- In Kickin' It, Kim, who was the lone female among her group of friends, proved that she was a force to be reckoned with, and wasn't afraid to use her karate skills on anyone who tried to threaten her, even a famous singer who turned out to be a jerk.
- On Mork & Mindy, Mindy looked after Mork and put up with his constantly childish behavior, not to mention all the times she explained Earth culture to him.
- On H2O: Just Add Water, Emma saved one of her sworn enemies from drowning using her mermaid ability, even at the risk of her big secret being found out.
We all know that there are some traditions as to certain things women don't do, especially in relationships. Most people will tell you that girls never ask guys out, nor do they ever propose marriage; it's up to the guy to do that. My question is: Why? If a girl likes some guy, why should she wait around to see if he likes her back? If a couple has been together long enough--and how long is "enough" depends on the couple--why does she have to eagerly wait in anticipation for him to "pop the question"? It's not that I'm completely against guys asking girls out or proposing marriage; I just don't see why a lady can't take charge of the situation and do the job herself. It's one of the many things about human tradition that I don't quite understand.
Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?" (John 4:29, NIV) Of course, who could forget Mary Magdalene, who went to Jesus' tomb before the others did, and was the first to discover that He had risen? Seriously, if you think the Bible lowers the status of women...you're not reading it enough.
I have two concluding points. First off: Though strong women are usually admirable, there are times when they aren't. Sometimes, female characters can become a Mary Sue, which, simply defined, is a lady who is unrealistically perfect, and can do absolutely everything imaginable with no help from anyone else. A good example of that is Zoey Brooks, lead character of Nickelodeon's Zoey 101. In the first season alone, she becomes one of the first girls to attend a formerly all-boys school, shows up the guys on the basketball team, turns random video clips into a winning commercial, and starts a backpack-making business...all with very little effort. That's just too much. Not only that, but, I actually find female bodybuilders rather unattractive. I'm not against women being physically strong--these days, they need it more than ever--but, I don't like women who look like guys. Maybe my same-gender friends feel differently, but, I have no interest in the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Second off: Many women may be strong...but that's no excuse for guys to slack on the job. Though I agree with feminism's stance that women shouldn't be treated as second-class citizens, I also feel that men shouldn't either. I once had a guy tell me, "We're men; we're dumb." I know what it's like to go around thinking you're an idiot or a loser; I used to feel that way all the time because of my condition. Eventually, I realized that such feelings were wrong; I could do a lot more than I was giving myself credit for, if only I would bother to try. The same is true of other groups of people: those of certain races, those of certain occupations...and those of either gender. Regardless of whether you're male or female, you're doing yourself a major disservice by labeling yourself as dumb; take it from someone who did just that...for years.