When I set out to watch Netflix’s new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I didn’t realize how much I would relate to Sabrina’s character. I expected to see the usual supernatural teen drama, but what I found was a female character who was unapologetically herself, unwilling to take the directives forced upon her. As a mom to two little girls, I found seven reasons why Sabrina is a role model for my daughters.
Some may argue that TV characters aren’t good role models, but there’s no question that art plays a role in shaping social and cultural perspectives. With a younger generation constantly looking for inspiration through social media and film, I think it’s important for young women to see strong female characters on screen. On The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the teenage witch is a modern feminist who's ready to kick ass and take names. You see Sabrina fight her coven’s patriarchal expectations head on, and despite all the emotional and magical strong-arming, she doesn’t budge from what she believes is right.
I’m no teen, and I’m certainly not a witch, but I come from a conservative religious community that expects women to be somewhat submissive — similar to Sabrina’s coven on the show — and I’m constantly trying to find a balance between their archaic traditions and my feminist core. I want my daughters to know that unlike the generations before them, they can choose whatever path they want in life, and that they aren’t bound by any patriarchal traditions or expectations.
I hope that my daughters grow up to be strong and confident women like Sabrina, and here are a few reasons why she is the perfect example of a young, bad-ass feminist.