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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 is a troll who opposes feminism and purposely tries to annoy men and true feminists with her strawman performances.
    • Alternatively, 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.
  • Inverted:
  • 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 just be misanthropic in general.
    • Then Lily and George show up and presented as moderate reasonable feminists in contrast to Alice's extremism and irrationality.
    • Alice's views are in fact not hateful or unreasonable at all, but everyone perceives her as a man-hater because of the very societal forces she's fighting against.
  • 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 facade they put on to get people on their side. They're really a man-hating prudish lesbian couple.
    • Lily and George are presented as reasonable and moderate at first. But when asked about men's rights issues such as Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male, Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male, custody battles, etc.; they are presented as ignorant and not realizing that equality goes both ways.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is presented as a naive, 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.
    • Bob 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's demands are all extremely reasonable, but whenever she mentions feminist issues, everyone surrounding her immediately assumes she's going to be 'one of those dumb 'feminazis' '.
    • See the main page image.
    • Alice runs into Bob, a Straw Misogynist. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice claims to be tolerant but secretly loathes and distrusts men ... hoping that by her actions, men will be spurred to be less lazy, be cleaner, treat women better, or do whatever the story requires, and thus "earn" an equality with women that is societal ("you're not allowed to abuse your spouse") and 'practical' ("wow, honey, thanks for cleaning your stuff, even when I didn't ask").
  • Averted:
    • Alice is presented as a reasonable, intelligent and moderate woman.
    • Alice is never identified as a feminist.
    • Alice is used to explore the more extremist and nonsensical ideologies of feminism, but it's made clear that she is not meant to represent feminism as a whole or even the majority of feminists.
  • 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!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's vicious and extreme opinions alienate her and ensure she remains friendless and unloved.
    • And/or Alice's views result in most people assuming that all feminists are insane man-haters, thus setting back the cause of gender egalitarianism.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The heroes are in a quest to bring equality to all, and Alice is one of the antagonists (the others being chauvinists and bigots).
    • Alternatively, Alice is from a place/dimension/era where Straw Feminism is the accepted philosophy, and if anything Alice's views are milder than the general public. She somehow ends up in the modern world however, where her views seem extreme to normal people.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice complains about women being oppressed and treated like slaves while ordering Bob to Stay in the Kitchen.
  • 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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