In a put up to her Instagram on Friday (Might four), the activist and actor revealed the very first thing she ever purchased together with her personal cash: an Audrey Hepburn picture. She explored the influence the star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s had on her, saying: “Audrey’s presence on screen has always brought an emotional visceral-ness to me, to be able to witness these dimensional woman characters who weren’t superheroes or even necessarily empowered.”
Rowan continued by tying within the variation of Audrey’s on-screen characters to the significance of showcasing ladies in movie, writing: “Lately, I get concerned that a sort of recent feminism dictates that what constitutes Strong Women or Strong Female Leads are women who are to a certain extent, are playing men: an empoweredness, a inability to be shaken, maybe even less sensitive and more forceful with their will. While it is cool to see that I guess, I wonder what movies and other types of strong women are being left behind or forgotten as they as they are masqueraded under some sort of non-feminist relevance.”
She identified that Audrey usually took on completely different roles, portraying females who have been “selfish, insecure, silly, helpless, or maybe even delicate.” The Girl Meets World star continued, questioning what defines a “strong female lead” and whether or not Hollywood’s imaginative and prescient of “strong” is wrong. “We do not need to position our softness, our sadness, or chaos or our voidness as in opposition to our feminism, or in what we classify as strong woman leads,” Rowan wrote. “Maybe we can work within it, think of it as being more radical to give nuance to and spotlight on the power of watching women think — the endless, fascinating world of our own psyches. If we are to describe woman super heroes or assassins or action stars etc as being the only kind of empowered characters, what does it mean for characters like Audrey’s who were just as full, if not more so, of the deservingness and nuance to be called strong?”
Followers on social media have famous their settlement with Rowan’s feedback, tweeting issues like “dismantle what you think a strong female character looks like” and “I’ve always thought that the feminine strength is often found in our vulnerabilities.” And Rowan’s feedback do increase an excellent level; you need not act or be a sure method to consider your self as strong. It is potential to consider your favourite on-screen character as a feminist, whether or not they’re a superhero like Surprise Lady or an tenderhearted good friend like Sailor Moon. There is no such thing as a one definition, and that is totally OK.