Didn’t even get to close the search string before I was told I was wrong.
This is appalling. What the hell, Google?
It’s not Google. Google just reflects what people search. It’s society that’s the problem.
I didn’t believe this was real until I tried it myself just now. I even got the red squiggly.
All male characters are inherently unlikable because male characters are allowed to be humans with flaws and defects.
Name one male character who is absolutely wonderful and makes right choices all the time… having trouble? Male characters are not required to be nice, fit a certain height and weight requirement, or follow any rules. In fact, most memorable male characters don’t follow the rules. Murderers, adulterers, rapists, whore-mongers, and child abusers are all praised in main stream literature and media. You can be a pedophile and be a literary hero, no problems.
But women must observe the strict dictates of the male gaze. A female character must be nice, always right (to prove to men she’s good at things because men assume women are wrong and fictional women need to break them of that), always strong, always virtuous. A female character must not be fat (unless she is old or the butt of jokes), to short or tall, and must not speak out of turn, call people names, call people on their behavior, or act like a prat.
Female characters who step out of the clearly defined role of a Fictional Female are considered unlikable. They are not fulfilling their duties to the male gaze or fitting the norms defined by centuries of misogyny. In point of fact, they’re behaving like real women, and that scares people.