I don’t think writers realize that “strong female character” means “well written female character” and not “female character who punches stuff and shoots stuff”
YES YES YES THANK YOU YES
Can’t it be both?
Oh absolutely!!! And that’s great, sometimes. It’s just frustrating when “strong female character” is defined solely as “male action hero but with boobs.” There are so many other ways to be strong and I love when female characters get to be strong in ways that aren’t just about traditional masculinity. But there are some completely awesome badass women with guns! It’s just not necessarily the guns that make them strong.