Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
Here’s to you, Mary Winchester, played by Amy Gumenick (above) and Samantha Smith (below).
You are a female character in a patriarchal narrative (a story written, directed and produced mostly by men, mostly about men, in which women are secondary characters).
You are defined as a wife, a mother and a daughter before you are defined as yourself. You are defined mostly by your relationships to men (we know everything about your sons, we know nothing about your girlfriends). You are burned to death by a demon; your death is the origin myth of the story.
Here’s to all the female characters in patriarchal stories. Here’s to all the women who are writing, acting, producing, directing, making their way in the still male-dominated worlds of film and television (both front and back of the camera).
Here’s to more stories about women, all the stories about women, here’s to the future of stories about women.
I love Supernatural, but it has its flaws. So here’s to Mary Winchester!