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It’s A Man’s World (Apparently)

I am getting tired of having female characters in movies existing primarily for the bad guy to capture/hurt/kill them so the main man is weakened. Just so he can ‘avenge’ her or whatever. It’s offensive to have these women used as plot devices for the man’s story line to get ‘interesting’ or have ‘action’ or make him look like a ‘lover not a fighter’ even though he goes after the bad guy and hurts/kills him because he oh-so easily took his woman from him.
Want to know what else I’m sick of? When the female tries to help the main guy fight the bad guy and the bad guy slaps her and she falls to the ground, unconscious. Like, is that a good representation of women? Teach them that, “Sure, you can TRY to help out but it will be fruitless. But it’s the thought that counts, honey.” There are few movies that I’ve seen where the girl gets right back up and keeps fighting. They are either down for the count or they don’t even try anymore. I find myself acting like a person watching a horror film; screaming at the screen, “Get up! Get up!”
Sure, we have recently been given many more female leads that are strong and independent. But how long has it taken to have that become the norm? Where a female is equally as common as a male hero? Well, that’s like asking the world to make same sex couples as common as heterosexual couples on TV: Nearly impossible, even in the 21st century. Growing up, I idolized people like Mulan or Pocahontas whilst watching Disney movies, P!nk when listening to music, and my mother during everything else. These were the strongest, most brave people I knew. They didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and stood up for what they believed in. I loved that this was even possible because, as a little girl, I was so used to hearing things like, “You can’t do that! You’re just a girl!” or “Leave that to the boys.” Now, that’s quite common amongst little kids since boys aren’t really taught about gender norms and how they can be different for everybody. They just automatically think boys are the strongest, bravest, and most likely to be the hero. I say it’s common amongst little boys so you can see my frustration when I see that it’s also quite common years later. That, even though these boys are mature enough to know that, male or female, we can do what we set our minds to, they choose to think like their six-year-old selves.