"Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength."
G.D Anderson (via fawcettstudent)
I really love this quote. And I think it is very useful when thinking about female characters in media.
The idea that we need to “make women stronger” is exactly the problem with the “Strong Female Character” trope.This idea that every single lady in a film must be a gun wielding, kung fu master assassin bad ass with a boy and arrow is fundamentally flawed.
Because, yes, we do need more female characters who can kick ass and take names.
But we also need narratives that focus on and empower female characters who are strong in other ways. You don’t need to make a dragon infested castle explode to be an empowered and empowering female character.
"THE SALON - a cultural institution dating back to the first half of the 17th century in Paris, came forth as an extension of the institutionalized court where royal women of leadership had entertained the city elite since the early 16th century. The Parisian salons were distinguished from the cercle, the all-male literary circles and the society of cabarets and cafés of Paris due to the dominance of women in them. Aristocratic and upper bourgeoisie women known as salonnières ran and organized the salons from their homes. These great salonnières set the tone and aims of the gatherings, helping to intermingle the writers, artists, philosophers and other various patrons present."
— Welcome_to_salons (via a-l-ancien-regime)