Know Your Female Stereotypes: Flowchart Edition

A book full of flowcharts like this would be more educational than a film/writing degree.

Overthinking It’s Mlawski writes that the infographic is a companion to her essay on why we need interesting characters who are female, rather than more one-dimensional women who brandish a sword or mouth off to the male protagonist to prove they’re no damsel in distress.

While there are obviously many male tropes in pop culture as well, Mlawski says, “Hollywood has a significantly harder time writing non-stereotypical female characters than male ones, so I made this chart to help out.” It seems most writers still haven’t wrapped their heads around the Bechdel Test, but hopefully they’ll find this picture easier to understand.

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  1. Jiun Kwon says:

    “I think the major problem here is that women were clamoring for “strong female characters,” and male writers misunderstood. They thought the feminists meant [Strong Female] Characters. The feminists meant [Strong Characters], Female.

    So the feminists shouldn’t have said “we want more strong female characters.” They should have said “we want more WEAK female characters.” Not “weak” meaning “Damsel in Distress.” “Weak” meaning “flawed.” ”

    It’s like she’s living in my BRAIN…

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