Posted just for my feminista friends:
I'll ask the same question I always ask in these situations: why is it every time I see a model for writing the "healthy" young female protagonist (i.e., the only one that's politically acceptable), it's always the same? It's always the self-confident, hard-headed, do their own thing character. While that character is fine – even admirable – where is the recognition of human foibles? Aren't flawed characters so much more fun? (I actually prefer damaged characters, but that's too far for some.) Yes, I agree, they can be all of those things and still be flawed but that's never brought in to the discussion. And at the end of the conversation, if these characteristics are good for female characters, why aren't they good for male characters too?
(Muse: You're stirring up shit again.)
It's what I do.