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I'm kind of saddened at how off the mark you seem to be seeing the message, Gail. I don't know about you, but in a HUGE number of places I go online, every time there's a female character who shows vulnerability, or who cries, or who isn't a total four-star badass, they're derided as being "awful, weak, and completely misogynistic". And hell, when normally strong female characters have moments when they need to cry, or be vulnerable, it's the same story.
A “huge number of places you go online?”
What about in the actual media?
There’s no scarcity of women who cry or cower, I doubt there will be any time soon. I hardly think we need to start a fundraiser for the continued existence of those portrayals.
We are at a point where we have SOME women who may do those things, but are also strong and capable and self-actualized and choosing their own destinies. But for some people, ‘SOME’ characters is clearly a flood, and we need to consider not making every character like that.
Well, I say…where is this flood? Where are the female-led superhero movies? How many action dramas on television have female leads? How many adventure comics have predominantly female casts?
It’s getting better, inch by inch, but every week we hear some executive saying female action heroes can’t anchor a film, despite the notable successes.
My concern at this point is not making sure there are lots of female characters who cower or want a husband. That number is out there already and it’s been self-perpetuating for a hundred years.
My concern is changing the thinking that there is simply SUCH a massive surplus of ‘strong’ women that it’s actually a problem, somehow.
Because it clearly is not.
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