I have recently read Serena by Ron Rash and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. These two books can be hailed as feminist works by portraying strong yet psychopathic female characters. There are now finally characters edging away from the stereotypical female characters of being either virginal and nurturing or a “slut”. Of course women can be any number of characters, but even female roles in books and films are generally pointed towards these two character basis someway or another.
Maybe I have only recently been aware of this portayal of women in books and films so I have only recently started picking up on the typical character prototypes. However, there don’t seem to be many books or films showing women where care, nurturing and sex are not the main issues in the motivations of their character.
If you know of any other books with strong female roles, then please send them my way in the comments.
Yesterday a recording of a 20 year old woman in Japan shaving her head and begging for forgiveness went viral. Her crime? Having a boyfriend.
Minegishi Minami, from the Japanese girl pop group AKB48, released a video her shaving her head, as a plea for forgiveness for being caught spending the night with her boyfriend. The band has a strict no dating rule so it can continue to appeal to its largely male fan base. AKB48 also appeals to its male fans by having the band dress in provocative, school girl like clothes and sing controversial and suggestive lyrics.
Now I’m not sure which angers me more, a woman having to apologise for having a boyfriend or having a whole band of girls become sexual objects to appeal to an audience. At 20 she is old enough to decide if and who she dates, and no person or organisation has the right to tell her otherwise. She should also not have to feel the necessity to shave her head and publicly apologise for this. Secondly, the objectification of these young girls, 14-20, is so devastatingly wrong. Not only feminists but women across the world should be quivering with anger! The use of these women to entertain the band’s male fans fantasies of these seemingly innocent yet suggestive young girls is just sickening. How has this not been ended by 2013?! When and how will these things stop? Or is this something that young women must just get used to?