REBLOG: more women in dark academia please!

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All the films and novels of dark academia revolves around a group of guys and maybe a girl or two who are minor characters. Dead Poet’s Society, The Goldfinch, The Secret History, Kill Your Darlings all revolve around males. The only female-led dark academia film is Mona Lisa Smile. [edit: since I wrote this post, I’ve watched a few more female-led dark academia films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Mary Shelley]. We need to see more women in dark academia! Not just as minor characters or the ‘girlfriend’ or ‘wife’—not that there’s anything wrong with that—but as their own people. A female in relation to the world or another female instead of a female in relation to a male. 

shot by my sister @itsyoyo703

I want to see messy-haired girls, long-haired girls or girls with wavy, chopped bobs. Crimson-stained lips or pale lips, dark eyes with a galaxy…

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3 thoughts on “REBLOG: more women in dark academia please!

  1. I am not sure what you mean my “dark academia” but I feel like there are a lot. It’s strange because The Goldfinch was written by a female author, but the boy protagonist has many female elements. I wondered why she made her main character male. Would the Girl in the Train qualify? I was thinking Where the Crawdads Sing might fit your definition. Jane Eyre is definitely dark. Honestly, anything by the Bronte sisters have a very dark quality to it. What about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane? It is set around a female protagonist who has a certain darkness, but I am not sure if I am defining it the right way. I have others, but I will hold off until I have a better understanding. Love the question, though. I never thought about dark female protagonists.


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