MrBlack wrote:The problem with taking such a broad definition is that part of the problem with the "women in refrigerators" syndrome is that it is reducing female characters to nothing more than a plot device for a male character. It's demeaning to women. It's like having the black guy be the first to die in every movie. The problem isn't the fact that a secondary character has died, but that a certain group seems to be more frequently targetted for such deaths.
It's a somewhat different situation when you change the gender roles, which seems to be the crux of the feminist complaint. It might still be lazy writing, but it's not inherently offensive.
I think their argument is full of shit, akin to the "muscular half-naked male characters are meant to be shown as strong, but muscular half-naked female characters are meant to be shown as sex objects", as if objectification is a disease for only those with a certain chromosomal set, and women are beyond sexist thoughts and the lures of flesh.
Sure, I hate that blacks are seemingly always killed in horror flicks, but I recognize it as cliched storytelling and not some subconscious agenda against my race. There are substantially more male (hetero) superheroes, and due to the (tire) tropes of superhero storytelling people close to them--whether mates, friends, or parents--tend to often die for motivation. Readers don't like their heroes inherently altruistic, so murder is used as a ploy to compensate.