We’ve been seeing a slew of strong female characters in our movies lately. Atomic Blonde, Ocean’s 8, Ghostbusters (2016), the Star Wars sequel trilogy… And yet, these characters are not really strong, they’re not believable, they don’t have any real CHARACTER… They’re not even interesting in concept. Nobody cares, except social justice warriors – a fringe group of shrieking harpies who statistically don’t even care about the very things they demand.
Get woke, go broke, as they say. The numbers prove, even SJWs don’t give a shit about so-called ‘social justice.’
Strong female characters have been in fiction for as long as fiction has existed. Here’s a list of strong female characters that everybody loves just off the top of my head: Ripley (Alien); Furiosa (Mad Max); Princess Leia (Star Wars); Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail); Cortana (Halo); Samus Aran (Metroid); Hermione Granger (Harry Potter); Catwoman (Batman); Black Widow (Marvel Comics); and of course, Wonder Woman.
Some of those characters, and many more, have been around for decades. Some of them have only been around for a short while. My point is, it’s not difficult to make believable, relatable, interesting strong female characters. It’s when you do it artificially that it becomes a problem. Making a character female and overpowered is not a character at all. I’m looking at you, Rey from Star Wars, Rose from Star Wars, and Laura Dern from Star Wars….
Okay, seriously? Laura Dern? Of all the superior female actresses they could have hired to play a fucking admiral, they picked Laura Dern? Really? … Anyway, back on point…
It’s good to try to use art, or a franchise, to convey something to the general public. If you want to make a powerful female character for little girls to look up to, make your characters a damn character. Give them a personality other than “I’m a bitch.” Give them strengths other than “I can beat up men.” Give them weaknesses, like what real people have, instead of, you know, none whatsoever.
But most importantly, don’t undermine women as a whole in the process.
When you go so far out of your way to make strong female characters, it’s insulting to women. You are essentially saying that women are not good enough as they are. You are saying they have to be powerful. They have to be stronger than men. They have to be the smartest one in the room. They have to be this or that. It’s more than unrealistic standards, it’s insulting, because when you lay such unrealistic standards on women, you’re basically telling them they’re not good enough unless they achieve that specific standard. Making artificial strong women just negates the social justice end goal you’re trying to achieve in the first place.
I’m writing a series with a strong female character at its center. In my perhaps-not-so-humble opinion, I think I did a great job making a strong female character for this series. If you want to know how I did it, read this post. It’ll be the first in my Character Analysis series on this blog. Or, you could always just read the books themselves, which you can order here.