The female nerd who becomes a “real woman” [“ugly” duckling turned swan] is such an over-used trope when it comes to scripted entertainment, as if a woman has to blossom or transform, transmute herself into some other form of womanly-ness when the one she already is, is just fine.
How many times have we seen this? The female character is not ‘male-gaze’ approved until she resembles some clone of the queen bee, an overemphasized feminized characterization of usually male writers, producers, directors.
Where are the characters like Watts played by Mary Stuart Masterson or Winona Ryder’s Dinky?
Here are some reviews, summaries of these two projects with the word “tomboy” in them:
“Adorable” is used to describe this woman. “Ryder’s allure here is reduced to that of a messy, misfit tomboy dressed in black.”
Reduced? I don’t think this reviewer understands the appeal of a “misfit tomboy dressed in black” all on its own. Let’s think about that.
Please send me examples of modern day cinematic or television tomboys who stay that way. What do you think of the notion of tomboys in film and television and how they’re pegged against or made to conform and change into a different kind of woman in order to “win” at life?