If she’s female she must be “feisty”
Writers, publicists and producers take note: Beware one of TV's biggest clichés!
adjective, feist·i·er, feist·i·est.
1. full of animation, energy, or courage; spirited; spunky; plucky: The champion is faced with a feisty challenger.
2. ill-tempered; pugnacious.
3. troublesome; difficult: feisty legal problems.
In TV synopses, whether in Drama, Reality or Lifestyle, men can be aggressive, but never feisty. Women are rarely tough or hard-hitting. They’re always feisty, sometimes plucky…
I’ve looked back across the blog archive and found a string of clichés used to describe women. I only found one occasion of “feisty” being associated with males and it was used to describe an argument. All the rest were female.
Here’s a collection of those I have uncovered:
“Sarah Peirse as Ted’s feisty and sports-mad wife, –Old School ABC
“It’s game on for our four feisty brides!” – Four Weddings, Seven.
“Susie also delves deeper into her family past and looks back further to another generation to learn about Winifred’s parents and discovers a feisty soul in the form of her great, great grandmother Eliza.” –Who Do You Think You Are, SBS.
“Denise Scott as the matriarch of the Gross family and newcomers Zoe Tuckwell-Smith as faithful Bec, Melissa Bergland as loud and opinionated Jenny, Melanie Vallejo as the fit and feisty Sophie, and returning to Channel Seven is Virginia Gay as high powered workaholic Frances.” –Winners and Losers, Seven.
“Things would be so much easier if everyone listened to him and followed his lead, but his obsessively house-proud wife and two feisty daughters have other ideas. – Citizen Khan, BBC.
“Shirley Frey would have to be the oldest person in Australia to be kicked out of a nursing home. But this feisty 84-year-old is refusing to budge, chaining herself to her room.”- Today Tonight, Seven.
“His employer has just died, his sister-in-law is in love with him, and the feisty spirit of his mother Eden has come to protect the family destiny” – The Gods of Wheat Street, ABC
“There’s no shortage of tension at Wary’s extravagant mansion as Mark’s gorgeous but feisty girlfriend, Sharon, tries to keep his wandering eye in check.” –Mark Loves Sharon, TEN.
“Alice is confrontational and feisty; she will not shy away from a disagreement. She is ultra competitive and looking for Mr. Right.” –Big Brother, TEN.
“Tough talking Charlotte Dawson [feisty Australia’s Next Top Model judge, fashion journalist and ex-model] has taken on the role of mentor…” – Australia’s Next Top Model, Foxtel.
“On stage, she’s a feisty rock chick – a woman with a big voice whose songs can make a bloke feel very small indeed.” – 60 Minutes on P!nk, Nine.
“A terrible tempest ensues killing many on board the ship. The few survivors – sensitive young doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas), Viking warrior Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), beautiful but aloof Nala (Estella Daniels), feisty street thief Rina (Marama Corlett), the calm, insightful Cook (Junix Inocian), and Sinbad – find themselves thrown together on a spellbinding voyage of discovery.” – Sinbad, Sky1.
“Feisty Vicky is Newcastle’s Queen bee who often finds herself getting into scraps with the locals and ‘swilling’ drinks over her love rivals,” –Geordie Shore, MTV.
“…feisty Brit Catherine Ommanney, married to a White House photographer” – The Real Housewives of DC, Bravo.
“Starting over, they rent a house that happens to come with one very feisty caretaker.” –Hot in Cleveland, TV Land.
“They are led by the feisty and passionate Dr Gillian Magwilde (Julie Graham – William And Mary),” –Bonekickers BBC.
“Naomi (Lily Loveless) is a feisty gal – passionate, principled and often locking horns with others in the group.” Skins, BBC.
“The TARDIS lands in Victorian London on Christmas Eve, where Tennant collides with a second Doctor who has a feisty female assistant (Velile Tshabalala) and a sonic screwdriver” –Doctor Who, BBC.
“While trying to put out a monthly magazine, the blokes have to contend with their wily and demanding boss Anne (Leah Vandenberg), and Carl’s feisty P.A. Tina (Sophie Katinis).” –Stupid, Stupid Man, TV1.
” is feisty fiancée Emily (Zoe Telford) is determined to prove his innocence and, aided by both eager journalist Charles Burnaby (James Murray) and Miss Marple” – Miss Marple, ITV.
“Jacqueline de Bellefort, a feisty and clever young woman is engaged to Simon Doyle (JJField)” –Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Death On The Nile, ITV.