As I began to scan my brain for new ideas for National Novel Writing Month; I can help but notice that I have this one habit: I count my characters to make sure that the genders are equal. I want to make sure that for every well-developed character I have that is male; than there is a well-developed female character to balance it out.
I think this habit is a leftover from my childhood, where I first encourage the plague among feminists (including myself): The Smurfette Principle.
What is the Smurfette Principle you may ask? Well, think about the Smurfs for a few mintues. All the guys running around with just one female (my sister said that the Creators added another female Smurf later, but two females does not make a population make). What makes it sad is that this isn't the only show that suffers from this "disease."
Besides an extremely uneven popluation, symptoms of The Smurfette Principle (or TSP for short) include:
- The annoyence of Feminists everywhere (including yours truly)
- The female character is more likely to be a distressed damsel or fake action girl, or worse, the chick.
- Pink is a common color to show the character in question is female (unless said character is a evil ) This trend has died out over the years though.
- The female character is not the main character or important to the plot (beside being the love-interest or only female member).
- For the gender-flipped version of this trope see the one guy.
So, now that you know most of the basic symptoms, can you think of any books , tv shows (besides the Smurfs), or movies that use TSP or it's male counterpart? Leave your answers in the comment section, I would love to hear from you. :)
For more information on TSP, check out this video (I have to warn you that the video is more P-13).