This month I have a piece in Spectator USA about the idea of the antiheroine. It’s a change I’ve noticed in TV and film in recent years, where for a long time, the message was always that women couldn’t be assholes for free. They’ve always got to be “damaged”. If a woman was unpleasant, there was always the plot point, that she was a victim in some way. This smacked to me of lazy male writers, whose idea of character development for women was just to add a backstory of sexual assault.
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