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Why are female damsels disliked so much?

My wife was wondering this and I'm curious too. Heck, my wife likes stories with female damsels, what's with the hate towards them now?

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Who enjoys a helpless, useless plot device disguised as a person? Unless it's a porn fetish thing. That I could get. As a legit literary character...no.

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  • 3 years ago

    Damsel's in distress are an incredibly old literary trope, dating back hundreds of years. The reasoning behind this is that when literature became popular and stories began being put to page, the only acceptable authors were men and as you probably know, it was well believed that men were the breadwinners, the strong protectors, while women were expected to stay at home, keep house and keep their men company in bed. That being said, women rarely had significant roles in early literature, other than being used a a device to show the protagonist's (usually a man) endearing qualities, which included protecting his family. This is why damsel's in distress were often written into the story. This sent the message that women were in truth, quite troublesome and couldn't provide for themselves without the aid of a man.

    You can perhaps see why today, time having progressed, especially with emphasis on the feminist movement (which I believe is a stupid name that gives off the wrong idea. I vote to change this movement to the gender equality movement), why many are angry that this continues to be a huge ploy used in modern writing, especially with a large majority of authors today being woman. Growing as a society where woman are being given more opportunities, it is disheartening that many authors still use woman in books to simply make the men look better.

    Truthfully, I enjoy classics, so inevitably I do read novels with the damsel in distress trope, however I love reading modern literature where women are the heroes of the story. It makes me feel empowered.

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  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Female damsels is redundant. Damsel by definition is a young unmarried female.

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  • Rose
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Society has changed in the female role. Women like to be independent. As for me, I like to act like the damsel

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  • 3 years ago

    According to feminists who get triggered about gender roles (even though people who live life by gender roles are statistically happier), damsels in destress is a method mysoginist men use to put in a mindset from early on that women are weak.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Sounds like you need a new wife

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  • Brian
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    You mean, as opposed to male damsels?

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