Women In Combat: We Need More Strong Female Characters – Part 2

This post is a collaboration of thoughts from the KP Team, building off of part 1.

How should the Christian writer handle the prospect of female characters in combat? 

Strong Female Characters Part 2

Strength comes down to how well someone or something fulfills the purpose it was created for. Men and women were created to fulfill different roles, each reflecting one-half of God’s character. A woman doesn’t need to pick up the sword, or express military prowess to be strong.

Does this mean we can’t depict women in combat? Not at all!

As writers, we need to draw a careful distinction between aspects of the story that are there just because it reflects reality, and aspects that we’re trying to glorify.  In the context of whether not we should write stories with women in combat, this distinction can become pretty crucial.  There is nothing wrong with writing about “gung-ho, beat-’em-up female characters taking part in combat” necessarily. To the extent that our culture is moving in that direction, those sorts of people do exist in real life to some extent.  The real question then, is whether or not we present it in a positive light in our stories. Gender roles and gender callings are a tricky subject to wade through, especially in light of a culture that’s very hostile to drawing any distinction between men and women.  It therefore becomes imperative to focus on biblical commands to guide us through these discussions, and not on cultural standards.

The real question then becomes, “should we be glorifying women in combat?”

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We Need More Strong Female Characters – Part 1

“We need more strong female characters!”

I’m sure you’ve heard this battle cry before. Whether it be in books or movies, we hear the mainstream media and our peers clamoring for more “strong female characters”. And you know what? I agree with them; we do need more strong female protagonists in our stories.

Strong Female Characters Part 1

Of course, I disagree with the Feminists over what “strong” looks like for women and girls. For the Feminists, a “strong female character” is a woman who knows martial arts, and can beat up all the men with kicks and punches. She wears a sly, confident grin, and never needs any help, especially not from men. She is Independent and deadly.  She is equal, if not superior to, men in physical strength, and she curses just as crudely. This is a “strong” woman. In other words, an arrogant self-centered man…in female form. This is not strength, but brokenness and weakness.

 

 When “Strength” is Weakness

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Get Published: Writing Themes

Since Kingdom Pen was created over four years ago, we have always accepted articles, poems, and short story submissions for publication in the eMag and on our website. Pretty soon, we will also begin accepting submissions for serial novels to be published on our website, which we can’t wait to begin! (More details coming soon!)

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In the meantime, I also want to make you aware of another new development here at Kingdom Pen. In the past, we have accepted article submissions without much focus. However, we will now have a writing theme for each month, where the majority of the articles for a particular month will focus on a single topic.

This doesn’t mean that we won’t publish an article if it is written on a topic differing from our monthly theme, but the topic of the month will take precedent. This change will not affect poetry or short story submissions; only articles.

Perhaps you are now wondering what the theme is for this month, March? Well, while Kingdom Pen certainly doesn’t advocate falling into line with the traditions of our culture, we have decided to play along this time. March, in case you didn’t know, is Women’s History Month! Therefore, this month’s topic: Female Characters.

We are living in unique times, and in the world of story, there is much debate over how female characters should be portrayed, whether they be in novels, films, or even video games. We have all heard the culture’s cry that we need more “strong” female protagonists, and that the “Damsel In Distress” trope should die a horrible and painful death, but what should our mindset be as Christians? How should we confront the increasingly popular example of women warriors, and women in the military?

Controversy aside, this month’s writing theme could be taken in other directions as well. Just how does one write from the perspective of a female protagonist if one is male? Is not the female creature supposed to be an unfathomable well of unknown depths and mysterious mystery?

We hope you find this topic as fascinating as we do, and we look forward to your submissions and sharing them here on our website!

We have also created topics for the other months of this year, although these topics are subject to change. Let us know what you think. What topics would you like to see receive a month of devotion?

 

March:

Female Characters

 

April:

Portrayal of Christianity: Allegories, symbolism, and shove-it-down-your-throat-preaching

 

May:

World Building

 

June:

Killing Writer’s Block: Inspiration and tips for the weary writer

 

July:

Warfare In Writing

 

August:

Theme

 

September:

Outlining and Structure

 

October:

Gore and Darkness: How much is too much?

 

November:

Dialogue

 

December:

Climaxes