I would argue that, while Whedon does write strong women, he does not write them as well as people think he does.
Terry Moore.Of course Men can write Women. and Women can write Men. Not everyone of either gender does it well, but then not everyone of either gender is a good writer either.Anyway, following that overly simplistic rant, I'm off to actually READ your article!
Definitely Terry Moore. Chris Claremont was good at writing a certain kind of woman. (I could digress, but I won't.) I won't tax my brain for other examples.Screenwriters have an advantage here in that their writing will be delivered by a woman who will (hopefully) care if her character comes off believably. (I'm looking at YOU Megan Fox.)Apropos of nothing… this makes me think of Jack Nicolson's line in "As Good as it Gets" - "I think of a man and take away reason and accountability." A blatantly sexist line, but it gets big laughs when he says it.Finally, I wish *I* had a picture of me hugging Snoopy.
Of course, my Whdon comment could very well stem from the fact that 95% of my main characters are female, and I don't write them any differently than men. I write people. I don't see a way how not to.