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Today I am going to continue talking about a very sensitive topic.
I am sick of women always being objectified, and sexualized, especially when it comes to horror genre.Today, I am going to talk about female characters in horror books.
I would love to sugarcoat it, to explain that it is not that bad, but it is.
Reading horror books sometimes becomes bothersome for me, especially when it comes to these female characters. Whether the male characters in the horror books are extremely deep and real, when it comes to women, it is not the same. They are there, occasionally, as a form of shadows surrounding men. They are evident in the superficial words used to describe them, they fulfill the role of serving the male characters, helping them, pleasing them, or just being killed by them. It enrages me to read it.
The problem is that, whatever character a woman is, whether she is the villain or not, she is extremely sexualized. Especially if she is young! Now, I do understand that there are different types of characters, and different types of creatures. Some characters, or some monsters are supposed to be sexual. But would that character be described the same way, if he was a male? Think about that!
I want to read more horror books with more women as characters, whether they are good, or bad, heroes, or villains, young or old. I want to read more horror books with women, who have different opinions, different views of life, who play different roles in the society.