Quotes: Straw Feminist

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Just then, a feminist jumps out of a manhole - oh, and she didn't like that.
Bill Bailey

Our library is far too sophisticated for a man to comprehend.
Beata, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Angel One")

Seems like equality for women has ended up meaning inequality for men.
from a Luann strip

It's the media, man, the goddamn brainwashing mainstream feminist fascist media.
Kenji, Katawa Shoujo

All men are potential rapists. All men. Without exception.
Jane, in Shirley Valentine

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One of criticisms for this movie is the portrayal of women; mainly Amanda. No longer are the women in (Woody) Allen’s movies just slightly neurotic or finnicky but now straight up evil harpies... in the past Allen was much more able to take as well as he gave. In Annie Hall, Annie may have issues, but Alvy was just as bad if not worse. In Anything Else, Amanda is evil and Jerry is as innocent as an angel.
Miles Antwiler on Anything Else (2003)

The most toe-curlingly awful moments of The Time Monster are where Ruth is made a feminist to make her comically annoying. But that's nothing compared to this story, which contrives to have the Doctor be a sexist ass to Sarah just so she can complain about it. The problem here should be obvious — the show goes out of its way to make a major character sexist just so it can get in a line complaining about sexism. In other words, the show's reaction to feminism is actually to make its major characters more sexist.
Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "The Time Warrior"

Its so odd to see Tegan not approach somebody with her usual bad attitude and filthy mouth but I guess even Janet Fielding couldn’t bring herself to throw her weight around in the presence of a living legend like The Nicholas Courtney. She saves all of her bile for Mawdryn and in some hastily scripted scenes comes across as a right old cow ...Rather wonderfully the one person she cannot brow beat is the Brigadier and he casually (almost perversely) throws as much sexism her way as possible. Although Tegan (or probably Janet Fielding) has to have the last word and quietly mutters ‘chauvinist’ when he is out of sight. It makes me wonder if that for all her objections to the contrary if Tegan is the sort of self punishing individual that would subconsciously seek out a chauvinist to marry.

I don't understand why the Smallville writers don't get this. Yes, Lois Lane has to be a "strong" character. Yes, she has to be emotionally tough and borderline brilliant in order to attract someone like Superman. Her strength makes her stand out. But why, oh why, do the writers equate acting like a cow to complete strangers with personal strength. I didn't see a tough woman forging her own way in the world here, I saw a whiny, overgrown toddler browbeating someone because she was the one who wanted to make stops along the way and so was late for her reservation.
Julian Finn on Smallville, "Escape"

As far as feminism has come in recent decades, there are still any number of pre-conceptions that exist and are casually perpetuated. Women in positions of authority are particularly likely to be stereotyped. In fact, observers are likely to use the behaviour of women in authority to reinforce and validate their own sexist beliefs.

Indeed, no matter how a woman in authority acts, there’s likely to be a stereotype to account for it. Concerned about those under her? She’s a 'mother.' Aggressive? She’s a 'ball-buster.' Intuitive? 'Overly emotional.' Logical? 'Ice queen.' It is very easy to fall into the trap of playing into sexist stereotypes because there are so damn many of them. One could easily justify the various zig-zags taken by the Voyager writing staff in characterising as attempts to avoid various prat falls. However, swerving to avoid one stereotype means you wind up hitting another.
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Voyager

Hanna Rosin's newly-released The End of Men (based on a column from The Atlantic with the same name) argues that, basically, Spice World was one of the more prescient films of the last fifty years...men, unable to do any damn thing right, are regressing to a sort of stunted Daniel Tosh-esque be-hoodied boy manhood. Soon they will be kept on ranches and farmed for their sperm while the women of the matriarchy hold high minded debates about whether it's okay to require that men taken for walks off of preapproved government Man Reserves should be leashed, or if that's inhumane.
Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel

Maureen Dowd has only ever remained employed so that the sexist bastards who own the New York He-Man Woman-Hater’s Newsletter can point to her and go 'gosh, aren’t women and feminists dumb and selfish and evil she-beasts who try and steal your alimony, you hear that Cheryl, I’ll get my kids back, you’ll see!'

And despite how mind-numbingly awful she is when trying to handle anything related to gender politics, Dowd always manages to find exciting new lows whenever she turns her syphilis-riddled mind to politics. Endless parades of poorly sublimated daddy issues, deep grudges based on imaginary slights, and just pure concentrated stupid on the level to make one weep for one’s gender....Jonathan Swift she ain't.