There are so many tropes attached to women in fiction, many of them unflattering and unrealistic. The “Mary Sue,” which we covered at the beginning of the month, is just a drop in the bucket. Everyone can think of a book, movie, or some kind of entertainment that includes absurd depictions of women. Sometimes it’s the supermodel who, somehow, can fight ten men while wearing heels. Sometimes it’s body parts that are given expressions of their own, completely disconnected from the woman’s own emotions. Sometimes it’s simply making women shallow, not only in personality, but in characterization.
Women in fiction should reflect women in reality, just like men in fiction should reflect men in reality. There should be real emotions, realistic physiology, and and real depth.
First aired February 29, 2020.