Blade Runner 2049 is a film about men trying to control reproduction using artificial slave women. It’s made for the white, straight male gaze by objectifying women and ignoring people of colour and non-binary people.
I recently had THAT conversation again; the one where I criticise a fictional world for gratuitous use of rape and sexual aggression against women, only for fans of said universe to defend it by telling me how it’s a harsh world and that’s what would happen. It’s a tiring conversation, so here’s why you don’t have to use rape to ensure your readers know your world is horrible.
Female characters can’t just be er…female and characters, they have to be ‘strong female characters’. But what does that mean? Well, I think it was supposed to mean female characters who did more than get kidnapped, married or died. Strong female characters are supposed to be more than something for the men to kiss or…
The Hunger Games is often hailed as a feminist YA series and, superficially, it could be seen that way. It has the prerequisite ‘strong female character’, in Katniss, the girl with practical clothes and a bow and arrow aaaand that’s, apparently, all you need.