If a novel is divided between Good Women and Bad Women, it is not a feminist novel.
I don’t care whether the Good Woman is a virtuous tower maiden and the Bad Woman has vagina dentata and knows how to use them or if the Good Woman is a sexy Wiccan part-time knight and the Bad Woman a moralizing icicle in skirts. If the women earn their morality by Doing Womanhood Right and Doing Womanhood Wrong, if the author can’t write a Good Woman without showing the malevolence of Bad Women who aren’t like her, the book’s not feminist. The paradigms themselves don’t matter.
1 year ago on April 27, 2012 at 03:17pm with 465 notes