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Let’s talk about the shittest current “strong female character” “Madison Clark”

She embodies everything that is wrong with women and feminism in one show!

This has been a running trend in film lately, the bad female characters that are supposed to inspire respect of men, women, and children alike. The character Madison Clark is the worst of the lot. The trouble is, most women couldn’t even define the meaning of respect, let alone command it. As a woman, I am appalled at this portrayal of “respected females” who are nothing but narcissists and bullies. Madison Clark is the female equivalent of a man who thinks his gender is all that it takes to be respected.

Madison Clark and the Fear the Walking Dead

Madison Clarke is the leading character in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, a sibling series of the same network’s The Walking Dead, which is, in contrast, a BRILLIANT TV show, with amazing female characters, like Michonne. The character, Madison Clark, is the main character of the show. She is supposedly this respected female, even feared, a man’s woman, a strong warrior, but… It seems all of that is very much just in her own head. Her main tools of trade are a big mouth and a huge ego.

Madison’s entire character and credibility is built upon the fact she is a mother of two. That’s all. That’s all she has to say for herself. She gave birth, got a massive burst of hormones that made her a “momma bear”.  AMC would have us believe that somehow makes her different to every other mom just like her, fighting to protect her children. Somehow though, Madison thinks she’s special, and that because she’s got kids, men will automatically respect her, but not the other mothers around her. I think she thinks other women don’t quite get what it means to be a woman.

Madison Clark is actually a realistic view on a type of a woman

I know women like that. She is a very identifiable character, but this show is set in a situation where there is no law or order. Little culture left, no police, no political correctness to adhere to. People are in constant danger, and in need of a REAL hero. There is no external reason to respect a person apart from how they treat you and others. In the real zombie world, she would have been raped and killed in season one, justifiably so, for several reasons, and not one of them is that “men are afraid of strong women”. All of Madison’s power is based on people being too polite to call her bullshit, and that politeness happens around the writing table. I am certain she is mainly the person responsible for the writing of her own character. Otherwise, she would have fallen already.

All of Madison’s power is based on people being too polite to call her bullshit, and that politeness happens around the writing table. It seems like she is mainly the person responsible for the writing of her own character. Otherwise, she would have fallen already.

Young ladies, do not mimic Madison. That would be dangerous.

Respectable women exist, of course. Just that “Madison Clark” is not one of them.

I am not saying that men do not respect powerful women, or that men would be so power hungry they simply have to have the power over women, no. That’s how stupid, simplistic women think. People want a capable leader, someone skilled, strategic, someone with real values and ideals. Someone who is willing to risk their own life to protect other people.

They want someone, male or female, who sees themselves as their equal, not their superior, someone who doesn’t think he/she and his/her children are more important than others and their children because you cannot trust a person like that. In a pinch, she’ll double-cross everyone else, just to save her own family. Never trust a leader who puts their family over yours, and self-identifies solely as a mother or a father of one single family. Their loyalties are clearly defined, and unless you’re related… Mind you, that women like that would have their daughter’s husband or their son’s wife killed if they had to make that choice, as they are not blood-related.

The writing team in damage control

The writers wanted to make her more relatable by having the two children discuss her childhood, and her having been abused in the past, in private. I suspect this scene was filmed without Kim Dicken’s (the actress who plays Madison Clark) knowledge… Otherwise, I suspect she would have insisted it doesn’t fit her character.

They have also made her say “she’s done atrociousness things in the name of family” just to make it seem like she has some level of remorse about it. In reality, I think she is/would be completely proud of what she’s done so far. She THINKS she’s doing exactly what a great mother should be doing.

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