Straight women who keep derailing discussions about lesbian representation to demand more female characters whose storylines do not involve romance should shut up forever.
Tell me about all the films with unnecessary lesbian romance added just for the sake of it! (Romance, none of that bullshit inserted just for the male gaze.) Not much of a problem, right? Because the problem is not compulsory “romance”, it is compulsory heterosexuality. Women are only seen as important insofar as they exist to serve men and further their stories, and that is why we don’t get to see lesbians either. Relationships, both romantic and platonic, between women are terribly underrated.
Furthermore, major female characters are only acceptable as long as they’re heterosexual, so don’t try to blame L/B/Q women for your “lack” of independent female protagonists in mainstream cinema. Remember what happened with Brave? Every time there’s a major female character with no apparent love interest, we have to listen to your paranoid, homophobic arguments as to why she MUST BE STRAIGHT, no, nothing lesbian or queer here, that’s unimaginable! Hell, even if your strong female protagonist who doesn’t need a man to save her might possibly be bi or queer or a lesbian because it’s not explicitly stated she’s straight, it doesn’t matter at all because it still doesn’t count as L/B/Q representation, so you don’t need to be so defensive of her heterosexuality. Perhaps if we had more female characters who are explicitly lesbian/bi/queer, we wouldn’t need to cling to the possibilities offered by ambiguity.
When you act like having a lesbian plot line takes away from a character instead of adding to her potential, you’re just revealing your own homophobia. The idea that a romance somehow weakens a character because it brings focus to her partner simply does not work with same-sex relationships. So what if your well-developed female character has some of her storyline centered around… another female character? You probably end up with two strong female characters instead of just one. Again, the problem is not that women are seen as dependent on their love interests. The problem is that women are portrayed as inferior to and dependent on men.
TL;DR you’re huge lesbophobes and failing at feminism, please don’t open your mouths ever again.