As part of the Feminist Friday postings organized by GeneO, I am posting Hannah Givens’ contribution. Let’s keep the discussion going. Please visit her blog and leave a comment.
You may have noticed I’ve been blogging about female characters all week! Well, there’s a reason: I want to discuss the concept of “strong female characters” today. That phrase gets thrown around a lot, but people have widely varying ideas of a) what a strong female character is, and b) what a strong female character is supposed to accomplish in the real world. So, let’s compare notes.
In its most casual usage, the phrase seems to mean either a female warrior or a female character who gets a lot of “screentime” in the story. Both of these things can certainly be important. Women are traditionally not portrayed as warriors or physically/emotionally “strong,” and as we talked about two weeks ago, the Bechdel Test illustrates that women are often only present as token supporting characters in a male character’s story. (There’s nothing wrong with telling stories…
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Here is another contribution to the Feminist Friday discussions. This one focuses on Emma Watson’s plea for gender equality at the United Nations this week. Join the discussion!
In case you haven’t heard, Emma Watson gave an awesome speech about gender inequality at the United Nations last weekend (transcript). She mentioned Feminism several times and kicked off a campaign called #HeForShe. Here’s what “HeForShe” is about:
. . . we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. And we don’t just want to talk about it, but make sure it is tangible.
I found out about the speech on Monday and shared it with Diana immediately because I thought she might want to use it while it was fresh. Unbeknownst to me, our friend Hannah had already shared it with Diana by tagging her on Facebook, and Diana’s social media was buzzing about it.
On Tuesday, I spied an image of Neil Gaiman supporting HeForShe and asked Diana to pin it so I could…
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