In the previous post I described some various ways in which tough women inevitably have traumatic pasts, but so what? I mean, sure, that’s strange and all, but there are lots of tropes out there in the pop culture world. True…but not all of them indicate a key issue that still plagues the world of entertainment and beyond. Inequality.
It takes a special kind of woman to be as tough as the men and in pop culture it takes one with a traumatic past. Something that’s hardened her enough to hang with the guys, do a “man’s” job, and perform those tasks most often considered masculine in nature. The trauma itself is not always the same – domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape, the death of a parent at a very early age – but the results are. Someone tough and determined enough to live and succeed in a male-dominated world, but never without some terribly painful past that underlines she’s still the “softer” sex.
One of the most common arguments I hear against someone – real or fictional – being a sociopath is that the person loves someone else. While I understand the presumption that a psychopath/sociopath cannot love, it simply is not true. They love, just not in the same manner or presentation as the average/neurotypical person. Theirs is a selfish, incredibly intense, love that can come and go seemingly at random…but it is love. A love that a fair number of fictional “psychos” feel, including Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.