Playing With / Straw Feminist

Basic Trope: A character identified as a feminist expresses extremist, misandrist ideology.
  • Straight: Alice often discusses men as being inherently inferior to women.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice only brings up her anti-men views when it's appropriate to the conversation, and can interact with non-Straw Misogynist men normally.
  • Justified:
    • Alice had an upbringing in which she was treated horribly by her Straw Misogynist family (even her mother was a Female Misogynist), which made her opinion of men in general very negative.
    • Alice grew up in a No Woman's Land where Straw Misogyny was rampant and just as extreme. She felt that to fight the oppressive, extremist world she lived in, she had to subscribe to oppressive, extremist values.
    • Alice has been conditioned (either by upbringing or later radicalization) by other Straw Feminists to believe that all men oppress women For the Evulz and/or are literally subhuman and only necessary for reproduction purposes.
    • Alice is a young person who doesn't know nearly as much about feminism as she claims, and has more passion and anger than common sense.
  • Inverted:
    • Female Misogynist.
    • Alice's radical ideologies are actually being used to promote feminism.
  • Gender Flipped:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob assumes that Alice is going to be like this upon hearing that she's a feminist, only to learn that she's a moderate.
    • Alice expresses some pretty hateful views of men... And then goes on to attack her fellow women with equal vitriol, and turns out to be just misanthropic in general.
    • Carol and Diana show up and are presented as moderate reasonable feminists in contrast to Alice's extremism and irrationality.
    • Alice is definitely a misandrist and has very anti-male views, but she doesn't identify as a feminist.
    • Alice says some scathingly anti-males things, like how all men are rapists and how all men she die. Later, she claims she was only joking and hopes no one took her seriously.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice only pretends to be a moderate for her own reasons; her views are actually more extreme than she lets on.
    • But she still thinks men are worse.
    • That's just a façade they put on to get people on their side. They're really a man-hating lesbian couple.
    • ... at least, she didn't used to, but as time goes on she later becomes on.
    • Alice claims her anti-male ramblings were just jokes, but they weren't She actually does believe All Men Are Rapists and wants to kill them all.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is presented as a naïve, ill-informed imbecile who represents every possible stereotype of feminism. Bonus points if she fits both the stereotypes of being a slut and a prude at the same time. note 
    • Bob, a man, often wishes and plans for the complete extermination of men as a gender.
    • Alice is normally a polite and mild-mannered young lady. However, seeing a man or even simply mentioning men around her will cause her to enter Unstoppable Rage.
    • Alice runs into Bob, a Straw Misogynist. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Alice is a Take That! at feminists, but instead of being a misandrist, she's Political Correctness Gone Mad and All Issues Are Political Issues. She spends most of her time debating about whether or not chess is sexist and talking about how milk ads objectify women by promoting the idea that drinking white liquids is good for you.
    • Alice hates men so much that she forces herself to only date and have sex with very feminine women, and identifies as a lesbian despite being completely heterosexual. Hilarity Ensues as she makes her girlfriend do increasingly ridiculous things to please her in bed, such as wearing a strap-on (not that ridiculous), wearing a fake beard (getting up there), and taking up chain smoking in order to make her voice sound more gravelly and masculine. Any suggestion from her girlfriend that maybe she would prefer to have sex with a man instead is met with frothing rage.
    • Alice constantly contradicts herself:
    Alice: Women are equal to men! ... All men are pigs and should be killed or locked up!
    A woman can do anything just as well as a man! ... Physical fitness standards for police/firefighters/soldiers are sexist and must be lowered so that women can pass them!
    Trans women are women! ... Trans men are vile gender traitors seeking male privilege!
    Women should be free to make their own choices! ... Any woman who chooses to do [thing I don't approve of] has been brainwashed by the patriarchy! It wasn't really her choice!
    ...and so on.
    • The flagpole in front of Alice's house has a burning bra on it instead of a flag.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob assumes that Alice is going to be like this upon hearing that she's a feminist complete with Imagine Spot, only to learn that she's a moderate. Then they come to one issue in particular that sets her off and her friend Carol tells her to Stop Being Stereotypical, which she does.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is presented as a reasonable, intelligent and moderate woman.
    • Alice is never identified as a feminist.
  • Enforced: "Feminists are crazy! How can I lampoon them to best effect?"
  • Lampshaded: "You'll have to excuse Alice — she's one of those crazy feminists..."
  • Invoked: "You can't be a feminist without wanting to completely crush all men, honey!"
  • Exploited: Patriarch Evulz covertly funds Alice's misandric crusade in order to discredit real feminists.
  • Defied: "Being a feminist doesn't mean you have to subscribe to extremism; men and women are equal, after all..."
  • Discussed: "Surely all feminists can't be as bad as Alice..."
  • Conversed: "What a ridiculous stereotype!"
  • Implied: Alice is shown to be more cheerful around women than she is around men.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's vicious and extreme opinions alienate her and ensure she remains friendless and unloved.
    • Alice's views make most people think all feminists are insane man-haters.
    • Any men who have any sympathy towards Alice or the feminist cause are eventually disgusted with her, and leave feeling angry and insulted.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice finds The Mentor in Carol who helps her chuck the straw.
    • Alice works with genuine moderate feminists as a foil to show what is a stereotype and what is the real deal.
  • Played for Laughs:
  • Played for Drama: Alice gets a What the Hell, Hero? speech by other feminists for being making the rest look bad.

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