Posted Tuesday 15 Nov 2011
This article on Jezebel.com looks at the lack of female mentors in film and television programmes, noting that even heroines don't often have female mentors. Rather, they tend to be male, 'either gay or a potential love-interest. If a woman happens to give the heroine some mentoring, it's limited to certain advice-giving incidents, which are often questionable and sometimes destructive.'
The article gives plenty of examples of the male mentor types. 'The Devil Wears Prada and Miss Congeniality provide adorable and hilarious examples of the gay male mentor. These guys get the heroine into glamorous clothing and force her to stop whining about how unfair their life is.'
Have a read, and get thinking about putting a female mentor in your own projects!