Here’s a Thought Catalog (yes, Thought Catalog. Don’t judge me. I saw it on a friend’s Facebook wall, I swear) piece relating to the things we were discussing last week about Strong Female Characters. Worth a read and a chuckle or two, despite some weird grammar and a few interesting (arguably inaccurate) perceptions of what an SFC is. Also, trigger warning; descriptions of fictionalized rape.
First of all, these women should always have jobs which are typically held by men; to put it simply, any job with authority. Think along the lines of lead detectives, high-ranking military officers, district attorneys, world-renowned surgeons, etc. It takes a strong woman to fill one of these positions. Rule of the thumb: strong women must have successful careers….anytime you write a female character she automatically becomes a role model for all women everywhere. Young girls are very impressionable; They aren’t independant thinkers or good judges of character, so its up to you to help them learn how to be strong. We can’t have another generation of weak females!
Specifically, I feel that the writer sort of goes off the mark when she talks about the need for the SFC to tempt male companions- wouldn’t that be a pre-girl power archetype? And what’s with the discussions of what “regular women like,” and how the SFC can’t like them? More to the point, the article often trips the line between satire and sincerity- so often, in fact, that it is weakened as a whole. Nonetheless, an interesting take on an interesting subject.