Women could be the “bad” woman—incorrigibles, wantons, colluders, murders, bitches—women acting in less-than-womanly ways.
And, these women have often been reviled and murdered, burned and betrayed.
Yet, when men exist in these places of impropriety, they are admired, remembered, redeemable.
Even worse—adding insult to injury—these men are well-written, well-constructed, and well-rounded.
There really isn’t a way to win, especially when so many “good” women characters are victimized and so many “bad” women characters are brutalized.
It just sucks out loud all the way around.
Because the restrictions that are so often placed upon a woman’s agency—how she can act, who she can love, what adventures she can go on, where her allegiances must ultimately lie, why she is only permitted half a life and a very proscribed life at that—are not the same restrictions that are usually placed upon men, since—oftentimes—there are very few restrictions placed upon men’s agency.
Yet women characters can still be revolutionary, can still be innovative, can still be someone who pushes the boundaries of her culture and society.
Women—characters or in real life—are more than the sum of their parts, their actions, and the ideas that drive them.
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