Women are not always the victim
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If you look closely in horror films, what do you notice? A lot of characters who end up alive in the end are females but it is not always a very comforting thought. If we pretend that those female survivors were real, it would suggest that those female survivors, after surviving a disturbing encounter with their almost assassins, would have to cope with the trauma they had had experienced. An example is Texas Chainsaw Massacre final girl Sally Hardesty. (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Sally had to see her older brother get sawed to death in front of her very eyes as they widened with fear and pure shock. That witness alone, if that were in real life, would result Sally losing her sanity and she would get frequent nightmares after seeing the gory encounter in person. Not only that because poor Sally was the survivor of the film. Her adrenaline racing, her body temperature dropping and feeling disgusted, she ran through the woods to seek help. Eventually, she was captured and was force to eat dinner with the killer but she ended up in a catatonic state. Finally after facing madness and lunacy, she escaped and ended up laughing hysterically in a pickup truck as she survived to tell the tale. Do you see what I am talking about? Almost all of the horror movies have a female survivor and Sally isn't just a prime example in which the female survivors end up being traumatized. Laurie from Halloween, Alice from Friday the Thirteenth, Sydney from Scream, etc.
If you read novels and old stories as well as watch psychological films, female characters almost often have to be the victim of mental illness. Have you read A Streetcar Named Desire? If you have, I am sure you know what happened to the main character at the end of the very traumatizing occurrence. You also picked up the hint she is mentally ill since the beginning of the book. Have you watched The Black Swan starring Natalie Portman? If you have, you'd know about what happened. If you haven't, look at her suffering from series of mental illnesses. Have you read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie? Do you know why the female survivor did what she did (read the book if you don't know because I don't wanna reveal the great climax of the book)? Have you read The Odyssey? You might have noticed that the female characters are subjected to bondage and sexual slavery as well as portrayed with having lustful character. Have you read American Psycho? Who does he usually prey upon? Isn't it women?
Have you learned about what was expected of women long ago? In Ancient China, upper class women bound their feet as if to show wealth and beauty. Geishas are common in Japanese culture in which the makeup-clad women entertain their male customers. In Torah Bible and Quran, women were viewed as second-class citizens and were controlled and subjected to heavy housework. In Sharia law-ruled countries, female rape victims could face persecution and be stoned to death or receive a hundred lashes.
Tell me why very successful books almost always have a male character as the central character of the book? If Harry Potter was a girl, I doubt the series would be as successful as it is now. Same if the main characters of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings were women or many of their characters are women, it wouldn't garner the same attention. It is very interesting why people don't really like watching women play sports. Lack of sex appeal is the primary answer (1).
Women are more likely to be abused as statistics suggest that 1 in 3 women are more likely to be abused in an intimate relationship (2). Another statistics suggest that 98% of the victims in sex trafficking are women and young girls (3).
This is a difficult debate because you almost said all of the points that many people would agree with.
My fictional examples can happen in real life. The Railroad Killer, Angel Maturino Resendiz, was a brutal serial killer and disgusting person. He killed 15 people (1), though I highly doubt that number. He very likely had killed and murdered more. Out of all his victims, only one has known to have survived and she is Holly Pendleton. Holly was raped and beaten severely but fortunately, she survived and lived to tell the tale. But yes, Holly is among the MANY survivors of brutal murder.
What about gang rape? There's only one article I found about a man getting gang raped but almost all of the gang rape articles have women as the victim of a very monstrous, disordered attack. The infamous 2012 New Delhi gang rape proves that women can be vulnerable being left alone with a group of men than if a man is left with a group of men (2).
What about model exploitation? Since women are seen as more vulnerable, they become the targets of pedophiliac photographers. What about one of the most advocated one, equal payment? Jennifer Lawrence claimed that she and Amy Adams were paid less than their male co-stars in the 2013 film, American Hustler? (3)
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