The ‘strong female character’ is dead. All hail the complicated woman.

 January 13

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in a scene from the film,”Boyhood.” Arquette won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a drama for her work in the film. (AP Photo/IFC Films)












What was best in film and television last year was the stripping away of the requirement that female characters have to be “strong” to be interesting or admirable. That designation was originally intended to refer to the quality of the writing, but it has frequently been misinterpreted to suggest that all fictional women must be moral, take-no-prisoners perfectionists (while also being sexy and pleasant to be around). If real equality in fiction means the right to be deeply imperfect and still be loved anyway, than the winners of this year’s Golden Globe Awards do signal a new era.

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