strong female character

People can like characters for different things and in different ways, but any time someone says that they liked Iris best in season two because she was a “strong female character” I admit I find myself more than a little skeptical.

For the first half of the season, she was barely a character ON the show, strong or otherwise. (It’s hard to be strong OR weak when you are barely present.) Her story arc with her mother had promise, but it was forgotten for several episodes and, once brought back up, very quickly made about Joe. She popped up every so often to make Barry feel better (such as the episode she gets his dad to come back for him), but when it came to her own grief, she was talked ABOUT more than she was talked TO. “How is Iris doing?” However she’s doing, she’s doing it offscreen!

At least people who say they liked her best in season 1 have her reporter arc to look to. Season 2…she barely existed until the back half, and that’s oddly when I saw many of these people starting to dislike her character again. About the time she started getting actual screen time and the show remembered the story it had written in S1 again. Curiouser and curiouser.

It seems to me that a lot of people who hold up season 2 as the halcyon days for Iris’s character really just like Iris best when she’s as far removed as humanly possible from the overall narrative - and certainly from the hero. And, yeah, that makes any claim that they “really love her BUT…” pretty damn suspect.

I’m sure there are people who don’t really like Caitlin (or Joe, or Wally, or Cisco, or any version of Wells…) who like her best when she’s not around for more than a minute and a half, too.

anonymous asked:

I remember finding a post once and it went something like this; Other Video Game Writers: Ughhh! Writing strong, independent female characters is just too hard! There's no way this can be done! The Pokémon Writers: *All the female Trainers suddenly pop up* I'm sorry, what was that? Uh-huh.... that's what I thought. -Smol Fitey

//Literally you just… don’t make them weak, helpless, damsel in distress sex models only out for the romantic affections of the overly-masculine male protagonist.

Now, sprinkling like one or two of those traits in there is okay, but so long as they’re not the core focus. Female characters can be hopelessly in love with a a guy- that’s fine, it happens, but like as long as that’s not their entire character arc and they have other strengths and weaknesses aside from “Literally only cares about Male protag A”

Pokemon does that right I think- especially since 9/10 times the female characters are some of the strongest. To this day people STILL Fear Cynthia and I think that’s something to be respected- that ten years after a games release, one girl stands out as one of the most terrifying trainers in the game- in the entire series really.

I mean, nobody says ‘strong male character’ because no one is starving for strong male characters. The term means nothing because you can’t throw a rock in Hollywood without hitting 200 strong male characters.

We are drowning in a sea of one dimensional, gutless and helpless women (written by men) who are waiting to be saved by men. So much so that when miraculously we find one, we have to call her a ‘strong female character’ to differentiate her from the peripheral background props for the men that most women in movies are. What we really mean is realistic female character; believable female character; independent female character; a female character that is more than a pair of lips and breasts that generate drama and turmoil for the male character’s development.

“Sucker Punch is literally designed to be a sucker punch. If you look back at when the film was getting ready to come out, the media and build-up around it were trawling for nerd dudes hard. Various magazines and media coverage were going bonkers over it because “holy shit look at these hot girls in sexy outfits and katanas its like my anime come to life. But don’t worry its totally feminist because they’re Strong Female Characters!” Snyder was banking on that. Everything about the films marketing was designed to convince you that it was a Whedon-esque action film about hot girls doing flips. Then the film comes out and aggressively compares that Whedon brand of post-feminism with lobotomy, rape, and the destruction of agency. That’s one of the reasons why the reaction to it was so visceral.

While I think it could’ve been executed a bit better, I am still in awe at the sheer audacity of spending $80 million to yell at nerds for two hours.”

Eight of the strongest female characters

1. She was so strong that our hero, who had always admired her strength, was moved by her murder to find within himself the power to finally defeat the Platinum Wraith.

2. Her physical awesomeness was such that armour would have only hampered her. Since she had solemnly sworn to uphold the rule of law and that included the part on public decency, she always made sure to wear at least a bra and some shorts, even though she could probably have beaten that spider god first time if it hadn’t been for the sticking-in underwire.

3. She was so strong that her only weakness was love. And also generosity. And wistfulness, that was also her only weakness. And maybe anger. But apart from feelings, she was totally as strong as all the other strong people.

4. Actually her strength was feelings. But in a science way. Through the brilliant alchemy of her brain, she was able to show that Einstein’s equations solved perfectly for all quantum universes if corrected for the force of love. And goodness me, wasn’t it fortunate that she found her own capacity for love just as her planet fell towards the black hole?

5. She could punch through a brick wall, leap over a canyon and stink out a hyena den. Unable to secure an advertising contract, she had to fall back on stress-testing superhero armour in a factory to pay the bills.

6. Her strength came entirely from within; from that deep, secret, mysterious and kind of moist place inside her where the moon’s pallid magic weaves its unknowable mystery.

7. She was definitely the strongest at sass and at least in the top ten at flirting. Some of the younger members of the team suspected that she might not have any real hero powers at all, but every time the issue came up she would fire off approximately a mega-bant of sass, leaving them disarmed and gasping.

8. Everyone agreed that she was as strong as ten women; so strong, in fact, that there was no need to even have the other nine women in the team, which was absolutely great, you’ve no idea how helpful that is, because there are only eleven seats on the hero bus and the others have already been promised to men and have you seen the prices of new buses these days?

Happy International Women’s Day, all my lovely doves!
It seems like an appropriate day to finally show you my submission piece for Celebration Orlando (which didn’t get chosen - but I’m gonna keep trying). I think a big part of what’s kept me enthralled with Star Wars over the course of my life is how many amazing women are depicted in this universe, and it’s never made to be a big deal. Women are just as capable, inspiring, exciting as the male characters, and that’s just the way it is. Super love to all my Star Wars ladies (and all the EU ladies who I didn’t get to include here, but wanted to).

 I may do a super-limited, teeny-tiny Etsy/convention-exclusive print run on this - perhaps without the text- just because I still love it, and I want it as a physical object.

A woman’s place is in the resistance. Keep blowing shit up, y’all. 


“While Outlander is a brilliant period show, Claire represents so many qualities of a 20th-century modern-day woman, someone who is forging her own path, fighting for what she believes, and doing so with integrity,” Balfe said in a statement to press Monday. Elaborating exclusively to Vanity Fair, she added, “Right now it’s a very important time to stand up and voice our beliefs and reiterate that we are 50 percent of the population … that we have a voice and we need to use it. Even though Claire is a woman from the 40s, I think that she does have a resonance today. We need to stand up for our  b e l i e f s  and our  r i g h t s , and I think she embodies that kind of spirit.”

“…getting to play Claire was an absolute dream. She is strong-willed and, not perfect, but a survivor and a fighter, and I think that is such a great place to go to in your work every day—to play someone who has such resilience. It can only make you feel better about everything in your life. I feel very grateful to be able to go to work every day and play her.”

~ Caitriona Balfe on Why Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe Hopes Women Take a Cue from Claire Fraser, Vanity Fair

Happy International Women’s Day, sisters!

“Yes this Strong Female Character is wearing impractically skimpy clothing and have perfect makeup 24/7 but you don’t understand, it’s not sexist at all–she’s fighting sexism by proving that you can be beautiful and feminine and still kick butt! It’s weaponized femininity!!!!”

oh my god thank you THANK YOU. I can tell you that, as a woman, the one role model and message that I have gone through life absolutely STARVED for is the message that I can take on the world and achieve my dreams as long as I look like a 23-year-old Swedish bikini model in perfect makeup and high-heels.

Women in Voltron

So I’ve always loved the way women are portrayed in Voltron, but I only was recently able to put it into words. First off, I’d like to start with Pidge/Katie Holt)

So first off, she’s obviously very smart. Tech expert, learns languages in her down time, got into the garrison at a very young age. But what really makes her stand out from other smart women I’ve seen in media is that her knowledge and competence doesn’t come at the expense of others. 

Pidge accomplishes plenty on her own, but she also works well with others. Without Hunk she wouldn’t have located the blue lion cave. Without Lance she wouldn’t have gotten the video game. She’s independent, but is still allowed to turn to others for help. This is a very positive model in media, where women are either portrayed as being 100% dependent, or 100% independent. 

The team’s view of Pidge being a girl was also very well handled. They interact with her no differently after learning/ figuring out she is a girl, which is great in a society which is programmed to treat men and women differently. Case and point. In Crystal Venom when Hunk and Pidge are in zero gravity, Pidge tells Hunk to kick her. He responds, “What? No, we’re friends.” Not, “No, you’re a girl.” He respects her as a person, regardless of gender.

Last, but not least, Pidge is allowed to show vulnerability. This is a very important part of her character. She is very guarded in general, and isn’t the type to ask for a lot of help. But every once and awhile, she is allowed to cry, to break down, to need love and support. It’s very healthy for the show to give us both sides of her personality. 

In comparison, there’s Princess Allura. She is a great contrast to Pidge, but they are also the same in some respects. To directly compare with Pidge on the personality level, Allura is much more open with her feelings and emotions. It is much easier to see when Allura is upset or afraid, but she is not portrayed as lesser for this. On the contrary, her emotions are one of her greatest strengths. They’re what guide her into action and help inspire the paladins. While Pidge relies mainly on logic, Allura is more intuitively guided. Yet both points help the team be more effective. 

Secondly, Allura is very beautiful and feminine. She enjoys having her hair done by the space mice, says she likes sparkly things and flowers, and is directly pink themed. Yet she is never mocked or put down for being girly. Allura is allowed to be feminine in the same way Pidge is allowed to be tomboyish. It’s what they enjoy, and the team respects it. She is also never oversexualized or objectified because of her appearance. She is allowed to be beautiful and confident without exposing huge amounts of skin.

And lastly, Princess Allura is not afraid to suit up and kick butt. When she feels strongly about a situation (the Balmera, saving Shiro, taking down the druids) Allura is a force to be reckoned with. Once again, like Pidge, she doesn’t need permission to take action. 

So there’s my little appreciation post for 2 of the awesome women of Voltron and what they stand for! I love the way their characters and development are handled and am excited to see more of it.