Today I’m posting something that I have been thinking about for a while now, and that is equality in fantasy and how in fantasy worlds there is hardly ever equality. There is normally some sort of sexism, it can be simply the way the world is, have lots of well written female characters or sometimes it’s the authors fault. And the inequality is because of the distinct lack of female characters or bad portrayals of them, therefore the misogyny of the author themselves.
I know that you should separate the person from the work but when it’s offensive in anyway then I can’t separate it and I don’t think you should not when it tends to mean that it is what the author believes. Lets get back on track and get to why I think these typical words need to change.The majority of high fantasy has a medieval world I feel like a lot of fantasy’s use the society in their world, to justify having hardly any female characters. The society of fantasy worlds tend to not treat women well, to keep them from reaching their full potential, making their own choicest do basically anything but look pretty. Having a world like this is not an excuse to not have female characters, yet there so often make dominated. I’m not completely opposed to medieval inspired worlds sometimes the authors still do a good job at empowering women by having them fight the patriarchy, but there are plenty of times where the opposite occurs. If you’re going to create a world with inequality do it right you can’t just throw things in or use them as excuses not to be inclusive. There should be more books that have worlds where all genders and races have equal rights. Obviously your world can’t be perfect there has to be conflict but the bad guys can give you enough conflict to keep things interesting. It would actually be super cool and unique to have a world where people were treated equally there would be so many opportunities for badass moments. You don’t have to mold your fantasy world after the Middle Ages or any time period, female characters don’t always have to wear pretty dresses and not have basic human rights. You can let girls be knights let them be blacksmiths let boys be seamstresses and make it be a normal thing in that world. I want to escape into a world where everyone has equal rights a world that has characters that defy every stereotype
All my life I’ve had to look for female characters my brothers have never and will never have to search for characters who look like them there are so many shows and movies that are dominated by white male characters.
I love Star Wars and superheroes when I was a little girl there weren’t any shows about female superheroes (sadly there still isn’t a female superhero movie) now there’s Suppergirl a great show that I wish had existed when I was little and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has multiple strong woman kicking ass and there was Agent Carter which was amazing and I don’t think I’ll ever not be mad about it being cancelled.
When The Force Awakes came out and the main character was a female who was a pilot and a jedi who got to save herself it made me so emotional because to have a strong well written female heroine in a popular scifi franchise is so important. It makes me so happy to think about all the little girls who will dress up as Rey for Halloween who will get to grow up with this amazing inspiring female character.
Even though there’s been a lot of recent scyfi and fantasy movies that feature strong female characters there is still not enough and I think the problem is they don’t think they’ll succeed the villain of Iron man three was changed to a man because a girl villain wouldn’t sell toys and #wheresrey started trending when people realized that the main character wasn’t in any of the playsets she wasn’t even in the monopoly game they said that little boys didn’t want to play with a girl action figure there are two major things wrong with this statement. Number one why are you only making action figures for boys? Girls play with them too the second reason is that boy’s do want to play with a girl action figure it’s important for little boys to see females being represented it’s important for both girls and boys to see that women can do anything they want to do.
The reaction to female led movies is disgusting people are saying the all female Ghost Busters movie will be bad simply because it’s female led their saying feminists are pushing their agenda on them. A female led movie shouldn’t be seen as a statement it should be seen as a regular occurrence and the fact that it’s not just proves how much we need feminism.
The only thing I’ve found that’s female dominated is YA books it’s part of why I fell in love with reading it’s never been hard to find a female protagonist in YA they weren’t always well written but I didn’t have to look for them isn’t it sad that I was so desperate for representation that I didn’t even care if it was good. Now I’ve started looking for things that are good and diverse I started getting tired of reading about the same character over and over again. I’m tired of the girls who aren’t like other girls you shouldn’t have to create a mean girl character just to make your special snowflake look better. The media needs to stop pitting women against each other there is so little things with female friendships every teen book and movie has the mean girl who is mean for no reason I want to know why she’s mean give her more of a personality then just being mean give her a backstory.
Now I’ve begun to realize how messed up the portrel of women in the media is woman are often in movies just for eye candy their there to look pretty not to actually do something the film industry is so misogynistic. There are so few well written female characters I have to look hard to find them I shouldn’t have to do this I support every female led thing that comes out even if it’s not that good because I want to show people that things about women can be successful that people want so desperately to see things about women.
woman make up 50% of the population yet In 2015, females comprised 22% of protagonists, 34% of major characters, and only 33% of all speaking characters in the top 100 domestic grossing films and that was an historical high. The percentages of female characters of color were much worse, with Black female characters at 13% in 2015, Latina characters 4% in 2015 and Asian female characters went down (from 4% in 2014 to 3% in 2015) Female characters of color were less likely than White females to be major characters. 27% of Black, Latina, Asian, and females of other races/ethnicities were major characters, whereas 38% of White females were major characters. in 2014, only 28.1% of character in 100 films were female. Only 21 of those films featured a female lead or co-lead a of movies feature a female main character we are ridiculously underrepresented.