Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mid-Week Read: Strong Female Character

Read this lovely, long article on the Strong Female Character.
The Strong Female Character has something to prove. She’s on the defensive before she even starts. She’s George from The Famous Five all grown up and still bleating with the same desperate lack of conviction that she’s “Every Bit As Good as a Boy”.

Nowadays the princesses all know kung fu, and yet they’re still the same princesses. They're still love interests, still the one girl in a team of five boys, and they’re all kind of the same. They march on screen, punch someone to show how they don’t take no shit, throw around a couple of one-liners or forcibly kiss someone because getting consent is for wimps, and then with ladylike discretion they back out of the narrative’s way.
This is partly why I rarely watch movies any more. I haven't gone out to a cinema since November last year. I'm tired of watching Men Doing Things.

Anyway, go read the whole article, and tell me what you think.

And while you're at it, read this profile of a famous and powerful woman: Marissa Mayer. I found it fascinating: it's long but I couldn't look away. The article does a wonderful job of showing her personality, as someone who's difficult but brilliant.

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