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I don't think settiai set out to start a meme with this post, but there's already one other person on my flist following suit, and I'd love to see more. For the simple selfish reason that the resulting Walls of Awesome are making me smile.

I'm borrowing and adapting her text, because I can't see how to say it any better.

There's this Female Character Flowchart out there that I'm sure most of you have heard of already. If you haven't, let me sum it up for you: basically, all fictional female characters fall into stereotypes and aren't "realistic." Also, this flowchart is done in a way that basically anyone can be crammed into one of their categories, as long as you ignore the more three-dimensional aspects of her characterization and focus on the most two-dimensional details available.

Seriously, people who are much more articulate than me have ranted on this subject and explained why it's such a bad thing. That's not what this post is about. You see, this post? Is simply a chance for me to go through my DW/LJ icons and post the ones that I have that feature female characters, whether by themselves, with other women, with men, or simply as part of a group (which wouldn't be whole without them).

Why? Because the thing is, these women are all awesome, in their own unique ways.

They're superheroes, and villains, and artists, and poets, and soldiers, and scientists, and singers, and witches, and patricians, and journalists, and courtesans, and private investigators, and forensic pathologists, and princesses, and gaming-store clerks, and college students, and clerics, and admin assistants, and figure skaters, and spies, and actresses, and tennis pros, and teachers, and a million other things.

They're wives, and girlfriends, and mothers, and daughters, and sisters, and coworkers, and friends, and enemies. They're humans,
and vengeful spirits, and demons, and fairies, and cyborgs, and vampires, and ghosts. They're adults and teenagers. They're single, and dating, and married, and divorced, and widowed.

They're American, and British,
and Ozian, and Roman, and Italian, and French, and Canadian, and Spanish, and Russian, and Swedish, and Kenyan, and Scottish, and Cheyenne, and Danish. They're straight, and lesbian, and bisexual, and asexual, and questioning, and from planets and worlds and future timelines where things are much more complicated than a handful of labels. They're Christian, and Jewish, and Buddhist, and pagan, and agnostic, and atheist, and followers of religions that don't exist in the real world.

They can be brave, and they can be cowards. They can save the world, and they can help destroy it. They can win, and they can lose. They can be kind, and they can be cruel. They can make the right decisions, and they can make the wrong ones. They all have their flaws.

They're more than stereotypes.



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 12th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I had more icons of women than I expected! (Plus a couple I didn't include that have quotes by or about, or heraldic badges of, women.)

Three of these technically depict women playing men in stage productions -- well, a man -- but I figure they count for being of awesome actresses.

Edited at 2010-10-12 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
They totally count!

I can't remember for sure, but I don't think I've seen that Hermia one before. Love it! Love LOTS of these, actually, but that one particularly caught my eye.
Oct. 12th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've used the Hermia icon in a while! Apparently I don't post enough while angry. ;) Anyway, poisoninjest made it. (She also made all of the Emma Thompson ones.)
Oct. 12th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
That flowchart sounds obnoxious. Ugh!
Oct. 12th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
As a lot of people have noted, somebody can't tell the difference between tropes and stereotypes. If the flowchart were presented as a neutral thing, just a way to categorize character traits, it'd be one thing, but the blog post that accompanies labels any character that can be slotted into the slot as "one or two-dimensional."

Icing on the cake: Two of the examples on the chart are real people.

Edited at 2010-10-13 12:27 am (UTC)
Oct. 13th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
...ok, this makes me feel bad for only having two. I mean to have more, and apparently fully half of my icons (only 12) aren't of people at all, but youch. *hangs head*
Oct. 13th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
Ah, but you have a VERY cool one of the awesome chick everyone seems to be ignoring in what I've seen of that fandom.
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
This is why that fandom and I are sort of loosely associated - I am sick to death of the Hey Two Young White Guys -- MAKE THEM FUCK with utter apparent disregard for, like, canon (...sorry, this fandom brings out my Bitter Old Fandom Queen-iness). My otp is definitely Ariadne/Arthur. Grumble grumble.

She's just so AWESOME!

(here, have my other femme-icon)
Oct. 13th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Wait, Ripley doesn't make it as a strong female character?

(I also tried to plug in Tali from Mass Effect - I think that broke the mold too...)
Oct. 13th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a lot of people's first reaction. That's what makes the whole thing such a farce: It's not having certain traits that makes a character a stereotype. It's LACKING other aspects to the character.

And seriously, of all the Final Girls they could have used -- like, say, Laurie in Halloween, arguably the actual pure archetype there -- they picked RIPLEY? That's just silly.
Oct. 13th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Come to think of it, if you only look at the original Alien, you could maybe make a case if you squinted. But then they made Aliens and gave her much more dimension...
Oct. 13th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
Sarah Connor doesn't make it either. WTF?
Oct. 13th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
And I can't participate in the meme, because of my total of six icons, three are simple graphics, one's Wash, one's Jon Stewart, and ... well, there's the default that flips between the Acropolis and the Statue of Liberty...
Oct. 13th, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
*g* I think it's settiai's post that's headed by the "Liberty/Justice OTP" icon. Lady Liberty totally counts.
Oct. 13th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
I'm so glad settiai started this celebration. It's way more fun than the head-tilting and WTFing and sometimes rage the flowchart is causing.
Oct. 13th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Hear hear! I'm loving looking at all of them.
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