I came across this wonderful feminist retrospective HERE.(Videos!)
Growing up as a gamer girl, I always wondered why there were so few strong female protagonists, and usually sided with the strong and nefarious female villains. I also despaired that any strong female character was always bitchy, disliked and unavailable emotionally. (Not a realistic view of strong women at all, merely an exaggerated stereotype of the widely feared lesbian feminist)
On a lighter note, This awesome Mario/DK mod. Dad changes out Mario sprite for Princess Toadstool in classic arcade game! A+ parenting. The mod is available for download, and I recommend adding it to your ROM collection!