I mean, she’s just such a bitch!
Sansa is probably one of the strongest characters in the show like, jesus, she is brave
Strongest characters? She cannot compare to the likes of Arya, Tryion and Jon to name just a few! She whines like fuck when Joffrey is being his usual twat-like self yet still insists on marrying him! She’s just the worst.
Brave doesn’t mean not being afraid, it means standing up to what you are afraid of. If she said anything against joffrey she would be put to death. And she still manages to slip in a few insults here and there. She knows what she has to do to stay alive and though it horrifies her, she still manages to do it
I actually did a research project a month or so back regarding the fandom mischaracterization and demonization of traditionally feminine characters which are “otherwise” strong characters, narratively speaking [quotations used because, contrary to what seems to be popular belief, it is entirely possible to be feminine and also strong, as well as being a strong character—which I’d like to point out, you can be a weak person and still be a strong character, in that strong characterization refers to a well-crafted, realistic narrative element.
Seriously though, the girl is literally in the lion’s den. She’s been raised all her life to be a princess, and she likes that—there’s nothing wrong with it. She’s good at a lot of things, and is naive, and romantic, and none of those make her weak.
Have I mentioned she’s like, fucking 14?
For fuck’s sake. What were you doing at 14?
Watching you father beheaded in front of you by your originally charming [well that’s debatable, but I think being an infatuated and hopeful 14 year old kind of pulled the wool over her eyes a bit] but now increasingly psychotic fiance? Surely not. Arya might’ve also lost her father, but she didn’t get to see it, and she wasn’t a mere five feet from him when it happened.
That’s one hell of a trauma to face, and she bears it with an amazing amount of resolve. Everyone around her is waiting for her to trip up, and when she doesn’t, they make up excuses and situations to blame her for, especially Cersei and Joffrey.
She looks at the piked heads of her father and her lady in waiting, the two people she had held closest to her, and doesn’t even cry, because that would be letting Joffrey win.
That takes incredible strength, and honestly, it could be argued that that kind of emotional resolve—the poise and self-control that is the only thing she has left to fight back with, and the only thing that’s keeping her alive—takes a lot more strength than flying off the handle or fighting in a war.
I just. Argh. I could go on for ages about this, and it wouldn’t make any difference in the world. There’s hundreds of examples of why she’s incredibly developed as a character, nevermind her internal strength.
Before you go calling characters weak just because they’re feminine or “whiny”, maybe you should look up the term ‘internalized misogyny’, just for kicks.