Female Characters

Why is it the writers either undervalue female characters or overvalue them? I rarely find a narrative that portrays female characters realistically.

I am not a feminist. Please do not start throwing things at me. What I mean is, I am not strictly a feminist in today’s use of the word. I don’t want equality for women in a male dominated world, I want equality for ALL in a majority dominated world. And yes, this does include equality for women.

I am not a feminist. I am an equalist.

The feminist movement used to stand for equality for minorities, but now when I hear people using the term feminist they seem to be talking about greater rights for women only and in some cases, they mean greater rights for women over men. This is why I don’t classify myself as a feminist in the modern sense. The word feminist has been tainted by people who have abused the term and turned it into something ugly. My feminist beliefs are more in line with those of the Suffragettes, but in today’s political climate I want to be recognised as an equalist.

Throughout history there has been a huge disparity between men and women. But there has also been huge inequalities between white and black peoples, homosexual and heterosexual peoples, among many other minority groups. Why is it that we as a society seem to focus primarily on the disparity between men and women? And why is that writers who attempt to write equally rounded characters portray their female characters as near-perfect if not entirely so?

I want to see characters that show equality through their imperfections as well as their strengths.

Why is it that we call a writer, or anyone for that matter, who portrays a female character’s weaknesses sexist? I would think it sexist if they portray a female character as entirely perfect. That I would find as an insult to women.

I want female characters who love the home life and I want female characters who reject the home life.

I want female characters who succeed and I want female characters who fail.

I want characters to be who the need to be, not who society dictates they are.

To all writers, I challenge you to write something that depicts a female character with their true identity.

Always yours,

Equally Feminine

4 thoughts on “Female Characters

  1. chloeskye12 says:

    Hi Lauren, thanks for stopping by Chlohemian 🙂 I wanted to check out your blog as well. Love the layout and variety.

    It may seem random, but my favorite female book character was always Clarisse McClellan in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. She’s in the book for about 3 or 4 pages before disappearing mysteriously, but she’s a free-thinking teen in an oppressive atmosphere, and by asking the main character (an older fireman whose job it is to burn books – just covering my bases in case you haven’t read 😉 if he’s actually happy, she catalyzes his doubt of his environment and thus the plot of the book. I don’t why I loved such a short-lived character so much – maybe it was her mystery and potential that made her so strong. I wonder who your favorite is.

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    • Lauren Elizabeth Walsburg says:

      I don’t have a favourite per se, but their are several female characters that I find particularly well written. I recently read Rupetta by N. A. Sulway and I thought the female characters were well written and well rounded. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite writers and I think he also portrays female characters more realistically. Though I’m sure many will disagree with this one, I think George R. R. Martin’s female characters are also written equally to his male characters. I know there have been many critics who have found his portrayal of female characters sexist, but I personally find the opposite.

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      • chloeskye12 says:

        I’m reading my first book by Neil Gaiman – it’s “Smoke and Mirrors.” I know I’m 300% behind considering I’m a huge fantasy/sci-fi fan. Could you recommend me something to read next?

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      • Lauren Elizabeth Walsburg says:

        I’ve enjoyed all of the books I’ve read that Gaiman’s written. Stardust and Neverwhere were particular favourites of mine. If you enjoy his short stories you’ll like Fragile Things and Trigger Warnings. Though the Graveyard Book is written for children, I thought it was a great book for adults too. I’ve reviewed a couple of his books on this site if you’re interested in his work. I’ve also just purchased his most recent book, Norse Mythology, which I’m hoping to read in the next week or so and I’ll put up a review once I have.

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