Discussion Post. Strong Female Character

Serious question. What do you think when you hear, Strong female character? Do think physical strength? Do you think of a character that is moral? or do you think of a strong female character is a well rounded character? Do you think of a strong female character in the same terms as male characters. If not then why not?

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One thought on “Discussion Post. Strong Female Character

  1. Certainly well rounded. I would like to think that I try to define both male and female characters by the same standards; but honestly, I don’t. I think I am far more critical of female characters because so many times the female is just not written well, or written with horrible bias, or written with horrible cliche.
    I feel like I define, at least in part, a strong female character by what she is not rather than what she is. For instance, she is not just a support character who makes the main (male) character appear strong by being ooey-gooey in love with him. Or she is not just a support character who makes the main (male) character appear well adjusted/well rounded because she has extreme tendencies to violence and rage–which is usually explained to be justified because she has had to be tough in a male dominated world and she cannot appear weak. But the thing I detest most about female characters: whining and nagging. Always with the whining and nagging.
    Female characters seem to be flat characters, very often. Rarely any depth, rarely intriguing, rarely charismatic.
    Would it be too much to ask for a female character who is independent, intelligent, and witty? Who has a goal that does not involve changing her appearance for a guy, changing her personality for a guy, getting the guy (as a main objective or a “just happened while I was doing this main objective thing, even though my writer spent way more prose on this romance bit” side story).
    I’m not saying there aren’t any strong female characters out there, but there could be many more great ones.

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