when male writers create “strong female characters” that show hints of feminism without ever calling it feminism.
when said strong female characters go ahead and slut shame and spray hate all over other women.
I’m still waiting to hear what happens when these crimes are…
Despite this being worded a bit strongly (grumpy Tumblring is bad Tumblring…), Dan Harmon is absolutely right.
There are plenty of shallow characters and examples of bad writing on TV, but there are also a few writers who have created realistic, flawed female characters. “Flawed” is the key word. Women are not perfect beings and they shouldn’t be portrayed that way. For all the times I’ve shown intelligence and grace there has been another time when I’ve been a horrid bitch. I’ve “slut-shamed” and judged other women more harshly than they deserved because I am flawed and human.
If writers only showed their characters as perfect beings then they wouldn’t be realistic or interesting. A character designed to please pseudo-feminists would be the worst. What I love about the characters on Community is that they are flawed enough to be relatable and we see them make terrible mistakes and then face the consequences. It’s particularly impressive that Harmon has managed to keep a show like that on television where there is so much pressure to make things shiny and nice without concern for reality.
What does the OP really want? The whole point of Britta is that she tries so hard and fails so miserably. She’s not meant to be the paragon of feminism or make good choices. If you want that then write it yourself, then watch everyone roll their eyes at you.