let me just say this. When you say you like a woman because she is a “strong female character,” you need to take a step back and look at this character. To you believe she’s a “strong, female character” because she’s existing in a role that has inherent male traits? Are you…
…Or maybe I just believe that, say, girls can fight (do I have to say, girls can fight, too?), and that’s not inherently masculine. Why is it inherently wrong to value strength or combative ability? How is disapproving of a female character doing “male” things going to help change society’s severely outdated notions of what is masculine or feminine? By the logic of “female character being liked because she is doing man things is wrong,” we just end up reinforcing stereotypes.
Let’s change the limits of masculine/feminine—let’s evolve as a society—instead of restricting ourselves to smaller and smaller boxes.
Gender policing in this roundabout direction still sucks, guys. I mean, “inherent male traits”? Inherent? Like what? The only inherent male trait is having a penis.
In conclusion: go see Haywire, where a female character—played by an actual, real world, female mixed martial arts fighter—is in the action hero role, doing typically “masculine” things, and making it excellent.