look, i grew up with the whole 1990s "girl power" movement and i hated it. i hated the push for girls to enjoy and look up to awesome female characters because it just felt like i was being told that i shouldn't enjoy or look up to awesome male characters, with the implication that i could never be awesome in the precise same ways anyway. i was incredibly angry when pokémon crystal first introduced the option to play as a female character because really? i'm playing as a character whose entire world is completely different from my own and you think that their gender of all things is where my ability to suspend disbelief is bound to fail? you think my gender is such a fundamental aspect of me that it can't be overridden by anything else, that something i was born with by sheer coincidence is more important in defining who i am than anything i actually have a choice in? that's what i associate with "girls need female role models". forgive me for not being particularly enthusiastic about it.