I often wondered why in all the good stories (movies and books) I know nearly all the cool characters are always male. I'm not a fan of romances, romantic comedies or melodramas, so I can't really talk about that, but for anything else... Whenever there's a protagonist who is really interesting - like not being 2-dimensional and boring, not being a sissy whiner and not being too perfect - it's like a 95% possibility that this character is a man. If the character makes the audience laugh, it's even worse... like 99,99% chance to be male. If someone would ask me to name my 20 favourite characters from movies, books and stuff they'd be exclusively men. Just a few days ago I read the following article: http://www.overthinkingit.com/2008/08/18/why-strong-female-characters-are-bad-for-women/ That's quite what I think. If there are female protagonists, they're either kind of embellishment for the story's hero (to be saved from danger, mostly), or it's that "Oh I'm so independent and strong and I fight like Bruce lee while wearing just underwear and high heels in battle" type of woman. I'm SO annoyed, really! I don't understand it, anyway. Why isn't there something like a female Jack Sparrow? At least I never found one. For me it's easier to write female protagonists (that's because I'm a woman, I guess?) but I start to feel like a bra burner just because in my latest story there are four female main characters and only one and a half men (the half man is just a half because he leaves the story in the middle). People who have been told about the story instantly started to ask something like "Where are the men in this story?" or "Don't you think you need some more male characters?" Whereas no one would wonder about a group consisting of, say, 6 men and only one woman, or even only men. I don't really understand it. Why is that? Anyone else wondering about the same thing?