In 1808, Napoleon, running out of scenic holiday destinations to invade, somehow totally forgot about his neighbor to the south, Spain. So that year he dispatched his troops, kicking off the Peninsular War.

Only 20 years old and working as a barmaid in the town of Valdepenas, Juana Galan was not expecting a surge of French soldiers to come storming through her village. But on June 6, that’s exactly what happened. At that time, most of the men were fighting Napoleon’s forces elsewhere in the nation. Juana, unfazed by things like rifles and Frenchmen and French riflemen, began organizing the women in her village to form a trap for the approaching army.

When the army arrived, Juana and her friends were ready. They dumped boiling water and oil on the French troops, which by all accounts will instantly take the fight out of pretty much anyone. Then Juana, armed with only a batan, beat back the heavily armed French cavalry with her squad of village women, almost none of whom were armed with guns.

The French retreated, giving up on capturing not just Juana’s town but the entire province of La Mancha, leading to ultimate Spanish victory. Today, she is seen in Spain as a national hero, a symbol of resistance, strength, patriotism, feminism and hitting shit with a stick.


That’s one hell of a portrait.

hitting shit with a stick

This is maybe the best portrait of anyone that I’ve ever seen, ever.

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Our Cosmic Address



Batgirl stares down the barrel of his gun.

Batgirl: You can change. You can.

In Batgirl 36, Cass demonstrates one of my favourite aspects of her as a superhero. Yes, she kicks a lot of physical ass. But she also believes every, everyone, has the ability to redeem themselves. And if she’s in a position to help them do it, she will take it.

Sherlock’s never had a friend. Many colleagues. Never a friend. Not until you.
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Power Girl (2009)


"That’s what makes you more powerful than any of us." — Batman


The only way I’m accepting this whole Agent Grayson thing is if they make him the Burt Macklin of the DCU.


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I stole an apple some time after I was born.
Do you think of me when you eat crumble?
I think God probably does.
It’s quite funny, really. He had the perfect world
and he let me and a snake and an apple
uproot it in a single day.

I opened a box they’d told me not to.
To be fair to myself, they gave me to a man
I’d never met. I’d never really met myself.
(My lungs and blood and hair were clay, once.)
That box was the only sort of history I had.
Wouldn’t you want to know your own story?

I abandoned a daughter and a kingdom
and ran away with a Trojan man. 
It has been decided that I wanted to go.
Even I’m not sure if I did anymore.
They sent a thousand ships and said they were for me.
(Secret: Troy was the only woman they wanted.)

The moral they intend us to take away is that
women are responsible for all the evils in the world.
I’d suggest you make your own moral instead.

Mine is that a single woman can uproot
an entire world of men with the simple act
of eating an apple, opening a box, loving a prince. 

No wonder they use everything they’ve got
to keep us soft and pliant. 

elisabeth hewer

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orphan black meme | ten characters
↳ sarah manning (4/10)

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