Quotes: The Smurfette Principle
"If Transformers really do have no gender, then why isn't there a better ratio of male-to-female voice actors?"
Mina?! Don't sneak up on me like that again! ...what are you doin' here? Mina:
Silly, to provide a female character.
"Then you’ve got Smurf books. Not actual Smurfs. I mean stories where there are five major characters, and one is brave and one is smart and one is grumpy and one keeps rats for pets and one is a girl. Smurfs, right? Because there was Handy Smurf and Chef Smurf and Dopey Smurf and Painter Smurf and ninety-four other male Smurfs and Smurfette. Smurfette’s unique personality trait was femaleness. That was the thing she did better than anyone else. Be a girl."
"Red is the perfect one, Black is the brooding bad-boy, Green is the clown and Yellow - well, she's the girl."
"We need get away from the idea that sexism in fiction can be tackled by reliance on depiction of a single personality type, that you just need to write one female character per story right and you’ve done enough...Nowadays the princesses all know kung fu, and yet they’re still the same princesses. They're still love interests, still the one girl in a team of five boys, and they’re all kind of the same. They march on screen, punch someone to show how they don’t take no shit, throw around a couple of one-liners or forcibly kiss someone because getting consent is for wimps, and then with ladylike discretion they back out of the narrative’s way."
— Sophia McDougall "I Hate Strong Female Characters"