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Laura Perrins: Feminists should watch Dunkirk and thank men


I understand that Elisabeth Moss, of Mad Men, The West Wing and The Handmaids’s Tale, is not necessarily representative of modern day feminism, but I was a tad disappointed by her latest promotional interview.

In an interview for The Times to promote BBC-2’s drama Top of the Lake, she really did let the side down. Moss exposes why so few ordinary people identify as feminists these days – namely the rather nasty hatred of men that has become central to feminism.

The article explains, “Just as the women in Top of the Lake are strong and nuanced, the men are weak and contemptible. In the first series they were a grisly gallery of rapists, paedophiles and sad-sack junkies; this time they’re pimps, bullies and nerds who pay for sex because they can’t talk to women.

“Moss giggles. “I f***ing love it because so often we have something led by a man, and the woman is either a whimpering idiot who is being walked over or she’s just a whore. So it’s great to go to the men, ‘We’ll either make you gross, weird, nerdy or evil suppressors.’ Why not turn the tables?”

Why not indeed? Erm, because the idea that women were only ever portrayed as either whimpering idiots or indeed whores is just a big fat lie. And secondly, misandry is quite nasty and not necessary for female equality or emancipation. Is this what we have to do now – portray men as gross, weird, nerdy or evil suppressors, in order to make ourselves feel good,because if that is the feminist deal then I’m out. This is why I have been out for many years.

It seems Terminator never happened to Elizabeth Moss where Linda Hamilton takes on a cyborg from the future. Twice. Whimpering idiot she most certainly was not.

Nor was Sigourney Weaver (Aliens), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), I could go on. There is a whole list of heroines here.

In fact, even you like your women more traditional – which in general I do – none of the leads in Pride and Prejudice or any of the Austen classics were idiots or whores. Indeed, was Jane Eyre an idiot? I think not.

Enough with the straw arguments that men have painted women as weak and pathetic. If this is what you need to believe to so you can ‘f’ing love’ how all, and I mean all, of the male characters in a particular series are portrayed as monsters, then that is your issue lady and it says a lot about you.

Dear readers of The Con Wom, you have been warned. I know you avoid the BBC as much as I do, and you would do well to avoid this series also. I know I do not have to watch it, but I do have to pay for it via the licence fee, which is so infuriating.

So man-hating feminists of feminism, you should really drop the misandry; it is not a good look. Perhaps go and watch Dunkirk, a film is based on fact not fiction, and see what men have sacrificed for your freedom. They died so you could make this hate-filled art. A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice.

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