Collected works by Elle Shutty

What Is A Good Woman?

By Elizabeth Shutty

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Draw a perfect woman! Add details to show what she is like.

How close are you to being the perfect woman? What things do you have in common and how are you different?

What did your drawing look like? Chances are that your woman had the following characteristics:

Beautiful and thin

Quiet or weak

Interested in marrying a man

Does your drawing match this description?

Most women and girls have a clear image in their heads of what it takes to be the perfect woman.

But where does this image come from?

If no one is ever taught what a perfect woman would be like, how did everyone get the same picture in their head?

The source of the image in your head comes from the world around you, with many pieces coming together to form what seems like a complete picture. Every movie you watch, commercial you see, and toy you buy has affected what you think women ought to be like.

It’s strange that you could learn something without trying, isn’t it?

On the next two pages I’m going to show you heroines and villains.



What differences did you notice?

Even if you hadn’t seen the movies, would you be able to tell the difference between the heroines and the villains of the movies?

What were their biggest differences?

The princesses were all beautiful and thin, but the evil women were mostly ugly. But does being ugly really make a woman evil?

All of the heroines are lying down and crying and all of the evil women are standing and look powerful.

Why are all of the strong, powerful women evil? And why must the good princesses be so weak and powerless?

Do you know of any strong women who you know are good people? Who?

After seeing princesses shown as weak, you might think that is something a good woman needs to be. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Woman can be good AND strong. On the next page I’m going to show you famous, strong women who changed the world for the better. Shown: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Marie Curie.


What other differences did you notice between the lives of the villains and of the princesses? One difference is that all of the princesses ended up with a prince, where all of the evil women were not involved with a man.

Do all of the nice women you know have boyfriends or husbands?

Not all women fall in love with men, and this is fine! All women are different and this is part of what makes us so special. What is different about you that makes you special?

So watching movies can make you think things about the way women should be.

But just because you always see something a certain way doesn’t mean it is always true!

Remember that women can be good no matter what they look like! And remember that being strong is a good thing!





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