If you’re anything like me, then you too, live in two worlds—the world of audio-visual fiction and the one back in reality. For way too long now, I’ve been influenced, inspired and taken in by the world of fictional female characters who have been unabashedly and unapologetically true to themselves. Their experiences have taught them to be bold with a couldn’t-care-less attitude when it comes to dealing with the abundance of chauvinism and sexism that they encounter on a daily basis whether in their relationship or in their professional lives. Whether it's Katie Steven’s one-liners that leave most agape or Astrid Leong’s dialogues from Crazy Rich Asians, here’s a roundup of savage AF dialogues by female characters that will make you want to kick some a** too.
Sutton Brady, The Bold Type
“First of all, I can screw whoever I want.”
Yes, you can. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise (unless it’s your best friend—they kind of have the right to). Be unapologetic when you’re in your hoe phase (we say that with love!), and be unapologetic when you’re not. It’s about time women own their sexuality and ask for what they want and need. We’d like to remind all, that it is no longer cool to s**t shame people into thinking they’re sleeping their way up the corporate ladder or shame them about who they sleep with, or how many people they sleep with. Fin.
Avni Sharma, Veere Di Wedding
“Jitna bhi padh lo graduation, post-graduation… par jab tak b****** mangalsutra gale mein nahi lagta na… tab tak life complete nahi hoti.”
This one got us right in the feels. No matter how hard she tries or how ambitious she is, a woman’s life appears to be entirely incomplete without the label of being someone’s wife or daughter-in-law. We would hardly be surprised to know that this dialogue has resonated with millions of women, across generations who have gone been victims of the same-old, orthodox mindset. About time we changed, isn’t it?
Katie Stevens, The Bold Type
“Go in there with the confidence of an incredibly average white man.”
We concur. For years, women have been made to feel inferior to their male counterparts and conditioned into believing that they deserve less. We were never made to see our worth, resulting in generations of under-confident and fearful women. Not anymore. We hope—after this dialogue.
Stephani Smothers and Emily Nelson, A Simple Favour
“Stephanie: Yeah, bleh, sorry
Emily: Don’t say you’re sorry. You don’t need to do that. You don’t need to apologise. It’s a f*****up female habit. You don’t need to be sorry for anything ever.”
There you have it ladies. You don’t need to apologise for being too much—too emotional, too picky, too fat, too thin, too anything. The truth is, people will always judge you no matter what you do or say—so why not do it your way fearlessly and courageously as ever?
Shashi Godbole, English Vinglish
“Mard khana banaye toh kala hai, aurat banaye toh uska farz hai.”
Amen. Someone had to say it and we’re glad, Sridevi’s character from the film English Vinglish did.
Mary Kom, Mary Kom
“Nail polish kisi bhi time lagana ... har ladki ka birthright hota hai.”
Truer words were never spoken. Often, women sports players are trolled and criticised for the way their dress, their hair, makeup and nails. The focus is more on their appearance rather than their game. But why should a young girl or woman let anyone decide their appearance? It doesn’t take away from their game, talent or skill set. Does it?
Astrid Leong, Crazy Rich Asians
“It’s not my job to make you feel like a man. I can’t make you something you’re not.”
Ooof—if we may say so ourselves. For generations, women have been made to believe that their husbands are their responsibility that the men of the family are somehow superior to you and you must conform to norms, conventions and plentiful obligations.
Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
“I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it.”
And if Carry Bradshaw can’t, we won’t either. There’s been too much talk for women to dress perfectly, sit properly, yada yada—but all we really want it to be in messy hair buns and oversized t-shirts while sipping on some iced coffee—which may just spill. Is that too much to ask?