Let’s Get Rid of ‘Strong Female Characters’

I think it’s strange that we feel the need to put the word ‘strong’ before ‘woman’ when talking about a Shonda Rhimes character. Yes, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis are playing ‘strong female characters’  but we don’t say Brian Cranston or Kevin Spacey are playing ‘strong male characters’ in their TV shows. I’ve never read the words ‘strong male character’ but any time I open a magazine they talk about the ‘character trope’ of being being a ‘strong female character’ like it’s a new trend for ABC dramas.  Why is strength implied with male characters but needing to be clarified in female characters?


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