QUOTE(M3i @ Oct 4 2004, 01:26 PM)
Remember, the mangaka of the series is a female O_o"... you barely know any state alchemists period, let alone female ones. Besides, most of the females kickass in the series, maybe it just goes to show you they're smart enough not to become a state alchemist
And would the mangaka be discriminating against her own gender? (unless you're like some people here XD)
I'm gonna throw in with this one. Makes the most sense so far.
The women of Hagaren-Land are mostly either "NPCs" (if I can get away with importing this gaming term) or badasses. There's not a lot of gray area.
Pinako - Badass (elderly)
Riza - Badass (passive)
Izumi - Badass (dominant)
Winry - Badass (sometimes)
Schieschxzka...bookworm - Not a badass (but very smart and willful)
None of these character types fit with the Suzy Homemaker stereotype which would be common in the era (of RL) in which the story takes place. For that we've got -
Juliet Davis - Secretary
Hughes' wife - Mother/Homemaker
Mrs. Elric - Mother/Homemaker
Dante - Old gardener lady
Countless random strangers - Mostly mothers and/or homemakers of some sort.
I don't know if I spelled the Fuhrer's secretary's name right.
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Seems to me that most of the main female characters have managed to avoid being sterotyped. Double standards (with male sterotyping) should also be considered, as well as the difference between "Sterotype" and "Archtype" and how they're both used in fiction and storytelling.
And that's my two cents on that.