Female Leads in Hollywood
You ain't woke if you're not singing the praises of strong female leads in Hollywood. Well, we ain't woke and if it ain't woke, don't "fix" it.
It’s very telling that most articles describing strong female characters usually describe the actresses playing the character, and not the character themselves. If they were to describe any female character from a woman-led movie made in the last two decades-- e.g. the characters of Merida from ‘Brave’, Hanna from ‘Hanna’, and Mulan from ‘Mulan’--you would find they are very much the same as each other. They are all princess warriors. Of course, they are all more competent than the men in the films. This way of storytelling makes sense if you want to train a new generation of feminists or indoctrinate women into pink or purple hair. The female character have to be more competent than the male character for most of these movies to work. This mostly happens at the cost of the characters' actual...femininity. And when everyone is a man, no one is, kids.
There are better role models in literature that celebrate the feminine and even physical strength. Snow White cooks and cleans for seven people which is quite a feat (take it from someone who has done that) and Marmee from Little Women and and Ma Ingalls from the Little House books manage their homes and children well. Even the women in old fairy tales, such as Vasilisa the Beautiful and the little sister from Grimms' ‘The Seven Ravens’ have emphasis placed on their feminine skills in order to help their husbands, their family members, their children, or even themselves. This is not often seen in newer films, TV shows, or books because women working and being strong in their homes is not valued by the feminist elite (understatement). That is a shame because there are so many stories to be told and films to be made where there are strong women who embrace their femininity and biblical roles in the home and in modern society. I mean, read the Bible for crying out loud! The Books of Ruth and Esther are great places to start.
Hallmark, the Christian Amish romance genre, and Pureflix aren't cutting it. LOOR wants to tell stories of real, strong women well. If you want women who act like men (and don't forget the trans men who think they are better women than actual women), go to just about any other streaming service out there. If you want strong women who act like women, be a part of the LOOR.
Note: this article co-authored by Jon & Veronica Speed. Veronica is Jon's adult daughter and a senior at Davis College in New York State.
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