Ever since I watched the first episode of Marvel's Jessica Jones, I've been trying to sort through why it resonated so heavily with me.
Aside from a realistic look at abuse (which coincides with a powerful metaphor for abuse), the authenticity in Jessica Jones' portrayal of women is exactly the sort of thing we need to see more of in media of all types. Jessica herself is a very good person at the core, but very, very flawed.
Yet we never doubt that she is our hero -- even with her flaws and fuck-ups and abrasive attitude, even with any number of victim-blaming attributes that could easily be assigned, particularly in the fashion of modern victim-blaming. We never stop rooting for her, feeling for her, or doubting the abuse she endured was real and traumatic. Yet she isn't cowed. She isn't mentally weak, and she sure as hell isn't physically weak. In this, we get the very real message that these things can happen to the strongest people. That the people who endure this sort of abuse aren't asking for it.
Jessica, for this reason, is my favorite character in the media right now...and I can't wait to see how she evolves in future installments.