It seems like you can't watch a TV show, go to a movie, or read a novel about a woman without someone describing her as "strong." It's like a bonus issued with every uterus. While the idea behind using the adjective is laudable, the effect is actually detrimental to women.
Popular culture reflects not only the zeitgeist of who we are at any given moment, but also who we want to be. Thomas Jefferson said, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." The same things holds true in our arts. We need to be eternally vigilant, even to the well-meaning, if we're going to be truly free.
From Stop Calling Women 'Strong'. It's Offensive.
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