->''"This movie has done for feminism what ''Film/BirthOfANation'' did for equal rights."''\\
--'''''[[WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst Best of the Worst]]''''' watches ''{{Film/Supergirl}}''

In our culture, there are certain careers, goals, and traits that are considered "feminine". This naturally bleeds into fiction, where we expect a female character to have at least one of these traits or goals. If she doesn't have any of them, she may be criticized as being too masculine or because NoGuyWantsAnAmazon. If she has too many, she may come under fire from the RealWomenDontWearDresses crowd.

Note that while this can be gender stereotyping, which is a bad thing, it [[TropesAreTools can also be a way of rounding out a character]]. Real people, even an ActionGirl or a WrenchWench, can have interests outside kicking ass or fixing machines. A strong female character isn't any less strong if she's also a SupremeChef.

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!Tropes:

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* AllGirlsLikePonies
* AllLesbiansWantKids: Every woman wants children, even if she has no interest in men.
* AllWomenLoveShoes
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: A woman can be an ActionGirl, but only as long as she stays attractive.
* BehindEveryGreatMan: A woman should be content to stay in the shadows and support a man's career, even if he is claiming all of her accomplishments as his own.
* CareerVersusMan: A woman can be forced to choose between getting her man or keeping her career. It never comes up that she could conceivably have both, and she will lose the audience's sympathy if she does not choose the man.
* ChickFlick: Women love these! The ones who claim otherwise are lying or they have something wrong with them.
* FamilyVersusCareer: A female character cannot have both a career and a family; she ''must'' choose to give one up. It's going to be family that wins if you want her to be a "good" character.
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Men do evil because [[ForTheEvulz they enjoy it]] or because [[AmbitionIsEvil they want something that can only be obtained that way]]. Women are coerced into doing evil by evil men.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: She can't cook? Clearly this is [[PlayedForLaughs meant to be funny]], a chance to get in a TakeThat at some group, or a sign of her insufficient femininity.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: A girl with a collection of soft, squishy teddy bears looks simultaneously childlike and nurturing.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful: There's nothing more important to a woman than her physical appearance.
* LineageComesFromTheFather[=/=]HeirClubForMen: Royal women should not expect to rule in their own right. A queen's job is to produce the sons for the man's SingleLineOfDescent.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: A female character's value is based entirely on whether or not she's a virgin. If she is, she's pure and virtuous and potential wife material. If she isn't, she's a dirty whore who should be disposed of accordingly.
* MandatoryMotherhood: Even if you don't want children, cosmic forces will ensure that you ''[[ButThouMust must]]'' conceive a baby.
** GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Consequence of the above
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Every woman wants a baby as she approaches menopause, even if she never did before.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Women's morality is measured entirely and exclusively on their attitude towards sex. Nothing else matters.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Female characters in positions of power got there through their connections to more important men. If Alice is the captain, no one will fail to mention that her father is the general.
* PrincessPhase: When little girls dream of political power, it's only so they can wear pretty dresses and get handsome prince husbands.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: A female character can be strong and assertive or pretty and feminine, but not both.
* RetailTherapy: There are no worries or concerns on a woman's mind that a trip to the mall can't solve.
** Related: MenBuyFromMarsWomenBuyFromVenus
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Working with fabrics, weaving, sewing and knitting is an acceptable career path for a woman who wishes to work.
* VanityIsFeminine: Femininity means being shallow, envious, and obsessed with beauty.
* WomenAreDelicate: Women are as fragile and dainty as a satin ribbon.
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