As an interesting note, this page marks the first time this comic has passed the Bechdel Test. For those of you unfamiliar with the test, it’s for works of fiction and has the following requirements:
1) There must be two female characters with speaking parts
2) The two female characters must speak to each other
3) They must speak to each other about something other than a man
While technically they are talking about an action made by Koruval, this discussion is more about events in history than it is specifically about the High Sage. So I think it counts.
While passing the Bechdel test is not a guarantee that a story will be good, or that it will be feminist-friendly, it’s not a terrible place to start. In the article “I hate Strong Female Characters,” Sophia McDougall makes a great point about how casts with lone female characters in a group of men are given the unfortunate burden of representing all women-kind. Something that is impossible for any one person to do.
I’ve debated with myself as to whether or not it is better to have one minority character, whether by gender, race, or sexuality, that is really well written, or if it is superior to have multiple characters of that minority that are different from each other, but may be shallow characters or stereotypical representations. Ideally, both quantity and quality would be present, but if we have to start with one or the other, what would you choose and why?