One of the more frequent conversations I’ve had since arriving in Europe is if I plan on consistently having strong, complex female characters at the center of my books. And the answer is: Yes, because there are not enough complicated female characters represented in art and culture, there can always be more, and it is a feminist act to do so.
This type of man is absolutely certain that he, as someone who cares about feminism, knows what will and will not help feminists. His mission is to police women everywhere, to make sure they don’t do something that might Hurt Feminism.
Being a man, he is an expert on what men think, and of course, what men think matters a whole lot. What if a man might be upset by something a woman says? He needs to stop that in its tracks, before feminism gets hurt.
"I don’t really think about her that much. I mean, obviously I’m a fan of her early work which both satirized and celebrated the youth culture’s obsession with sex, but I do wonder as a third-wave feminist if it’s even possible for women to reclaim their sexuality in this deeply entrenched patriarchal society, or if claiming to do so is just a lie we tell ourselves so we can more comfortably cater to the male gaze."
- Diane Nguyen
(BoJack Horseman Season 1, Episode 3)