Upon doing research for female roles in entertainment I came across a particular viewpoint that changed my way of thinking. It was from a comment that a person made that put forth the idea of creating more female characters in general, not just bad ass leads.
It makes sense, and certainly in a few of my stories that I have written contain a plethora of women.
It is a similar phenomenon that has happened in shows such as the L Word, Queer as Folk etc. that complaints are being made that certain subgroups of the gay community aren’t being shown. The same could be said for any number of shows ie. Friends (who really looks like that?). If more women in general were portrayed in movies such as horror, sci-fi and action then people wouldn’t be so shocked when a woman is cast in said genres.
If a woman is cast in a role for these movies, she is usually the only one which defines her role as “the girl” or “hot girl”.
You know those movies that have that one female character who shocks everyone by being able to do certain cool, manly things? It’s like the creators are saying, “look! This ONE female is awesome because she can do ___!” when it shouldn’t be a shock that a woman can do these things.
I imagine a world where people create characters, not men and women, but characters to carry out non gender specific roles. Ideally I wouldn’t have this blog as women would be present in every genre as often as men and not be defined by her feminine traits. That is a world I want to live in.
One can dream.