FF suffers from the same problem of any academic theory applied to the real world. Academic theories work in the macro, but real life exists on a very micro scale, which makes applying it very, very messy. So, yeah, in the details, her work is often wrong, even when it's right on a larger scale. That's why I find some of her best work is the work that focuses on broad trends within pop culture. Her Bechdel test video, for instance, works very well, because she's not signaling out any one work, just focusing on the trend. She's also got more of a streak of radical feminism in her view than I do. Not that she's purely rad fem. Academic feminist theory is a bit of ideological purity that does not exist in the real world — again, macro vs. micro. So I don't agree with some of her stuff, because I don't always agree with the basic framework. But, once you accept those limits, macro vs. micro and differing theoretical frameworks, her work is basically sound. It also explains why she doesn't spend a lot of time engaging her more rational critics — any discussion is going to be eventually just come down to a debate on the merits of applying academic discourse to pop culture, and who wants that headache? Truthfully, if it weren't for some her her more "moderate" critics, I probably wouldn't give her much thought, just note her as one voice among many. As I said above, there's a good reason she doesn't address issues of mistakes in the micro when the work is in the macro and differing theoretical framework. And I doubt anyone expects her to engage the extreme misogynistic trolls (And studies have shown that, yes, they really are misogynists, not just pretending for the "LULZ"). But it's others who speak outrageous claims in a rational tone that make me wonder why some people are so threatened by her. I've seen accusations of misuse of fundraised money, engineered "attacks" and such, all without any proof. But every time she comes up, there's always someone who is so threatened that they have to undermine her credibility on a personal level, instead of simply saying "I don't agree and here's why." Which is almost more reflective of the subtle sexism she talks about then any pop culture example.
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