"There are now women politicians, women soldiers, women scientists, women astronauts. But our mission is only half-done: we still haven't prevented men from doing those things!"A character whose "feminism" is drawn only for the purposes of either proving the character wrong or mocking them. Typical depictions of Straw Feminists usually present them as misandrists who exhibit Political Correctness Gone Mad. Expect depictions to show them as stereotypical butch lesbians, unattractive elderly women or attractive yet devious femme fatales, or in the more extreme cases being hyper-militants that see obscene violence towards, the Nazi-like subjugation of, or even the total extermination of any living being with a Y chromosome as an acceptable thing to do. It is not uncommon to see works from textbook feminists using this depiction to criticize the more radical forms of feminism. Compare and contrast Straw Misogynist , which is this trope with the genders reversed. Due to the polarizing nature of straw tropes such as this, Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment should be considering to avoid possibility of Flame War; hence, even though there exist feminists acting this way, this trope is about fictional examples only. See also Useful Notes on Feminism.
— April June, Chilly Beach
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- Parodied in a campaign of M&M featuring "Mrs. Brown" (a brown M&M) as one of these. In contrast to the sexy, go-go boot wearing green M&M, Mrs. Brown is a dour bookworm in hipster glasses who condescendingly berates people for only liking her because she's made of chocolate, and not for her intellect, while dating a man based solely on his appearance.
Anime & Manga
- Benio and the Zuka Club from Ouran High School Host Club are a troupe of lesbian actresses (parody of the real-life Takarazuka Revue) who advocate female superiority and at one point (pictured above) perform a Nazi salute against a backdrop of a red flag with the Japanese character 女 (onna meaning "woman") instead of a Swastika — literal feminazis. Their radicalism is probably just a result of being headstrong teenagers who are just as silly as the Host Club. At the end of the episode, Haruhi, whom they'd been trying to recruit, tells them that she finds their viewpoint "interesting and unique" but doesn't feel like leaving her friends in the Host Club. In the original manga, the conflict is eventually resolved with the Host Club's apologetic invitation to one of the Zuka Club's performances, which everyone found enjoyable. This ending was replaced with banana peel jokes in Bones' anime adaptation.
- Armitage III. The backstory is given in snippets, but a key plot element is that feminists have become political powerhouses equivalent to Greens. It is implied by the presence of an Earth "observer" that on Earth, women have gained status equivalent to South African whites under apartheid — and few are willing to give that up just because Mars Needs Women. Space has been colonized, and Mars has been partially Terraformed, but has thus been unable to draw enough women to the planet to breed new Martians. Androids known as "Seconds" were created first as a source of labor, then upgraded to Ridiculously Human Robots as a immigration draw; come to Mars and leave the shrews behind for a sweet, willing conCeption Sexbot! The long term solution was to build fertile women — the eponymous "Thirds"; robots so human that they can be impregnated. When the Straw Feminists find out about the plan, the threat to their power base pisses them off to no end, resulting in an ultimatum; scrap the baby machines or Mommy will come do it personally, along with as much of the landscape as necessary.
- Maid-Sama! stars Misaki Ayuzawa, the first female Student Council President of an all-boys-turned-coed school, who initially fits this trope, causing her no end of trouble against the majority male student body. Her backstory — her father abandoning her, her younger sister, and their sickly mother to a huge debt — provides some justification, and soon Character Development forces her to face the fact that the boys' antagonism to her is but a reflection of her own antagonism against them. It soon becomes clear that, regardless, Misaki's dislike of injustice in any form is much stronger than her dislike of men.
- Aquarion Evol features MIX, a prudish redhead who deems boys inferior to girls in terms of combat potential, and is opposed to inter-gender interaction even after her school turned from gender-segregated to coed. She in particular despises Andy and his lecherous antics. This is partially justified by her father's affair with a woman he met at a hole-in-the-wall bathhouse (thus also contributing to her dislike of holes, which happens to be Andy's specialty). Soon, however, she starts defrosting to her male classmates and learns to cooperate with them.
- During the 'Til Death chapter of the Star Trek manga the Enterprise comes across a ruined planet, finding two sarcophagi on the surface. After beaming them back up the male and female crew begin acting hostile toward each other, at which point the women begin to behave as Straw Feminist and the men begin to act in a similar fashion. The sarcophagi open and Spock is able to determine that the planet was destroyed in a gender war, the leaders of which inside the coffins have been psychically influencing the crew.
- This is most likely the reason why women are viewed as monsters by men in Vandread.
- In Shitsurakuen, the female protagonist tries to protect girls from their male chauvinistic classmates, and she has lesbian attractions with the girls under her protection. As it turns out, she is only interested in helping girls because she was attacked by a Psycho Lesbian, and once she realizes this, she realizes that it's wrong to only focus on helping girls and being attracted to girls, because the boys shouldn't be considered villains. She immediately forgives all the boys and starts dating one. The offensiveness is far less with this example given the way everything in the story is treated seriously.
- The Capitol Steps "Angry Feminist Nursery Rhymes".
- If written badly, Wonder Woman can become this. Sometimes, though, it's used to explore values dissonance or as a foundation for character development, such as with Diana's origin story.
Old Amazon: I say to you, that beast is man! See its lust for alcohol, and raw meat, and sex!
Wonder Woman: (Thought Caption) Well, this is a diplomatic nightmare. Why do people think a belief in women equals a hatred of men?
Old Amazon: They love war! Them, and worse, their women! And worst of all...
Wonder Woman: (Thought Caption): Please don't say it, please don't say it.
Old Amazon: They leave the toilet seat up!
Amazons: Kill the men! Kill the men!
Wonder Woman: (Thought Caption) Urgh. Kill the scriptwriter.
- Taken to the Logical Extreme in Frank Miller's All-Star Batman & Robin, in one issue of which Wonder Woman violently shoves a man out of her way while growling, "Out of my way, sperm bank!"
- Arcs like Amazons Attack and the Alternate Universe of Flashpoint show them at their most monstrous. Although they were out for the blood of anybody who was not an Amazon, it could be told in all seriousness that men had it worse. As in "secret experimentation camps created without Diana's knowledge (because they were too horrible even for her)" worse, in Flashpoint.
- In a move that borders on the clever, Wondy's archenemies are sometimes portrayed this way. Circe is a clear misandrist and the first Cheetah is of the "tries to tear down other women due to build herself up" type who hides her real attitude through her vapid beauty products.
- Robot Chicken portrayed Wonder Woman this way for a parody of The Real World, where the raging feminist with a chip on her shoulder is practically a stock character. At one point, while comforting Catwoman, she remarks "Who needs men anyway?", and the sketch ends with her jumping up, shouting "THAT'S IT!" and beating the stuffing out of the Hulk because he mistook poker for Yahtzee.
- The Cirinists and Kevillists in Cerebus the Aardvark are straw constructions of the second and third waves of feminism, respectively.
- Goldilocks from Fables seems to be this, but she's really cynically using her rhetoric as a tool to manipulate the people around her.
- Both used and subverted in Y: The Last Man, which contains both the insane, violent Amazons as well as other, rational feminists (both peaceful and not).
- Sarah Rainmaker of Gen¹³ frequently yelled at Grunge for gawking at her and Bobby for being sexist. However, she had no problems objectifying women herself. In one issue she yells at Grunge for staring at her chest, but just a few pages before remarks that a Coda Warrior had a "nice ass."
- Although her pro-feminist stance was portrayed as a good thing in the '70s, by the Justice League Europe days of the late '80s, Power Girl was portrayed as an obnoxiously outspoken feminist; this may have been a jab at the more conservative attitudes of the Reagan years. Today, her attitudes are portrayed in a positive light again (though the fanservice has been dialed up a bit as well).
- Black Canary was similarly written as such in Justice League International. She was shown to be humiliated when Mister Miracle saved her from falling to her death, and angrily chastised a Manhunter android for not having the more politically correct name of "Personhunter".
- Marvel Comics
- The supervillain Superia wants to either eliminate, enslave, or feminize all men — and doesn't mind sterilizing 90% of Earth's women to make it happen. As Anaconda of the Serpent Society puts it, "What'samatter, you didn't get asked out to the prom or somethin'?" Superia seems to have dropped this in her later reappearance; she has both men and women in her employ and treats both her male and female mooks like crap and now mainly focuses on her own selfish goals. This is probably because her previous schemes usually were foiled with the help of other female characters.
- Man-Killer, whose name speaks for itself. Her Freudian Excuse is that she was scarred by men.
- Surge from New X-Men was an example, to the extent that she also came off as a bit of a bigoted Jerk Ass. She chewed out her Muslim roommate Dust over her decision to wear a burqa, going so far as to call her an embarrassment to women everywhere.
- Women from Thundra's future fit this trope to a 'T', where women have enslaved men, using them for entertainment and sex . After their reality merged with its Spear Counterpart the result had both sexes living together in peace. Thundra later found another such reality, the copy of her original one where it never merged, lived there for awhile, and then came back to the present leaving there a daughter Lyra who too grew up into another Straw Feminist. However, both characters have changed a bit where they became heroes of the present and showed romantic interest in men. But both Thundra and Lyra are shown to still enslave men on other worlds, and none of the heroes they work with seem to care.
- Valkyrie started as this, fighting first the Avengers and then the Hulk in the name of defeating "male chauvinist pigs." She still falls into it sometimes, for example she spent her Avengers Academy guest appearance lecturing the female students how much men suck and how women don't really need them especially for sex, urging the girls to use vibrators instead.
- Diane Di Massa took this to the extreme in Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist, who dreams of "a world without penises".
- The British adult comic Viz has Millie Tant, a fat, ugly and possibly lesbian extreme feminist who spouts a lot of S.C.U.M.-esque nonsense and many strips end with her turning out to be a hypocrite.
- A Superman comic had Livewire cause every computer, camera, microphone, and the like to malfunction whenever men tried to use them. Lois Lane and other female Planet employees rightly called Livewire out on it during the course of the story. Livewire also comes off as this in some stories from The Superman Adventures.
- The original Killer Frost from DC's Firestorm had an extreme hatred of men and froze them solid on sight, even her defense attorney. Granted, her male workers did not treat her with much respect but she did not go crazy until Martin Stein brushed off her advances when she mistook his platonic interest in her for attraction.
- In Adventure Comics #236, the female members of the Legion of Super-Heroes are brainwashed by a planet of women (who banished all their men for not fighting for sport) into wanting to kill the male Legionaires. Then Mon-El saves their planet and they realise men are okay, really. The name of the planet is Femnaz. No, really.
- Preacher had occasional appearances from two Greek Chorus political pundits, a left-wing Straw Feminist and a similarly stereotypical right-wing Rush Limbaugh No Celebrities Were Harmed. The subplot climaxed in one of the last issues, when Jesse used his Compelling Voice to get them to stop arguing and "say what you really want". At which the Straw Feminist broke down about how sex-starved she was and how much she "wanted cock", and the conservative responded with an embarrassed "I want cock too".
- Bravura in Astérix and the Secret Weapon, especially in the first couple of acts. She's incredibly rude to men at all times for no reason, plays 90s-style feminist folk music that the men despise, accuses critics of her aggressive and nasty behaviour of being misogynists, and dedicates her (children's) school to educating the village women about equality, apparently in the interests of gaining power. The only man she likes is Asterix, because she admires his intelligence and Hot-Blooded streak compared to the other men, but she treats him entirely as a sexual object for her own amusement and refuses to acknowledge any of his feelings on the matter. She's also shown to be a pacifist, who decides to surrender to the Romans in the hope of benefiting from the Pax Romana. However, when her surrender is denied, even though everyone else is willing to fight, she and Asterix collude to peacefully Gallify the Romans instead (through converting the village to sell designer shoes) and she apologises to everyone, realising she and he are Not So Different, and allowing Asterix to kiss her gallantly on the hand (with an ass shot, in case you didn't get it).
- Ginda Bojeffries in The Bojeffries Saga constantly accuses men of hating and fearing her because of her superpowers and disrespecting her as a woman, even if they haven't said anything. She also casually sexually-harasses men, and when she's actually sexually attracted to them, her behaviour goes straight through Do You Want to Copulate? and into Black Comedy Rape territory.
- De Kiekeboes has an album called Het boerka complot where there is a main villain that has become Van Der Kasseien's secretary wife that has a plot to spread a virus among men through a worm to make men go extinct because she found out that women could copulate through alternative means, using all the abuse that women suffer in other countries as a reason for her plans. She is actually supported by plenty of women (including Van Der Kasseien's own wife in-law) in-universe in the album, though she was eventually caught. Her views are so sexist (she thinks male either only obey other male or are making an olympic discipline out of the attraction of women) that it's unbelievable that Marcel Kiekeboe and Van der Kasseien fit her description to a T.
- "Prime's Rib", a story exclusive to the UK version of the Marvel-published Transformers comic, explained the female Autobot Arcee's existence as being created by the Autobots to appease a group of feminists that whined about the Transformers identifying as male even when told that Transformers technically have no gender. Even after Arcee's creation, the feminists are still not happy and proceed to complain about Arcee looking weak, being colored pink, and being the only female Transformer in existence. They especially took exception to Hot Rod stating that he's all for Transformer women after he inadvertently ended up colliding into Arcee.
- In one short series of Peanuts strips, Lucy declared herself a "new feminist", and refused to play on Charlie Brown's baseball team because it was "degrading" to take part in a male-dominated sport. (This, of course, is Hilarious in Hindsight, because most actual feminists would jump at the chance to participate in co-ed sports; in later strips, Peppermint Patty was a lot more eager to do so, despite also standing up for equality.)
- Tina the Tech Writer from Dilbert is an unorthodox variation. Far from being the stereotypical butch lesbian, Tina is, if anything, the girly girl to Alice's tomboy. Nevertheless, Tina sees imaginary sexism everywhere and blames her mostly self-inflicted problems on it. Generally, when Scott Adams wants to make a point about actual sexism, it will happen to Alice, who will respond with snark and/or a Megaton Punch. As a result, it seems that all the real sexism happens to Alice, but never to Tina.
- Taken to a ridiculous extreme in the parody (probably) Frozen fanfic The Most Men's Rights Activist Fanfic Ever Made, where the "protagonists" are violent and frankly psychotic MRAs and the antagonists (including Elsa) are stereotypical Tumblr feminists. However, while the "antagonists" do fall into several feminist stereotypes, like being pagan and sexually progressive, only Elsa and Anna come across as evil; the other Disney princesses are perfectly normal people that get violently attacked by the protagonists.
- Hogwarts Schoolof Prayer And Miracles has a lot of strawpeople, as everyone who doesn't agree with the very conservative author gets this treatment. Aunt Petunia has short hair and "never wears any makeup". The author goes on to describe her in negative terms, and it is pretty clear she is meant to be viewed as ugly, mannish feminist.
Films — Animation
- An alternative opening to The Incredibles has a suit-wearing career-woman visitor to the Parr household criticizing Helen for being a stay-at-home mom, mainly so that Helen can shut her down; this trope is the reason it's not in the movie.
Films — Live-Action
- In 100 Girls, the main character takes a Women's Studies class. Every time we see him in this class, the camera zooms in to the teacher's underarm hair with a dramatic sound effect. Towards the end of the movie, there's an anvilicious scene where he tells the teacher that inequality doesn't exist and it's all just a case of men and women misunderstanding each other. The teacher replies by painting men as evil, but the entire class full of females breaks into applause for him.
- Played for every last laugh the scriptwriters can wring from Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death.
- The campy and stereotype-heavy Disney film Follow Me, Boys! has one played by Vera Miles. She rants that men "are all alike, puffed-up lords of the universe". After the cheerful scoutmaster wins her heart, though, she has no quarrel with becoming a housewife.
- Early in The Boondock Saints, the brothers show a rather butch female employee around their job (a meat-packing plant). The woman goes off on them for using the phrase "Rule of Thumb", citing the (apocryphal) origin of the term, and things soon escalate to the point where she kicks one of them, Connor, in the balls, followed by the other brother, Murphy, laying her out on the floor with one punch, leading to both of them getting fired for hitting a girl.
- Hayley and especially her mother in The Sandlot 2. The movie is set during the 2nd wave of feminism and it does not let you forget it. Hayley's mom bitches at her husband for daring to call their daughter sweetheart since it's demeaning and later gives Hayley the advice "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." They even have a cat named Miss Susan B. Later we find out Hayley grew up to become both a baseball player and a model and her equally feminist friends became housewives.
- Parodied in Down with Love, in which Barbara, Vicki and most of the other female characters zigzag alarmingly between this trope, at least in it's early 1960s equivalent, and 'submissive housewife doll' mode, while the men also frequently veer wildly between stereotypical thoughtless pigs and over-sensitive new age guys. The movie ends with the main characters of both genders reaching an accommodation with each other and settling into happy and satisfying relationships based on equal terms.
- In Legally Blonde you have the character of Enid Wexlin, a lesbian who is probably the most annoying character in the film. One scene shows her going around with a clipboard to get people to sign a petition to change the word "semester" to "ovester" because she has come to the conclusion that semester comes from "semen" and is thus another form of male dominance. Elle puts her in her place later.
- One of the Women's Studies professors in Sorority Boys, who also doubles as something of a Stern Teacher based on the absurd amounts of work she assigns. One shot during a montage shows her underlining "THE VAGINA IS ERGONOMICALLY SUPERIOR TO THE PENIS" in willy-shrivelingly huge letters on the chalkboard. The same montage has her talking about the "myth of the male orgasm". Played for Laughs, hopefully.
- The plot of the Polish dystopia flick Sex Mission is all about an underground society ruled completely by this trope.
- The "Womynists" in PCU — Played for Laughs, though, as everyone was a Strawman Political.
- The Hairy Bird:
Odie: You hypocrite. I thought you hated boys.
Verena: I know, but I've been thinking, perhaps they are like dogs. If we don't take them in, they run wild and are a danger to society.
- The divorce court run by women in Naked Gun 33 1/3.
- Carry On Girls has a group of these protesting the beauty contest.
- Sarah Connor's borderline Narm speech to Miles Dyson in Terminator 2: Judgment Day comes close to this. Ultimately averted, however, as the film goes to pains to show that Sarah's attitude is because of years of killer-robot-induced trauma, and doesn't make her a commentary on feminism for either good or ill.
Sarah Connor: "How are you supposed to know?" Fucking men like you built the hydrogen bomb. Men like you thought it up. You think you're so creative. You don't know what it's like to really create something, to create a life; to feel it growing inside you. All you know how to create is death—
John Connor: Mom?
Sarah Connor: And destruction-
John Connor: Mom! We need to be a little more constructive here, okay?
- Maude from The Big Lebowski. It's less her feminist beliefs that are Played for Laughs, and more the fact that she seems convinced that she's somehow being subversive and revolutionary by stating them.
- The character of Miss Western in the novel Tom Jones is a proto-feminist who believes women are men's equals. At first this seems to the modern reader to be a remarkably progressive expression on the part of the author, but reading further, it becomes clear that a contemporary reader would have found the idea to be very humorous and inherently ridiculous from the outset. As the novel progresses, it becomes clear that Miss Western is tyrannical and only feels this way because she doesn't have a man of her own.
- General Jinjur from The Marvelous Land of Oz plotted the overthrow of King Scarecrow because she thought the Land of Oz was ruled by men for too long. Hypocritically (and cluelessly given half the countries in Oz are matriarchies complete with Amazon Brigade) her entire plan relied on exploiting the double standard in her favor. May have actually been an Affectionate Parody of the early women's movement, as L. Frank Baum was actually the son-in-law of one of the movement's prime movers (whom he greatly respected), and advocated it himself. Elsewhere he portrays female rulers positively, along with women doing traditionally masculine activities.The Other Wiki has more on the subject.
- Edge of Apocalypse has the vice president.
- Akasha in Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. Though she does not use politically correct terms, since she's supposed to be an ancient Egyptian, she believes all violence on Earth is caused by men. Her plan is to use her near-omnipotent powers as mother of all vampires to destroy almost all the world's males and create a utopia run by women, with herself as benevolent queen and goddess. In the end she is destroyed by female twin vampires Mekare and Maharet, for personal reasons as much as to stop her plot. She may or may not really be a straw feminist since it's unclear whether or not the author agrees with her (persistent Author Avatar Lestat seems very ambivalent).
- Sisera Catheter in Postmodern Pooh, who dissects Winnie the Pooh from the standpoint of "gynocritical discourse". Though the book is an obvious exaggeration, the footnotes quoting Real Life academic feminists suggest that Poe's Law applies to some extent.
- In Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore, two such beings visit the library where Oshima works, explicitly to find how the organization of the library is unfriendly to female patrons. They are shocked into silence when Oshima gives them an interesting heart-to-heart.
- Jane Rizzoli in Tess Gerrittsen's Rizzoli & Isles series shows traits of this. She dislikes beautiful women (partly because she isn't) and is all too eager to assign a negative characteristic to them, and she often expresses disgust and contempt for the men who have fallen in love with them, dismissing them all as shallow and foolish-but it's okay for her to instantly fall in love with a handsome man. She also has a chip on her shoulder about being the only female detective in the homicide department and is quick to interpret all criticism-and praise, for that matter-as sexist. And in a scene where she visits a bar, she views nearly every man there as a potential rapist and every woman as an idiot willing to put herself in danger.
- Subverted in J. Courtney Sullivan's Commencement with a sympathetic portrayal of a radical feminist: April, one of the main characters, is a self-described MacKinnonite who sees organizations like NOW as "not doing enough." However, she's shown to be more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist, a good person who perhaps is a bit too idealistic which she's abandoned by the end of the novel after she learns the hard way that some people like to take advantage of wide-eyed young guns. Even the de rigeur anti-male attitude gets a Freudian Excuse in April's case: her father abandoned April and her mom, and when April was 13 a middle-aged family friend raped and impregnated her) The other three main characters, April's friends, each represent more moderate variations on feminism (one even works for NOW). April's boss, Ronnie Munro, could be seen as a straight-playing of the trope, if the novel didn't go out of its way to acknowledge that her brand of "feminism" is far from the most prevalent or consistent one.
- In Half Moon Investigations, the third most crucial group to the plot is a group of prepubescent aged elementary school-going midgets who worship some important woman and try to get as many boys as they can expelled from their school. They also are violent and not afraid to do illegal things, like locking the main characters up.
- Niklas from Jens Lapidus' Aldrig Fucka Up is a rare male Straw Feminist. He beats up his neighbor's boyfriend for hitting her, stalks several men whose names he stole form a women's shelter, shooting one and torturing another to death, and at the finale, blows up a Corrupt Corporate Executive who organizes orgies for the upper class.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- Circe believes that all men are pigs, and…considering her powers, and the work in which she originally appeared, you can see where she's going with that (though for the sake of convenience, she currently uses guinea pigs). She believes that women are so oppressed that they can only achieve power through magic (a belief later expressed by her niece Medea in the sequel series The Heroes of Olympus). She's so bad that even Annabeth thinks she's a bigot.
- The Hunters of Artemis are actually heroic versions of this. They still don't like men, and have sworn off any romantic relationships with them, but unlike Circe, they don't harm guys unless provoked. note Zoe Nightshade, the lieutenant of the Hunters, hates guys at first, but Percy's actions gradually cause her to respect them. It's worth noting that at least part of Zoe's distrust for the male gender is actually just a ruse for the real reason why she doesn't want Percy on her quest: he carries the sword of the man who broke her heart.
- The Amazons, from The Son of Neptune, appear to be this at first, but it's later shown that they like men just fine — they're just very matriarchal. Their boyfriends and husbands tend to be the ones in charge of the unskilled labor for the company they founded: Amazon.com. One of them even flirts with Percy at the end of the book.
- Katie from "The Fabulous Five" series shows hints of this. She sanctimoniously declares that she would never be a cheerleader, as she finds it degrading to women (and doesn't give a crap that she's essentially insulting her two friends who are joining the cheerleading squad). When another friend gushes about her boyfriend, she haughtily insists that the boy's gentlemanly gestures (holding the door for her, etc) are in fact sexist and patronizing, but she later ends up with the most macho guy in school as her boyfriend.
- Haunted has Comrade Snarky, her feminist group, and possibly her mother. The mother caused her Freudian Excuse; as revenge against Snarky's father for getting joint custody, she described to Snarky in graphic detail all the horrible forms of sexual abuse her father might inflict on her. He never did and had never was going to, but it left Snarky unable to trust men at all. When she grew up and joined a feminist support group, the group somehow became convinced that a new recruit named Miranda was a Transsexual — it's never made entirely clear whether she was or not, but the evidence suggests not. They demand she "prove" she's a "real woman", and it escalates until Miranda is effectively raped.
- The title character of The Postman is caught between the Scouts (this trope) and the Holnists (straw masculists.) The Scouts come off better, but they're still slightly crazy. The main difference between the Scouts and most examples on this page is that they are more or less egalitarian feminists that both know of the progress made towards gender equality in the USA during the 20th Century as well as recognize the fact that in the post-apocalyptic present all those achievements are being eroded. Furthermore they realize that within a generation or two women could be in the same situation they were two centuries ago, or if the Holnists win far far worse. This possibility they really want to avoid. The "slightly crazy part" is that the Scouts are mostly from a pocket of civilization centered on a surviving university campus, so they're long on ideology and commitment but short on practical solutions. Although they earnestly try to train and prepare for the coming conflict, battle between the Scouts (in their current form) and the Holnists would be a lot like an armed hiking club trying to repel a Cossack raid. Perhaps unsurprisingly, their plot against the Holnists fails.
- The Left Behind books has Verna Zee, the replacement chief editor for the Chicago office of Global Weekly, who presents herself as someone who doesn't outright adore Buck Williams.
- In The House of Night series, this is the defining trait of most of Aphrodite's friends in Marked. Vampyric society in general has shades of it, given that everyone cheerfully accepts that men are primarily suited for being consorts and warriors.
- Amberley Veil occasionally veers into this, such as Cain's wonder that a female techpriest is doing something called "multitasking" with her electronically-enhanced brain, something all women have always been able to do to the befuddlement of men, or that an all-female Guard regiment would likely not tolerate a mere male as their commissar.
- The Gor series has a number of these, usually Earth women who don't realize how enlightened Gor is in terms of not trying to violate human nature. They inevitably find Happiness in Slavery, once they are broken of their "feminist" nonsense.
- Marie Croswell's self-published novel Sex Brood has an ostensibly progressive, positive female protagonist, Gabriel. Gabriel is not only a PI of questionable ethics, she is also frankly dismissive and callous towards other female characters, regarding them as little other than sex objects and victims incapable of making adult decisions about their own lives.
- How NOT to Write a Novel has a section on avoiding using your novel as a soapbox to profess your political views. One of the examples features a man who lives next door to a group of these, who live like animals and advise their male children to "remember to be ashamed of your penis."
- In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Eustace tries to use his mother's feminist arguments to claim Lucy shouldn't get a cabin to herself on the Dawn Treader. However, it's clear that Eustace is motivated less out of any concern for gender equality and more out of affront that Lucy or anyone else should receive any privileges that he doesn't. (He also shows no awareness whatsoever of the reason why Lucy, the only girl amidst the ship's crew, might need a lockable room of her own.)
- J. Neil Schulman's The Rainbow Cadenza has a good case of Straw Feminists repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot. After the development of an over-the-counter drug which suppresses the production of X-chromosome sperm, Earth has a "war to end all wars" and 20 men to every woman. To deal with this, the new world government changes the draft, conscripting all women from 18-21 for state-sponsored prostitution. As compensation, at age 22 a woman's vote is worth 20 of a man's. As a result, Earth is a Lady Land... as long as they keep supporting the system of institutionalized rape. As you'd imagine, a lot of female political figures in this setting cannot really be considered sane. And men who partake of the system can't really be considered ethical, either.
- 30 Rock does this a little, although Tina Fey is an actual feminist, so it's not taken too seriously.
- Liz Lemon uses feminism to cover for her insecurity about being single. She refuses to celebrate Valentine's Day and tells Pete's daughter "I will buy some cookies, but not for Valentine’s Day. Instead, these cookies celebrate the February 14th birthday of Anna Howard Shaw, famed American suffragette. Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to you, Evelyn. A happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to us all!"
- Also she complains about how men assume female sexuality is so flexible in season 1. Yet when Frank has his first man-crush, she tells him that males can't be straight but makes an exception for one guy and that if you're male, you're either 100% straight or 100% gay (no exceptions) because male sexuality isn't as flexible as female sexuality.
- Marcy Rhoades (later D'Arcy) from Married... with Children was a proud feminist, but she only showed this side when she was around Al. Her constant bickering about women's rights eventually led him to start his own pro-male club called NO MA'AM.
- Later after being Flanderized she is shown to be a constant hypocrite regarding her beliefs, such as bad mouthing porn as a male fantasy, only for the clerk to come up to her and tell her the videos she requested earlier had come in. Not to mention chastising Al for objectifying women while being married to Jefferson, who's an obvious Spear Counterpart Trophy Wife.
- Doctor Who:
- Some fans find the Drahvin from "Galaxy 4", a matriarchy where all but a small number of men are culled ("they have minimal function"), as being an attempt at invoking this through Does This Remind You of Anything? - women were beginning to find their way into producer roles in the BBC in the 1960s (including Doctor Who's first producer Verity Lambert), and many men viewed them as being terrifying, warlike man-haters, or alternatively beguilingly beautiful and stupid sex objects, both of which are traits the Drahvin display. The fact that Verity Lambert was about to step down as showrunner also adds a suggestion that this was intentional. On the bright side, the Drahvin don't display any sexism towards the Doctor or his male companion and in fact don't seem entirely sure what men and women are, and the fact that they're aliens makes it a bit easier to accept.
- The Drahvins were originally male until Verity Lambert suggested making them all-female instead. This played on the audence's assumption that pretty ladies were the good guys when they were, in fact, common brutes. Maaga doesn't show much regard for her barely-functional female minions or make any attempts at addressing human sexual politics. Presumably, Gendercide wasn't a political statement so much as a display of how morally decrepit thier society was.
- The unmade story "The Prison in Space" contained a race of feminists who had enacted a 500-year Matriarchy, stripping away men's rights, banning war and viewing procreation as unimportant due to immortality. The Doctor and Jamie are imprisoned by 'Dolly Guards' and Zoe is brainwashed, betraying the Doctor in her newfound feminism. In the end, men rise up and have a revolution, while Jamie puts Zoe back in her place by spanking her. While the episode was never produced, the Big Finish audio version includes an adaptation of the story.
- There's a particularly dreadful example in the Doctor Who story "The Time Monster": Dr. Ruth Ingram spends most of her time complaining about men just for the sake of it, and being a hypocrite about it as well. It doesn't help matters a lot that even though the script is playing it as if her grievances aren't legitimate, a lot of her complaints are about things that are actually shown happening to her in the story - her boss says things like "Don't you worry your pretty little head about it" to her.
- The 1970s Sarah Jane Smith is a more sympathetic example. The fact that she's interested in women's-lib is mostly used to set up gags where she complains about being asked to do fairly reasonable things and the Doctor gives her a devastating one liner putting her in her place, and in other scenes she displays sexism against other women (such as a really weird 'women drivers' line in K9 And Company). She mellows out about it by the time the Third Doctor regenerates into the Fourth, apparently because Tom Baker felt misogynistic put-downs didn't fit his character - but unfortunately also loses a lot of her legitimately tough traits so Harry Sullivan can take over them instead, a situation which only reverses after Harry leaves. It also gets a bit of a Fix Fic in The Sarah Jane Adventures, where she's portrayed as a sympathetic legitimate feminist.
- The Emperor Scientist-wannabe villain in "Robot", Hilda Winters, is of note as she is portrayed as a literal "Feminazi". Other than this, she's a more nuanced example in that her feminism actually allows her to come off better than Sarah Jane in an Actually, That's My Assistant scene. And, despite her feminism, most of her followers are portrayed as obnoxious sexist men.
- Some fans find the Drahvin from "Galaxy 4", a matriarchy where all but a small number of men are culled ("they have minimal function"), as being an attempt at invoking this through Does This Remind You of Anything? - women were beginning to find their way into producer roles in the BBC in the 1960s (including Doctor Who's first producer Verity Lambert), and many men viewed them as being terrifying, warlike man-haters, or alternatively beguilingly beautiful and stupid sex objects, both of which are traits the Drahvin display. The fact that Verity Lambert was about to step down as showrunner also adds a suggestion that this was intentional. On the bright side, the Drahvin don't display any sexism towards the Doctor or his male companion and in fact don't seem entirely sure what men and women are, and the fact that they're aliens makes it a bit easier to accept.
- Herman's Head had Handsome Lech Jay getting gut-punched by a butch member of WAMP (Women Against Male Persons), a feminist organization so radical they neuter gingerbread men.
- The West Wing
- If she's not written well, C.J. Cregg can sometimes border on this trope. Fortunately, most of the time she's written very well. In the episode "The Women Of Qumar", C.J. reacts very poorly the news of a US arms deal made to a Qurac-style country which has a poor record on women's rights. Whilst the point the episode was making as a valid one, it unfortunately chose to make it by having C.J act in a very unprofessional, out-of-character and borderline Straw Feminist fashion.
- Abby Bartlet also faces this risk at times, although like C.J., she is normally written well enough to avoid it.
- The episode "Night Five" features an intern with Straw Feminist tendencies who takes umbrage at a joke Sam makes towards Ainsley Hayes which sends him into a defensive frenzy all episode, and who eventually gets torn a new one by Ainsley herself by the end. Considering this was written not long after Sorkin's public spat with the moderators and commentators on the Television Without Pity boards, in which the possibility of sexism in his writing had been the topic of intense discussion, many have taken the existence of this character as a device to be torn down solely to show that his writing was not sexist. It doesn't help that, in the context of the episode, the woman kind of had a point.
- Ainsley herself is an aversion of the trope. Amy Gardner even more so.
- Lost in Space had an episode with this. The Straw Feminist villainess (who always got her Faceless Goons to do everything for her) agreed to take Dr. Smith as her consort (after checking his teeth!), and spent most of the episode forcing the males to be her slaves and the females to accept her cultish female supremacy. The result was not so much offensive as unintentionally hilarious.
- One of the episodes of House mocks this trope. The patient is the personal assistant of a woman whose mission in life is to "enforce" gender equality in workplaces. When House finds out what she does, he tells his team to apologize for him raping her. "You know, metaphorically, by having a penis." She's seen in the cold open entering a board room full of men and snidely asking them why they didn't even "pretend to put a female on the board" and saying that there were plenty of secretaries and stenos downstairs. This is a pretty rough strawman even for US television, since she came off as more of a bitch than an egalitarian. After said patient was committed for a couple of days at most, she fired her and hired someone else.
- In season 3 of Veronica Mars, Lilith House, a feminist organization on campus leads a lot of angry protests against a serial rapist on campus who shaves the heads of his victims. After a Halloween party at a frat house, one of its members is herself raped and shaved. They then launch an all-out attack against the fraternity house to get them banned from campus. Once Veronica proves that the fraternity house is innocent of the rape, they get very angry at her for stopping the fraternity house from getting banned. Oh, and the feminist who was raped? She faked the whole thing. They also rape Chip Diller, putting an plastic egg up his, as Dick puts it "Where the sun don't shine place". And making it even more offensive is that they were all gratuitously made members of the real life feminist group Take Back the Night, implying that Rob Thomas has some serious issues with the group.
- Dr. Janice Lester from Star Trek: The Original Series is one of these. She starts off claiming to be frustrated that women can't be Starfleet captains, but quickly reveals herself to be Ax-Crazy and hijacks the Enterprise in Kirk's body. Once she's in the captain's chair, she turns into a straight-up God Save Us from the Queen!. Then, Kirk speculates that the real reason behind her actions is her hatred of being a woman.
- An episode of Quantum Leap had Sam leap into a woman whose daughter was involved in the second wave. Most of the conflict came from the head of the feminist group, who gradually becomes more radical and violent as the episode progresses, outright rejecting Sam's attempts to get them to follow the examples of Gandhi and MLK. At the end of the episode she leads a pointless protestnote and tries to shoot the sheriff, who gets saved by Sam. Afterwards Al reports that the feminist gets out of jail in five years and becomes a well-respected women's rights advocate (apparently having mellowed out and considered Sam's words in the meantime).
- That '70s Show
- Subverted where Donna Pinciotti is very passionate in her feminist beliefs yet she remains a very likable character.
- Played straighter, and for laughs, with her mother Midge. She gets caught up in second-wave feminism and tries to prove to her husband that women are just as capable as men... but unfortunately, Midge is an idiot, so it doesn't really work.
- On ER, Dr. Anna DelAmico was inexplicably determined to interpret EVERY SINGLE THING a male co-worker said or did as sexist and patronizing and/or a come-on. When he called her by her first name rather than "Dr.", she ranted and raved at him for several minutes and all but accused him of hitting on her and/or trying to undermine her in front of her patients, and continued to do this even after he apologized and assured her that he meant nothing improper and often called the male doctors by their first names too. Later, when he offered her help with patients or advice on how to deal with them, she blasted him for being condescending. At no time did it ever occur to her that she was overreacting. What's worse, upon complaining to a coworker, the other woman also played this trope straight, automatically assuming that the man was in the wrong and that his supposed sexist treatment was because he had been unable to get her into bed-without ever hearing the man's side of the story.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Anya(nka) and Willow's mom. Anya has dedicated over a thousand years to punishing men. She starts realizing some men are good after falling in love with Xander. It takes her a long time to start feeling guilty. Willow's mom is a shrink built on theory who doesn't pay any attention to her kid, and once ranted about the patriarchal content of the Mr. Rogers show. When Willow came out to her as gay, she thought it was a political statement. Because creator Joss Whedon is a feminist himself, these straw feminists are in a different context than others. The initial introduction of 'vengeance demons' implied that they were all, like Anya, devoted exclusively to punishing men for wronging women. Later episodes introduced more diversity while establishing that this approach was largely born from Anya's own personal issues.
- Angel had something of an inversion with a "Straw Misogynist", a demon named Billy whose physical touch (or blood/sweat) could incite active women-hating feelings within men. This was utilized to have the women address their issues of feeling powerless around men and a couple of male characters had to work out the possibility they had such feelings towards women to start with. Angel ended up being immune to Billy's powers not because he was a vampire but because he has had 200+ years to work out such general issues towards women.
- Parodied in Big Wolf on Campus episode, "The Pleasantville Strangler". Stacy attends a feminist rally in honor of "Abigal B. Abbernacky", who was the town's first feminist. Tommy attends the rally as well (mostly as an excuse to cozy up to Stacy). Midway through, Stacy is possessed by the ghost of the titular strangler and begins to wrestle Tommy to the ground, causing the rally leader to shout "Show the man who has the power!" and one of the girls to exclaim "I didn't know this was going to be an anti-men thing!" Before all of this goes down, the girls all seem to just be calling for equal pay.
- Ally McBeal played with this trope a fair bit — many of the cases the team handled were accusations of sexual discrimination of some kind, and had an opposing lawyer, plaintiff or witness with a straw feminist argument to back it up. Ally (or, more frequently, her colleagues) would counter with a far more reasoned response along the lines of 'normal' feminist views, based on equal treatment for men and women alike. It's worth noting they didn't always win, mind...
- To some extent, some of the female characters from Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High might qualify, due to their tendency to generally look down on boys and deem anything where the woman is the victim or otherwise not the hero "sexist". For example, Lucy calls Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho sexist...because the person who gets stabbed in the shower is female. Lucy even creates a movie where the gender roles are reversed to make a "statement" about feminism. Her classmates were too busy laughing at the movie to get the statement (male and female). However, this is justified to a degree given the time period both shows take place in (the eighties, fresh out of the feminism modern movement). They are teenagers most likely beginning to learn about feminism, and may have skewered perceptions on certain aspects of feminism, making them look like Straw Feminists. But they all did get the very basic concept (women deserve the same rights as men) about right.
- Law & Order: During the early years, recurring defense attorney Shambala Green alternated between being this and Malcolm Xerox, depending on whether her client was female or a racial minority (the writers never gave her a client who was both, perhaps fearing they might achieve Straw Critical Mass).
- Babs Duffy, the militant lesbian leader in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "P.C." There was nothing that character couldn't turn into an anti-gay, misogynist expression of patriarchal blah blah blah. And it even turns out she likes MEN!
- In the episode "Devastating Story" one of these forces a girl to make a false report of gang rape.
- On Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Eames will often play this role while being the bad cop.
- Inverted once in Sliders episode named "The Weaker Sex" where women rule the world. Initially it was described as positive — there were no wars, there were no class differences, except men were considered the inferior sex, suffering the same injustices faced by women of the forties and fifties like sexual harassment in their jobs (if they have any time off from house care), and not suitable for anything remarkable such as becoming a leading political or religious figure (even the Pope was female). Arturo becomes a somewhat unwilling figurehead for a men's rights movement in an election for becoming a Mayor.
- An episode of The Cosby Show played this out. Theo offers to plan a bachelor party for Denise's husband Martin. When he offers to get Martin a stripper, Martin tells him "no". Well, this apparently isn't good enough for Denise, who, egged on by her sister Sondra, starts screaming at Martin for not being offended and disgusted at the idea of having a stripper. The scenario degenerates into a "battle of the sexes", with the women denouncing everything the men say or do as sexist and patronizing, while the men actually make several valid points about the women overreacting, and their blatant Double Standard-Sondra outright dismisses male stripping as "different", while continuing to denounce female stripping as degrading and refuses to explain exactly WHY there's a difference. This all happened after Martin said "No" to having a stripper, meaning there was no reason for the argument to start in the first place.
- In-universe, Sue Sylvester sometimes makes it out like the only reason men don't like her is because she's a strong woman trying to succeed in a patriarchal culture, never mind that she's outrageously evil. And she doesn't mind delightfully shoving Will and taunting "Can't push a woman?"
- The episode "The Power Of Madonna" has Quinn (who ironically embodied the WORST stereotype of woman in the first 13 episodes, what with her use of The Baby Trap) AND Finn (who says 'It's easy to be a dude' before the guys perform 'What It Feels Like For A Girl'. Um no Finn, not at all. But then again, Finn's not so bright...) by the end of the end of the episode, with Dogged Nice Guy Artie as the Straw Misogynist.
- Nightstand, the 1990s parody of daytime talk shows, had the recurring Straw Feminist guest Dr. Sans-Peen. A man-hating lesbian, the one time she agreed with her male chauvinist counterpart was wanting to see a nubile female guest jump up and down some more.
- Played with and ultimately averted with the character of Dana Foster (Staci Keanan) on the 1990s sitcom Step by Step. A Smart Blonde, Dana was proudly feminist and was not afraid to say so. This was portrayed both positively and negatively over the course of the series, with the writers making Dana by turns a You Go, Girl!, a Deadpan Snarker, a Magnificent Bitch, and (very occasionally) a Butt Monkey. One episode had her signing herself and her sisters up for a self-defense class, and they all take to the training quite well. Another, though, has Dana absurdly claiming that women can do anything men can do — even if they lack the physical strength for it — and getting called out for this by her sisters. Overall, Dana was one of the more competent and likable characters on the show in spite of her flaws, and got some Character Development by lightening up in the later seasons and getting a boyfriend who was healthily macho — and, remarkably, all this without running afoul of the usual pitfalls.
- Penny Halliwell claims that men are "utensils" that can be disposed of when they're finished. This attitude probably comes from the fact that she was married four times (and engaged twice more) and she even states that something must have gone wrong when the Chosen Child is a boy. It was vaguely implied at the end of the episode that she was possibly under some kind of spell from a former lover who was now a Necromancer, and was trying to manipulate her to become human again. She had always been a strong-willed feminist, but even her granddaughters thought her "she should have gotten a dog, they're more loyal and die sooner" line was uncharacteristically extreme, even for her. At the end, she said she had "been so blind", whether my her own bitterness or some type of magic is left up to the viewer.
- In "Battle of the Hexes", Billie all of a sudden cops this attitude. When she inadvertently puts on the Girdle of Hippolyta, this attitude gets turned Up to Eleven.
- Often parodied on Community with Britta Perry, who has a tendency to deliver Straw Feminist pronouncements along with her general Granola Girl attitude. It usually involves her getting outraged at the flip of a coin, exposed as a bit of Hypocrite and generally ends up with her making herself look foolish.
- Rare male example with Georg in Naeturvaktin, who passionately insists he is a radical feminist despite having no idea what radical feminism is. He insists the progenitor of feminism was not Mary Wollstonecraft but Karl Marx, and displays obvious misogyny towards women, which, when called upon, he argues is because "there are women, and there are hags". This is eventually revealed to be the result of his Dark and Troubled Past, being raised by a domineering radfem mother who psychologically and sexually abused him.
- Sam Carter had some shades of this during the first couple of episodes of Stargate SG-1, the crowning moment of which came during the pilot (her infamous "reproductive organs" speech). Amanda Tapping actually complained to the writers that "women don't talk like that". The speech was later cut from the pilot's re-release as a DVD movie, and Carter proceeded to spend the rest of the show kicking ass and taking names without making a fuss over her gender. Lampshaded in an alternate timeline, showing Sam rehearsing a version of the same speech and cutting herself off with "That's awful. Who'd say something like that?"
- Jessie Spano in Saved by the Bell. Hilarious in Hindsight, when the actress later went on to star in Showgirls. One of the more common (and possibly unintentional) examples would be her chastising a guy (usually Slater) for calling women "foxes" or "chicks" by calling him a "pig."
- JAG: Caitlin Pike has signs of this in the pilot movie, somewhat justified because she's inexperienced with serving onboard ships and the downright macho attitude displayed by male crew members.
- Lady Mae in Mr. Selfridge, who blackmails the titular character into supporting the more extreme suffragettes.
- Portlandia: The proprietors of the "Women and Women First" bookstore take this Up to Eleven.
- Doc Martin: The midwife who comes into town for one episode during Louisa's pregnancy.
- While generally not too obnoxious about it, Raquel from Only Fools and Horses does have a habit of ranting about how all men have it easy in life, and how only women ever truly suffer (though after watching her give birth, Del does kind of see where she's coming from on the second point).
- On Friends, Monica, Phoebe and Rachel all read a highly metaphorical book that denounces men as wanting to steal their "wind" (power). Leads to a couple of instances of One Dialogue, Two Conversations as the rest of the gang has no clue what they are talking about.
- Jill's friend Karen in the first couple of seasons of Home Improvement exists mostly to accuse men (in general) and Tim (specifically) of being aggressive, uncultured, overly-competitive, over-sexed, etc. The fact that the show seems to agree means she is presented as "straw" more by reason of the presentation (angry and accusatory, versus the show mining it for "comedy") than the content of her opinions.
- Played for laughs in Red vs. Blue. When Donut is possessed by O'Malley, he mouths off about how bad patriarchal society is.
Myths & Religion
- The original Amazons from Classical Mythology may be the Ur Examples. They were a tribe of all-female warriors who, Depending on the Writer, either killed their sons, enslaved them, or killed some and enslaved the others. The Amazons managed to keep their tribe going by having sex with neighboring men (in versions where they killed all the boys), or their male slaves (in versions where they enslaved them). They were likely created to justify the Greeks' Stay in the Kitchen philosophy—"Well, we're only oppressing our women because if we don't, they'll rise up and oppress us even worse!" Fun fact: since the original Amazons were a horror story about women who would forsake femininity, they did a lot of things to drive this fact home which were lost in later, Fanservice-laden adaptations, such as cutting off one of their breasts (so they could shoot bows without the string whacking against it). Which doesn't even make sense, as there are plenty of skilled female archers who didn't need to hack a breast off, and even it were a problem, surely wearing a chest protector of some type would be more sensible than mutilation.
- Lilith from various Judeo-Christian traditions (but not The Bible) was essentially a Psycho Prototype of Eve. She refused to be subservient to Adam, got booted out of the Garden of Eden, then became the demonic Mother of a Thousand Young. See what feminism does to you?
- Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida (adapted from a poem by Tennyson), the Girl Graduates of the women's college at Castle Adamant learn that "Man is Nature's sole mistake." That's right, folks, women's education Played for Laughs. When the younger students actually encounter a Man, they find him quite attractive, and Ida is resigned to her Arranged Marriage when she realizes that if women never marry, there won't be any children.
- The third-party D&D 3e book The Slayer's Guide to Amazons has amazons who view men as only good for siring daughters (and for sacrificing to their goddess after the fact), bash in the skulls of any unlucky sons, have estrus cycles like bitches, and are classified as Neutral Evil.
- Transhuman Space features "Margaret", an all-female space station that edges this trope, especially with some of its members experimenting with genetic engineering to make males unnecessary for reproduction. It's pointed out in the books that in a solar system where people can and do change sex temporarily for fairly trivial reasons, and the big civil rights debates involve artificial intelligences and biological androids, the Margaretians are still fighting the last century's battles. They aren't depicted as wildly stupid, just stubbornly out of date. They are respected for their women's self-defense classes, which produce some of the most formidable human martial artists in the solar system.
- In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, the all-female Black Furies fit this trope to some extent. While some are into the spirituality of womanhood and/or seek gender equality and reproductive freedom, others are on a sacred quest to castrate every male they come across. But even the more well-rounded Furies have the Tribal Weakness of an easier time frenzying against men due to pent-up frustration against them. They eventually became more well-rounded with later editions, going from man-hating Amazons to a mystical cult of warrior women that worshiped Gaia in her guise of Artemis and provided the Garou Nation with necessary prophecy.
In Apocalypse, the guidebook that dealt with the end of the world for W:tA, there's a chapter that discusses the possibility that the Apocalypse may begin when another entire tribe of the Garou falls to the Wyrm. The suggested scenario for the corruption and fall of the Black Furies involves all of them changing into the most stereotypical possible version of the tribe, out to cull the human race by murdering most of the men.
- A more concrete example comes with the New World of Darkness game Vampire: The Requiem. The Circle of the Crone is a covenant that is rather feminist in its leanings, but not to the point of straw — except for one faction within the covenant, the Daughters of the Goddess, who claim that their ritual in which they sacrifice a male vampire, ritualistically called the Oak King, is evidence for their valuing (and not hating) men. This is the only ritual where male vampires are allowed any sort of prominence, and they may only be the Oak King. Needless to say, the other covenants, and indeed most other factions within the Circle, ain't buyin' it.
- A lot of people think that The Vagina Monologues are this trope. Actually invoked at one point, where a character admitted that she felt like she was "betraying" women by needing a man's attention to find herself beautiful.
- Lashings of Ginger Beer parody the stereotype of lesbian separatist straw feminists in their song Vagina Dentata Warning: this link is not suitable for work as it contains strong language.
- Enid in the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde is more toned down in this regard than her film counterpart, but still qualifies, most notably in Callahan's Villain Song, wherein she jokingly claims that murder and animal abuse are behaviors of a "typical man". Interestingly, the musical seems to focus less on her radical feminism and more on the fact that she's a lesbian.
- Grand Theft Auto:
- One radio interviewee in Vice City was one of these, contrasting with hip, somewhat stupid '80s girl Amy. The key comedy aspect in that interviewee was that she'd just spent a year "undercover" as a man and written a book on her findings. Moreover, the interviewee mentions learning various things about men over the process of being disguised as one, including how men find sports interesting, like looking at pictures of naked women, wear hats and smoke cigarettes. She's pretentious to boot, lambasting "half-hearted bra burners" in her interview. In a case of Life Imitates Art, a woman did go undercover as a man in real life.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, Franklin's aunt Denise and her friends are always seen babbling about new-age femininity as a Running Gag.
- In Baldur's Gate:
- Kjelle, Sully's daughter from Fire Emblem Awakening, is definitely this. While Sully strives to be as strong as any of her male peers, she almost never takes her fellow male companions' kindness as some form of patronization, nor is she so hell-bent on seeking a man stronger than her. Kjelle possesses both of these traits.
- One radio transmission in The Conduit has a feminist blaming the countless civilian deaths and mass destruction on an oppressive, male-run government instead of the invading aliens, who she insists "come in peace".
- In Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, the boss of the Silver Age "Improbable Paper Pals" stage is feminist super-villain Mistress Ropes, who is sick of being talked down to all the time. Smiley tries to be sympathetic at first, but eventually gets fed up with her over-sensitivity to sexist (or even remotely sexist) remarks and decides to beat the crap out of her.
- Tachyon: The Fringe has Lakita Ramos, a wingman from the GalSpan plotline that you can hire after defeating her in a competition. She treats you like an idiot in dialog because the Player Character is male. The flavor text attempts to justify it by saying she got tired of being hit on in spacer bars.
- Deconstructed and possibly subverted (depending on your choices) by Catherine in Divinity: Dragon Commander: She's the queen of the literal Amazons, but was disposed by a heavily misygonistic man and forced to work for you, a male, as a general. Furthermore, her people are forced to deal with the new patriarchal, sexist society (including Rape, Pillage, and Burn tactics by your armies) when they're used to a matriarchal one - going from one extreme to the othernote . If her complaints about sexism in your army are addressed, however, she cheers up significantly, albeit with a dose of You Are A Credit To Your Gender attitude towards the player.
- In Exit Fate, one recruitable party member is Petra, a fiery redhead in plate mail wielding a massive battleaxe (named, appropriately enough, "Independence") in the battle for women's freedom everywhere. To recruit her, you have to approach her with a male-only party, which causes her to protest about you "trying to oppress [her] with your masculine hegemony" and promptly joining your army to show you the true strength of women. If you have Meiko (a female war correspondent) interview her, Petra will interpret Meiko's attempt to maintain a neutral viewpoint as evidence of her being a gender traitor.
- Jade from PvP once qualified as a Straw Feminist. This was most notable when she left Pv P to start up her own women's gaming magazine, where she even drove her fellow female writers insane.
- El Goonish Shive Susan starts out this way. At first it seems like she simply believes men are inherently evil, but, then we find out that as a child she walked in on her father cheating on her mother with a blond girl. She started dyeing her blonde hair dark blue and wished to be a lesbian just so she never has to be in a relationship with a man. Time sees her grown in a more mature activist and a more balanced person overall, but don't make sexist remarks around her. Susan also acknowledges that the real reason she believed that all men were bad may have been because it provided an excuse for her father's actions in a "daddy couldn't help it because men are just like that" way.
- In The Rant on Susan's first appearance (written long after the event) Dan explains that when he created her he was frustrated about gender roles, but encountered more women complaining about sexist behaviour than he did sexist behaviour. Once he realised how much sexist behaviour women did need to deal with, she evolved quickly.
- The Wotch has D.O.L.L.Y. a militant feminist terrorist organization led by Ms. Natasha Dahlet who want to eradicate men from the world. Not by killing them, but by turning them female via Magitek. They try to recruit Anne who is well known for using her magic for gender bending. While a physical personification of Anne's anger does join them, Anne herself turns the tables on them by turning many of the members of D.O.L.L.Y. male. Notably, most the members of the group are actually brainwashed, only really Natasha and her Dragon (of sorts) Cory are really committed to the "cause". The author actually precedes the arc with a strip where she appears and explains that there really isn't suppose to be any political message or anything.
- The Japanese Beetle has the New Order of Women, a fusion of the real NOW and the NWO — the members were all combinations of feminists and wrestlers, like "Hollywood" Dworkin. In their initial appearance, they attempt to put Die-Agra, a "male potence cure", in the city's water supply. At one point, they're beating on the Beetle (whose pained cries make it sound like they're raping him), as the two leaders look on and nod approvingly.
- Space Moose brutally parodies some of the University of Alberta's organizations with this trope. He then faced down expulsion, fines, and boundless criticism for his "Take Back the Night" Space Moose strips.
- Violet Oaks, the titular character of Coming Up Violet, has a run in with this trope when she inadvertently causes a social trend of girls randomly giving boys wedgies after giving one to resident pretty boy. This inevitably leads to them discovering the true meaning of feminism.
- Torio has the overwhelmingly straw M'Kystral, who's a feminist, a vegan, an atheist, and a political activist. She really only mellows a bit when compared to her friends in said communities.
- Suzette in Precocious, who more often than not proves to be an easily agitated womyn who always seems to have a speech ready. Particularly noticeable in the earlier strips.
Suzette: So screw equality--Let's take it all! IT'S OUR TURN TO DOMINATE!!
- Talia/Jen in Geebas On Parade and Jen in The Devil's Panties.
- Homestuck: Kankri sees Porrim as one of these, appropriating the language of real issues to complain about a problem that doesn't actually exist on Alternia. In reality, Porrim makes a pretty good case for subtle but harmful gender imbalances among trolls (certainly her ideas make a lot more sense than Kankri's incoherent babbling), and she doesn't go on and on about it like Kankri does with his pet issues.
- Averted in Leftover Soup: When asked by an employee why she would use the breasts of an other employee in an advertisement for her computer repair shop, Lily Hammerschmidt announces that she is, in fact, not a feminist but a misandrist, and therefore has no scruples about sexually exploiting women in order to get men to give her their money. The male protagonist tries to get along with her, in a way that would work with even the most extremist feminists, but he does not succeed, as Lily doesn't believe in the humanity of men and is only confused when he tells her he read her porny sci-fi series for the sci-fi. All of it. Without masturbating. She is an interesting case in that she has the same low opinion on men's self control that misogynists usually have, (she doesn't want to be alone in a room with a man - sounds familiar, doesn't it?) but has a different solution to the problem: In her sci-fi series there are no men, as the artificial reproduction that is necessary due to some infertilizing disease only works with female fetuses.
- White Dark Life has Rebecca. A loudmouthed self proclaimed "friend" of the Head Maid who tends to range from violent, to just annoying. However, she's really a Deconstruction, as her violent and toxic behavior leads others to assume the other feminists are just like her. Even worse, she actively tries to enforce her brand of feminism as the "right" feminism. Strangely, she gets along with the local Straw Misogynist.
- Sandra and Woo, in it's ongoing war against Political Correctness Gone Mad, introduces a feminazi teacher who is much more focused on making boys suffer than actually helping women. Her actions include giving massive homework to the boys and none to the girls, giving the girls higher marks than the boys for the same test answers (on a multiple choice test), and forcibly closing all men's bathrooms in the school under the justification that the boys would be exposing their privates inches away from the girls (which is technically true if you don't care about things like walls and doors being in the way). Oddly, most of her support staff is male, although in complete agreement with her. In her last appearance she is about to write a blog post about how gender equality can only be achieved by castrating all boys and drilling a hole into them before she mysteriously disappears courtesy of Cloud's Action Mom.
- Minor character Jim from Ménage à 3 is a straw male feminist. One of his first actions since appearing was to criticize Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball, calling it sexist and degrading to women for having breast physics and revealing swimsuits, celebrating DOAX 3's No Export for You status, and asking a woman who is a very big fan of the games "What woman in their right mind would play such garbage?". Later he is shown refusing an offer of a blowjob, claiming that he can't allow himself to subject a woman to "such an obscene act", but he has no problem eating a woman out (and is apparently quite skilled at it).
- Moon Over June is a pornographic webcomic about two lesbian roommates. Summer, the elder of the two, hardly goes a strip without reminding the reader just how very feminist she is, mostly by her utter scorn for anything with a Y-chromosome. For a while, she wouldn't even use a penis-shaped sex toy because it reminded her too much of a man. She got over this by rationalizing that it's the perfect expression of female sexuality to completely separate the phallus - the only worthwhile part - from the man it's attached to.
- Kitty Ledbetter from the webgame The Goat in the Grey Fedora is revealed to be one of these when Bounty discovers that she murdered her father in order to get the deeds to a salt mine, which she was going to use to spread a chemical that would paralyze men worldwide.
- Hippolyta in the Whateley Universe is defined by this trope, to the point of calling Hank a 'traitor' for transforming into a male.
- Played for laughs with Germaine from the Foamy Cartoons. Course, she's not as extreme as others on this page, but that's most likely because it's being played for laughs.
- The Nostalgia Chick plays it for laughs in Kickassia when she became Nostalgia Palin. She blames the fact that everyone thinks she's a complete idiot now on the prejudice women face in politics. note Plot-wise, it also had to do with the fact that she was trying to establish herself as a Magnificent Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, but Santa Christ proved to be the Spanner in the Works for that one.
- Parodied in this video. Still, some people believed that it was real.
- Web-comedian Pia Glenn lampoons the trope here as well.
- Ultra Fast Pony uses this as a throwaway joke. Applejack, one of the heads of The Irish Mob, is surprisingly afraid of Bon Bon. The only explanation for this is that Bon Bon is "one of those feminists." The line is immediately followed by a subtitle "And there go all my feminist viewers..."
- Feminist Frequency discusses this trope here. Anita Sarkeesian reproaches the Straw Feminist trope for perpetuating the belief that feminism is no longer needed and that we have already arrived at gender equality. According to Sarkeesian, anyone who disagrees is quickly demeaned and portrayed as an extremist.
- Rip Van Winkle from Hellsing Ultimate Abridged is quite literally a feminazi. She's constantly grubbing for attention by drudging up old memes and her crusade against misogyny (real or otherwise) has made her as bad as the very thing she's trying to fight. The irony being Alucard is just about the most egalitarian person on the planet.
- Parodied in The Onion's article: "I Don't Support Feminism If It Means Murdering All Men." Considering how it's written, it might just be a real article.
- Hipster Feminist: Subverted in that Rhoda is intended to look ridiculous for being a terrible feminist and is not supposed to be a representative one. She is an intentional mockery of people who don't understand feminism, use its rhetoric to justify their own abuses, or who use it as a vehicle for their own self-aggrandizement rather than actually attempting to further the cause of gender equality.
- Parodied without mercy in Jessica the Feminazi.
- Averted in this series.
- Episode 7 of the fictional mess-as-penalty television series, Comeuppance, features a power-mad fun-hating straw feminist student union officer as one of the contestants, who argues that having 50.3% of cis-males in Larchester University's student body proves how 'privileged' they are, and bans males from taking the officer role. The update (NSFW due to nudity) also features another straw feminist who argues the director is a pig for gunging women only, calls him 'a misogynist and a perv', and promptly takes off her shirt to show she wears no bra to protest. Naturally, she's shown as a joke.
- Subverted on' 'Rugrats'': Phil and Lil's Mom, Betty De Ville, may appear like a bad "manly feminist" stereotype at first (which went over the head of some viewers, who misinterpreted her as Ambiguously Gay), but she's never portrayed negatively.
- Poison Ivy is sometimes portrayed this way in Batman: The Animated Series. In one famous episode she goes on a crime spree with Harley Quin and claims it's all about female empowerment. The episode ends with her being arrested by Detective Montoya and another female cop.
- Beavis and Butt-Head get maced by some of these after the dimwitted duo misinterpret (as only they can) a speech at a feminism rally as a come-on line.
- Daria had Ms. Janet Barch, oddly enough for a girl-positive program. Is the type that broad? It's apparently got something to do with a previous husband; she often goes on rants about wasting "twenty-two thankless years" with him, and at times will start screaming at other men as if they were actually him. She eventually mellows out a bit... at least with Mr. O'Neill. The example can count as a deconstruction of the trope, since Word of God says that Barch served as a way of showing how ridiculously unrealistic the straw feminist character really is when compared to realistic feminist examples like Daria and Helen Morgendorffer.
- The Greeñorita Eco-Feminist Collective from Futurama, especially Frida Waterfall.
- The Powerpuff Girls had Femme Fatale, a man-hating criminal who only stole Susan B. Anthony coins and liked to use the fact that she's a woman as an excuse to avoid punishment. She tried to convinced the girls to stop helping men but her flawed logic is countered at the end by the more mainstream equality-based feminism of Sara Bellum and Miss Keane who teach the girls the difference between feminism and misandry. Not helping Femme Fatale's case were the fact that women were also hurt by her actions and that she didn't even know who Susan B. Anthony was, or that said woman fought for the equality of both women and men alike (leading to a very good Shut Up, Hannibal! moment by the girls). Writer Lauren Faust, herself a staunch feminist, later decided that the subject of feminism was too heavy for such a lighthearted family show and regretted writing it. Fans, however, felt that it handled the subject as well as it could.
- Yin Yang Yo! has Saranoia, who is an unstable misandrist sorceress and wants to exterminate Yang but likes Yin. Her hatred seems to be based on her feelings towards her own brother, Mark, she indicates she was The Un Favourite growing up. She has a tendency to call Yang Mark.
- Parodied in The Venture Bros. when a parody of the the Scooby Gang show up in the episode "Viva Los Muertos!" Parody-Velma (a Valerie Solanas expy named Val) is constantly spouting this talk, going so far as to actually tell Parody-Daphne that men are "walking abortions".
- Despite being the source of the opening quote for this page, Chilly Beach's April June is mostly a parody of this portrayal of feminism.
- An episode of Justice League had a rogue Amazon taking her people's views of "Man's World" to its logical extreme by developing a plague that will wipe out every creature with a Y chromosome. It's eventually learned that she's not really an Amazon (just a regular human girl granted haven and raised by the Amazons), and her deep hatred of men stemmed from the military coup that drove her from her homeland and washed her up on Themyscera (she balked after learning a man sacrificed his life to save hers, claiming the good deeds of one man couldn't salvage the crimes of males altogether). The incident, ironically, taught her fellow Amazons (who, including Wonder Woman, had displayed tendencies towards Straw Feminism themselves up to this point) to not too soundly preach the inferiorities of men and their own superiority. This trope is lampshaded when Wonder Woman wonders if men are that necessary and Hawkgirl tells her "don't knock it 'till you've tried it, Princess!". She also pointed out that the rogue amazon was just taking their feminism to its logical extreme.
- Super Friends had a one-time villainess who brainwashes all the women in the world (including Wonder Woman and Jaina of the Wonder Twins) to turn against males.
- Family Guy:
- In an episode where Peter is forced into sensitivity training, he was so trained that he himself did a feminism equivalent of the Heel–Face Turn and became an extremely fluffy combination of this and a cookie-baking, bridge-playing young biddy that blames all the ills on men. He ends up falling in with one-shot Straw Feminist character Gloria Ironbox, who implies that Lois' choice to be a wife and stay-at-home mother is the reason Peter doesn't respect women and that her children are screwed. And what does Lois do? After shutting down her arguments, she beats the shit out of her. The catfight manages to return Peter to normal.
- Peter once accuses Lois of being a feminist and calls it adorable.
- The Simpsons:
- The episode "Homer Badman" averts this. The character of Ashley Grant (who mistakenly accuses Homer of sexual harassment) initially appears to be one of these, but by the end of the episode she concedes that she jumped to the wrong conclusion and apologizes to Homer.
- Rare male example: in one episode Marge is shown to have gone out with one of her college teachers. He is very much a Straw feminist, not liking LIGHTHOUSES because "anything penis shaped is bad."
- In the episode "She Used to Be My Girl", Homer and Marge go to a feminist convention because they think Lisa is there. One scoffs "How typically male!" at a news report about an erupting volcano. When they learn that Lisa is at the volcano, Homer says to Marge "I'll go, you stay here" and gets booed. When he says "Okay, you go and I'll stay", he gets more boos, and finally asks "What do women want?!"
- Then there's the episode "Bart Star" where Flanders coaches a kids' football team. Lisa arrives for tryouts not because she wants to play, but just because she wants to show up everyone for thinking a girl can't play football. Flanders immediately deflates her pretensions by showing that there are already four girls on the team; Lisa runs off crying.
- Haley of American Dad! was something like this. She originally believed that women at strip clubs were being exploited. However, when the (female) strip club owner claimed that it was the male customers who were exploited, Hayley seemed to have no problem with that and ended up working as a stripper. But it is Played for Laughs, and it seems implied that most of the other strippers aren't really emotional stable... So, Zigzagging Trope? Also counts as showing their work, as that sums up the contrasting positions of sex-negative and sex-positive feminists, respectively. Certainly none of the strippers were being oppressed by their employer, and several were intelligent young women just paying their way through college and similar.
- Wendy Testaburger in South Park can sometimes be this, depending on how Parker and Stone portray her in an episode (combined or not with her already being a Soap Box Sadie). This trope also can apply to portrayals of the other female characters, though Wendy is usually the only one you see mentioned as one by certain fans not fond of the character. But when she's not a Straw Feminist? She's portrayed too "sickeningly weak and girly" for fans. But then there's that episode where she beats Cartman... And the other one where she outdoes Cartman by launching her (lesbian) substitute teacher into the sun because she thinks Miss Ellen is trying to steal Stan's affections.
- Inverted in the episode "The Hobbit". Wendy tries to make a point about photoshopping in media but people keep dropping in at the wrong moment and assume she's insulting people's looks because she's jealous. She gets branded a jealous feminist. While she does get understandably upset and tries to keep making her point, she eventually capitulates when she sees the distress it's causing people and conforms.
- One of the few (if only) male examples with PC Principal, with "PC People" being a rather odd euphemism for radical feminists. This may because it's surprisingly rare for Trey and Matt to use female characters for comedy (as long as they're not trans or on the virgin side of the Madonna–Whore Complex.)
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- Numbuh 86/Fanny came off as this in her first few appearances, where she would blame any problems on the boys and refused to share credit with them. Later episodes revised her characterization to be less sexist and more just generally unfriendly.
- Madam Margaret is an extreme version of this trope. She's the ruler of a dystopian future where girls hunt boys and turn them into girls with 'girlifying ray guns', and gets the ball rolling by sending her past self said ray guns. Her stated goal is to create a world without boys, and practically accomplished that before an old Numbuh 4 (aided by Numbuh 3's granddaughter Sally, ironically) used her time machine to hit the Reset Button and undo her schemes. The creepy part is that she's a kid in the present. Her entire motivation for wanting guys gone is that she doesn't get along with her brothers.
- King of the Hill:
- An odd example with "The Powder Puff Boys". The antagonist is a PTA leader who proudly announces she gave up a high-paying job to spend time with her kids. In spite of this, she's shown to care far more about PTA meetings than her family. Naturally she denounces powder puff football as sexist and attempts to get the school's game shut down. Peggy even catches on to this (this being the same woman who did not realize that Redcorn and Nancy were having an affair until someone told her) openly states in a meeting she realizes she is only doing this because the woman misses her high paying job.
- Another episode had a feminist group loving Peggy's poem about a turtle. They thought it was a metaphor for women's struggles and kept cheering her on and at the same time made Hank (who was there to support Peggy) feel very uncomfortable. It was a metaphor, but only for what Peggy was going through personally, and it had nothing to do with feminism. When Peggy added on an ending where the turtle ends up with a male turtle, the feminists gave her some awkward applause, feeling a bit cheated.
Audience Member: (to another audience member) Oh, man, kinda copped out at the end there, didn't she?Hank: (to a third audience member) Now that gal can write music!(Third audience member walks away disgusted)
- Played with there with the feminist (played by real-life feminist singer Ani DiFranco) encouraging Peggy to just play her heart out, she just wanted Peggy to find her voice.
- One episode of Danny Phantom titled "Girls' Night Out" has resident ghost baddies Kitty, Ember, and Spectra plot to make every male disappear permanently. Spectra, however, is the only one who fits the trope, going as far to make "wo-manicotti" on a cooking show, the other two aren't against men.