At Overthinking It, mlawski argues for more weak women in movies. After all, the movies are full of women who are bright, talented, and authoritative, but they still get rescued by men, and they still get dressed up as sex objects.
That’s the last straw. It’s bad enough that they make movies that objectify women, but then to call those women Strong Female Characters?
And at least in the olden days, when women were weak and *needed* to be rescued, they got the hot hero men for the job.
Apparently somewhere along the line directors decided that film heroes should be more like audience stand-ins: lame, scrawny, nerdy. So you wouldn’t have Hot “Strong” Marion sleeping with Hot Strong Indiana Jones at the end anymore. You’d have Hot “Strong” Megan Fox sleeping with Weaselly Weak Shia La Beouf at the end. Um, WHAT?! If this female character is so strong and so hot and so great in every way, why in the world would she end up with that loser? Oh. Because he’s the audience stand-in. That makes perfect sense.
So she argues for weak female characters. Weak, that is, in the sense of flawed, just like male characters are. Strong in the sense that they have goals of their own, goals other than "make the male hero happy and have his babies." Make them human, just like the guys.
After all, it would make the stories better.