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The Dichotomy of Two Female Leads…   I find it irritating that there cannot be two female leads in a show without fans seeing it as competition (ie Olivia and Amanda…although this could apply to many characters and media sources). No one hates a new male character because they “threaten” another male character, they just accept that these individual characters have their own quirks, skills, and personalities. People hate Amanda because she’s a new female lead…the first new female detective… and they’re afraid that this threatens Olivia. The show has had important female ADAs, MEs, but god forbid we place more than one female in the same position…How many new male detectives have joined the cast since the show began?    Amanda is intelligent, competent, quirky, funny…She jumps right into her new job without any hesitation or uncertainty. She knows that she is capable and she doesn’t need to have anyones approval to believe that. We need more female characters like that in the media. We should be highlighting these positive traits instead of creating tension as if there can only be one strong female… Women need characters like Olivia and Amanda to exist together so that we don’t fall into this societal trap that tries to portray strong traits as a rarity for females.  

The Dichotomy of Two Female Leads…

  I find it irritating that there cannot be two female leads in a show without fans seeing it as competition (ie Olivia and Amanda…although this could apply to many characters and media sources). No one hates a new male character because they “threaten” another male character, they just accept that these individual characters have their own quirks, skills, and personalities. People hate Amanda because she’s a new female lead…the first new female detective… and they’re afraid that this threatens Olivia. The show has had important female ADAs, MEs, but god forbid we place more than one female in the same position…How many new male detectives have joined the cast since the show began? 

  Amanda is intelligent, competent, quirky, funny…She jumps right into her new job without any hesitation or uncertainty. She knows that she is capable and she doesn’t need to have anyones approval to believe that. We need more female characters like that in the media. We should be highlighting these positive traits instead of creating tension as if there can only be one strong female… Women need characters like Olivia and Amanda to exist together so that we don’t fall into this societal trap that tries to portray strong traits as a rarity for females.  

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