Going Against Stereotypes

by bdhesse

How would you go against stereotypes? There are a lot of stereotypes used when creating characters. To a certain degree, these character types are necessary because they make it possible for us to create relatable characters. But what about when you want to criticize a certain stereotype?
For example, how would you create a female character that is physically strong to go against the “women are weaker than men” stereotype? How would you create a character that goes against the “obvious muscle mass equals strong” and “small with glasses means geeky” stereotypes?
Are there any stereotypes that you value and would want to represent in your work? Why or why not?

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