Even if heroes and their journeys are typically imagined as male-centered, stories should not be afraid of breaking the mold and depicting women having their own odysseys.
People with physical disabilities have a long history of appearing in horror films as the antagonists, often against traditionally attractive, able-bodied female protagonists.
If nothing else, the new “God of War” represents how one can tell a tale revolving around masculinity without being insulting or toxic in the process.
“Fridging” has not disappeared, but instead it has begun to take on a new form that may be deemed more acceptable by current audiences.
Perhaps, in the future, the white heterosexual cis male gamer will not be seen as the default for who video games need to represent or please.
Much of “Alias Grace” revolves around how women are trapped and oppressed by the patriarchal society that they live in.