I have new novel ideas now that I’ve finished my other story, but when thinking of a female MC, I got a little stuck. I feel like readers are expecting every woman to be this powerful force of nature, like there has to be SOMEthing amazing about her. If she isn’t sword fighting, then she’s a science/tech genius, or a finger snappin’ sassy sexy femme fatale, or she’s some steel heart’s emotional support? Which is cool, but I feel like there are plenty of ladies who are, well, average? Women who just go to a job that isn’t their passion, and their lives aren’t that glamorous? And they don’t have some special skill/personality trait?
But maybe that’s the point. People don’t want to read about “regular” people. I feel like it isn’t acceptable anymore for women in stories to be good at traditionally expected norms for their gender. Things like cooking, sewing, being a caregiver etc. bc then she’s automatically “oppressed”? Do people only want to read about a woman who lives to fight the patriarchy?
To be clear, I’m all for girl power. But I also feel like people equate things like being a good cook as something less than a tech genius. I mean sure, some skills are def more difficult, but let me tell ya, to be a good cook, like one that actually makes everything from scratch all the time - that’s not easy! It’s still a skill. Anyway, I ramble. Thoughts?