To elaborate on a post I made in another thread. I think a big mistake people make when dealing with feminist points of view, or what they consider to be strong or weak female characters, is that they often do so by tacitly ratifying the values of a patriarchal system. In other words, for many, to be a more liberated, strong female character, that character has to adopt values and attitudes seen as those of power in our traditional patriarchal system. In other words, they have to adopt roles, attitudes, values, and the like traditionally associated with males. This is a mistake because it assumes (again implicitly) that the patriarchal value system is the correct one, and that the best way to judge a female is by use of these values. For example, physical strength, determination of a specific sort (for example in business, antagonistic settings etc), and knowledge through reason to name a few. Of course, all people have these traits to one degree or another, and I'm not saying a strong female character should lack them. But they stand in contrast, in many writings, to de-valued traits in patriarchal systems, such as nurturing, knowledge through intuition, etc. So when you look at many (most?) books that are considered to have strong female characters, what you generally get is the same positive value on traits traditionally associated with males, and the same devaluation of traits traditionally associated with females. Again, let me stress that I am not saying it is right that one set has been associated with males over time, and others with females, I'm just stating the fact that it is the case, historically, and the reaction by many when attempting to produce a liberated, independent, and valued female characters is to emphasize as much as possible traits valued highly by patriarchy and de-emphasize those traits that are not valued. In reality, we all know that people across gender share all of these traits and others. I'm sure I'll elaborate on anything that is unclear or misunderstood based on what I've written above, but the general point is that people tend to assume that depicting a woman as having characteristics that are highly valued in patriarchy automatically results in a strong or feminist character, when in fact you've given up half or more of the battle right off the bat by assuming the patriarchal value system is the one that should be used to make assessments of worth.