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"Undue concern for women leads to contempt for them."

"Just because you're wearing armor doesn't mean you belong in a battlefield! Taking your head brings me only shame! Be gone! War is a man's work!
Shimazu Toyohisa to Joan of Arc, Drifters

    Comic Books 

Olive: Why are there no women running for president?
Popeye: Because they're too busy runnin' fer huskbands!
Popeye, "Olive Oyl for President"


    Fan Works 
She began to get out of bed on the other side. "I'm coming with you, Scott."
"No, you're not," he said, heading for the closet.
A second later, he found himself lifted off the floor and propelled backward. "Don't you ever tell me 'No, you're not!' about something like this, Scott Summers. I mean it!"
"Jeannie, this could be dangerous!"
"And Magneto wasn't? Or Sauron, or Quasimodo, or the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, or any of those others?" She walked over to face him, still holding him six inches off the ground. "Well?"
"Damnation," he said. "All right. But..."
"But what?"
"Where do you have our uniforms?"
"I'll go get them," she smiled, and lowered him to the ground as she went to the dresser.

And not even Carol, his favorite, could convince him to spend the money on a college education. Her grades were good enough. Her test scores were high enough to have some schools sending her brochures asking them to consider spending four years worth of time and tuition money with them, and even offering some incentives in the way of scholarships.
Joe wouldn't have it. Sure, he'd taught Carol to fight. He'd taught all his kids to fight. That didn't mean she wasn't supposed to be a lady, and a lady's place was in the home, not acting like some harlot on a movie screen or in Vogue or being some spinster career girl. She was going to get married, and that was that. No sense in spending tuition money when she could have her pick of men right there in Boston. But, he said, she could go to secretarial school, or learn to be a nurse. Those were useful things.
So she went and joined the Air Force.


"These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men."

    Live-Action TV 

I know I'm a Power Ranger, but c'mon. You guys are the ones that really... you know... lit it up. I don't feel like I did my share...Oh, actually yeah, I did do something special. I got turned into a stone statue, and everyone had to come and save me. Awesome.
Madison, Power Rangers Mystic Force ("The Light")

"Every time you go out, you get arrested or stabbed or betrothed. You should stay at home and do your embroidery!"
Robin to Marian, Robin Hood

"You know, you’d make a great nurse."
Cap. Archer to Subcommander (First Officer) T'Pol, Star Trek: Enterprise ("Twilight")

Margaret Schroeder: I come from a country where women already have the right to vote. In fact, in most civilized countries women are afforded that privilege.
Senator Edge: Well, in this country we're simply trying to protect women from the hard truths of life.
Margaret Schroeder: By denying them the right to take a meaningful part in it?


When I went to school, I learned to write and how to read,
History, geography and home economy,
And typing is a skill that every girl is sure to need,
To while away the extra time until the time to breed,
And then they had the nerve to ask, "What would you like to be?"
I said, "I'm gonna be an engineer!

No, you only need to learn to be a lady,
The duty isn't yours, for to try and run the world,
An engineer could never have a baby,
Remember, dear, that you're a girl."
Peggy Seeger, Gonna Be An Engineer

The first time it was fathers, the last time it was sons,
And in between, your husbands marched away with drums and guns,
But you never stopped to question, you just went on with your lives,
Cos all they taught you who to be was mothers, daughters, wives,
And you believed them
Judy Small, Mothers, Daughters, Wives

"We make her paint her face and dance
If she won't be slave, we say that she don't love us
If she's real, we say she's trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us"
John Lennon, "Woman is the Nigger of the World"

Who must find a way to keep a proper home
A quiet home, a kosher home?
Who must raise the family and run that home
So Papa's free to read the holy books
The Mamanote , Tradition, Fiddler on the Roof

    Film — Live-Action 

Neo:: What are you doing?
Trinity: I'm going with you.
Neo: No, you're not.
Trinity: No? Let me tell you what I believe. I believe that Morpheus means more to me than he does to you. I believe if you are really serious about rescuing him, you are going to need my help. And since I am the ranking officer on this ship, if you don't like it... I believe you can go to hell. Because you're not going anywhere else. Tank, load us up.

Hammond: But you know, I should really be the one going.
Dr. Sattler: Why?
Hammond: Well, because you're a... and I'm a...
Dr. Sattler: Look, we can discuss "sexism in survival situations" when I get back.


    Video Games 

"Just a girl. Get out of here!"
Ryu Hayabusa on meeting Irene Lew, Ninja Gaiden

Seliph: Lana, I want you to stay in town. We'll be heading east to the sandy basin to confront the enemy.
Lana: Sir, I'm not staying behind!
Seliph: I'm not going to let you get yourself killed out there. Nuns and warfare DO NOT MIX!!

    Web Original 

"Eventually, you meet a ninja and his rad hound, and then you meet someone named Celes. The game talks her up like she's going to be a major player, but in general she's just some opera floozy who jumps off a cliff because she's too stupid to feed an old man food that isn't poisonous. Great character development there SquareSoft."
Chris Rasa on Final Fantasy VI (April Fools' article)

"It’s not good for relationships to tell men what to do? Who the fuck taught her about relationships, Tony Soprano? Or maybe this is just another creative way to sell copies of ARTPOP. 'Gaga, we’re thinking it might be a good idea to reach out to some previously ignored markets. What do you think about the submissive wives of Utah?"
Michael K., "Lady Gaga Keeps Finding New Ways To Be Obnoxiously Frustrating"

"An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. —No stars."

"This is the story where Sarah is so badly-written that she admits thinking gives her a headache."

"There is not a male wrestler on the WCW roster who couldn't have beaten Colonel Parker by whipping their dick out and flapping it in his general direction, and yet here he effortlessly tosses Madusa around like a rag doll because HE IS MAN AND MAN IS MIGHTY."
Cewsh Reviews on WCW Uncensored '96

"When you talk to a guy, he wants you to get on a gatling gun and kill buffalo rapists. When you talk to a girl, she wants you to play a rhythm action game to feed her pigs. A woman's idea of a mission is a scenic wagon ride or driving her fussy cattle out to pasture, and she will be nagging at you the whole goddamn time."


"When Singer announced that Rogue's solitary DoFP scene had been cut for pacing issues, fan reaction was split between 'Yay! She sucked anyway!' and 'Yay! At least they can't ruin her anymore!'"

"...Tom Wilkinson is stuck in a more thankless role as the railroad tycoon whose turn towards evil is obvious from the moment he's introduced leering at [Ruth] Wilson, who becomes just another damsel in distress. In fact, when it looks like she's about to actually accomplish something during the climax, Tonto unwittingly knocks her out with a rock. I feel like there's a scene that captures every wrong-headed approach this film takes, and there's another one."

"Let's ask you the questions now. Why were you holding [Homura] back? Is it because she's a girl, and you're a knight in shining armor, obliged to save damsels?"
Archer accusing Cloud of this trope (incorrectly), Our Avatars Are in a Room Together

    Web Video 

"Shut your mouth, pussycat! Farmi un macchiato, pronto!"

"Keeping with the tradition of only being relegated to horribly-trivial B-plots, Jill helps Shauni in her quest to drive out sub-standard beach concessions."
Allison Pregler on Baywatch, "Home Court"

    Western Animation 

Kyle: Yeah, but that sucks, to get your butt kicked by a girl, Stan.
Cartman: I would never let a woman kick my ass. If she tried anything, I'd be like, "Hey, you get your bitch ass back in the kitchen, and make me some pie!"

"This is the Association of World Super Men! You're little girls! We are the men! — the protectors, the hunters, the fighters and the show-offs, and the noise-makers! You are little girls. You should be at home with your mommy learning how to cook and clean and... blah-blah-blah-blah-blah-whatever-women-stuff. So leave the super heroics to the super men!"
Major Glory, The Powerpuff Girls, "Members Only"

"When Virginia Woolf wrote "every woman needs a room of one's own", she must have been talking about the kitchen!"

Mega Man: Whoa, where do you think you're going?
Roll: With you!
Mega Man: Not a chance, fancypants! I don't need any girl robots getting in my way!
Roll: You mean you don't want a girl robot showing you up.
Mega Man: Forget it, Roll! It's too dangerous.
Mega Man cartoon

"Your job is cleaning, cooking, shopping, laundry and anything else I can think of."
Eustace Bagge, Courage the Cowardly Dog

    Real Life 

"Remember, little girl, that one day you must be a German mother."

"Man is, or should be, woman's protector and defender.... The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator."
Justice Bradley, United States Supreme Court, in Bradwell v. State of Illinois (1873)

Communism as an ideology had been passionately committed to women's equality and liberation, in every sense including the erotic, in spite of Lenin's own dislike of casual sexual promiscuity. (However, both Krupskaya and Lenin were among the rare revolutionaries who specifically favored the sharing of housework between the sexes)...Yet, with rather rare exceptions...they were not prominent in the first political ranks of their parties, or indeed at all, and in the new communist-governed states they became even less visible. Indeed, women in leading political functions virtually disappeared...When women streamed into a profession opened to them, as in the U.S.S.R., where the medical profession became largely feminized in consequence, it lost status and income. As against Western feminists, most married Soviet women, long used to a lifetime of paid work, dreamed of the luxury of staying at home and doing only one job.
Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes.

"Ladies, I have a mission for you on election day: cook! Sweet and exquisite things, please. Bring them to the polling station to be examined. The boldest can try making a tart, the most skilful, profiteroles."
— Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

"I believe it’s a biological function of men, because we tend to be larger than women, to be protective of them. If I were to try to zero in, comic-book-like, on when masculinity went awry, I’d say it was when Rod Stewart sang, ‘You are my lover, you’re my best friend,’ rather than allowing there to be two people in his life who served two very important functions."

"I spent most of Timelash tied to a pole. It was so small-minded. I have spoken to some of the other assistants and we all suffered from that problem. I found it incredible that Doctor Who has come so far and all they could find for me to do was tie me to a pole!"
Nicola Bryant on Doctor Who, "Timelash"

"Marina and I have always laughed about the fact that both of us can do fencing and that sort of thing. We're the ones who bash pots over warrior's heads, instead of doing karate or whatever."
Gates McFadden discussing her and co-star Marina Sirtis' tendency to play this role on Star Trek: The Next Generation

"A lot of girl power ended up on the cutting room floor, unfortunately. I had a really awesome scene where I was fighting The Foot Clan, but I think they were like, 'Why would a tiny journalist be able to kick so much ass?' So that got cut."

"As a reminder: the premise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that four anthropomorphic turtles, named for Renaissance artists, were trained in the arts of ninja fighting by an anthropomorphic rat. They battle aliens and mutant animals in the sewers of New York City. But, no, it just doesn't make sense that a small woman would be able to successfully beat a foe in hand-to-hand combat. JUST HOW FAR DO YOU EXPECT US TO SUSPEND OUR DISBELIEF?"
Callie Beusman, Jezebel

"Cut to: the dance, where Zack's forcibly twirled around by the disgusting tomboy freak (who's wearing a dress, but still gross because she's leading the dance, so might as well be dangling a pendulous pair of hairy testicles into a milkshake). These days, Rhonda, aka actress Kirsten Holmquist, hosts TLC's real-estate development show Property Ladder, but hopefully in a skirt, because I don't want our kids corrupted."
Stuart Millard on Saved by the Bell ("Fatal Distraction"), So Excited, So Scared



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