semester):

Daenerys and the Ethics of Care

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January 28, 2014 · 10:31 pm

The Ultimate Friendship Playlist–By Molly and Stephanie

This is a playlist to commemorate the friendship of Stephanie and me! We created this list together. Some of these songs describe us, but most are just songs we’ve had great times too, or were our favorites for the 6+ hour journey from Nacogdoches to San Antonio and back again….

Can’t believe that five and a half years ago we met at SFA!

Here’s to us!

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Lollipop–Framing Hanley
(we listened to this song how many times on our road trips???)
500 Miles (I’m Gonna Be)–The Proclaimers  (Our ultimate road trip song)
How Do You Do–Cascada
You Belong With Me–Taylor Swift
Ye Jacobites–Eddi Reader (For our journey through the Scottish Highlands and our awesome tour modern day Jacobite tour guide)
Get Low–Lil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz
Uptown Girls–Billy Joel (Because we’re classy!)
Hanging By a Moment–Lifehouse (Because we went to a free Lifehouse concert…where we could have enlisted in the Army)
Bohemian Rhapsody–Queen (another road trip classic to sing at the very top of our lungs!)
Don’t Stop Believing–Journey (Our love of Glee and 80’s music of course)
We Are Going to Be Friends–The White Stripes (we were destined to be friends)
I’ll Make a Man Out of You–From Mulan (we sing out this song AND re-enact what happens in the movie)
He Lives In You (reprise)–From Lion King the Musical (ran a stop sign doing an interpretive dance to this song….we are AWESOME)
ABC Cafe/Red & Black–From Les Miserables (Because we both love Eddie Redmayne and revolutionary ballads)
Game of Thrones (HBO) Theme Song(almost decided to put the Pillars of the Earth theme song here, but decided instead that Game of Thrones’ theme is more us)
Wild Ones–Flo Rida (BECAUSE WE’RE WILD!!!!! Don’t argue)

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When You Are Old by W. B. Yeats

It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this, I always get goosebumps. Words of poetry are just so beautiful when brought to life by being read aloud. It seems to me that they have even more power that way. I may never truly be a poet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate (and sometimes envy) the power that poetry has–it’s something separate, something a bit different than prose and fiction.

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Fashioning

Recently I have actually been asked to blog or write an article about my personal fashion sense and my clothes picking/shopping strategies.

I find this surreal and utterly impossible to believe as I own a pair of both Halloween AND Christmas themed striped knee socks and I often use Doctor Who themed pins to cover holes in my blouses. Also, up until I entered the collegiate world, I dressed like this:

High school photo of me

(See y’all, academia is good for more than just improving those book smarts)

 

This one isn’t so bad: I tried to find the picture I have of myself in high school wearing a plaid skirt, fuzzy knee socks, and my Josh Groban concert t-shirt but failed in my search.

So here goes: fashion, fashion, fashion, fashion. What do I think about fashion?

Being a feminist and a socialist, I have read and heard a great deal bemoaning the fashion industry. As a socialist, I have problems with the exploitive pursuits of the fashion industry in terms of some companies’ outsourcing and manufacturing methods and working conditions in developing countries. As a feminist, I have problems with the exploitive pursuits of many of the fashion industry’s advertising campaigns. You shouldn’t have to be half-naked to feel desirable (and besides, unless you live here in South/Central Texas in the summer, it’s really just too chilly for that).

But besides these problems, I’ve also always felt that fashion and those who enjoy expressing themselves through creating their own style, have been unjustly looked down upon. Fashion and those who enjoy fashion have often been labeled as “silly,” or “vapid,” or “vain,” or “shallow.”

And that is not, in my opinion, necessarily the case. Throughout history and most especially in Europe and the United States during the Victorian period, women and men used clothing and accessories to express themselves and their views. Those times were not the most expressive times in terms of speech. Freedom of speech (especially in Britain and Europe, but in the U.S. as well) for women (or even men) was not encouraged. Victorians often used their fashion sense to express some of those feelings they were not allowed to feel or not supposed to feel.

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From the Metropolitan Museum

For me the clearest examples of fashion as self-expression come from the Victorian period (let’s face it–the bustle was meant to accentuate something folks, and it was not necessarily the Angel in the House’s modesty!) But this is really true of all time periods.

Because fashion has been in recent centuries associated with the feminine, I think it has been looked down upon and labeled as silly and shallow. I think anyone with this attitude needs to watch a good, healthy dose of What Not To Wear reruns (Stacy and Clinton are fashionistas, but they are clearly capable of being deeply caring, intellectual human beings).

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This will conclude my quick rant on fashion. Now on, to my own personal style tips.

Here are some fashion/shopping guidelines I live by:

1. If you are buying pants, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS  try them on. Pants are deceiving in nature. Holding them up against your waist to check the length only is not a good way to measure how long they will be on you. Trust me people, I know these things, I’m short.

2. If it has an owl on it, say yes. If it is neon yellow, say no.

3. Avoid stores with too much overhead lighting and obnoxious techno music. It’s best to be chillaxed when picking out clothes, not raving/hyperventilating.

4. Head for the clearance aisle/rack first and then make your way around the rest of the store.

5. To guarantee the most successful shopping trip possible, only shop in one of these circumstances: go when you’ve been dumped, when you’ve dumped someone, when you’re not supposed to be shopping, with friends you haven’t seen in more than two months, or with your Mom (or other close female relative).

6. Shop with no expectations whatsoever. In other words don’t go to the store with an agenda such as: I need to find black pants. Or, I need to find professional clothing. THIS IS A SUREFIRE WAY TO NOT FIND ANY CLOTHING YOU ARE WILLING TO BUY AT ALL. (Note: this ONLY applies for shopping for clothes for oneself; I am usually perfectly able to find something with an agenda if I’m buying gifts–but I mostly do this online.) Go instead with an open mind, an open heart, and more importantly–a very open wallet. Go with the simple thought: I might spend some money on clothing for myself today.

7. Goodwills, salvage, non-profit, and charity clothing shops are the bomb dot com. It’s harder and takes more stamina to rummage through all those aisles of overalls and musty-smelling, velveteen recital dresses from the eighties, but helping other people when you can, even minimally by purchasing something from one of these shops, is always worth it.

 

Now, I will leave you with my style icons below:

 

Audrey Hepburn (The Classiest in Class!)

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Kate Middleton (Obvious)

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Queen Victoria (We are most amused!)

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Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Oscar Wilde (No one can pull off a fur coat and pimp cane like he could. NO ONE)

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Rachel Berry of Glee

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The  Pretty Little Liars

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Kiera Knightley in ANY MOVIE

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Stevie Nicks

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and…the finale: my main fashion icon: Zooey Deschanel

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*I just want to note; this blog post is not meant to be scholarly or informed at all. I did not do research to write this and I will not be posting sources to back up my statements/opinions. These are merely my opinions and views that I have gathered throughout my somewhat limited years on this planet earth. Also, all of these pictures were found on a Google image search (except for the one of me of course; Google Molly Miller, and you will get a lot of images of fish….)

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