Gay argues strenuously against the need for “likeable” characters in literature, because women aren’t so two-dimensional in real life. It’s a standard that applies too frequently to women in politics and positions of power.
I really liked those lines. Those lines really matter. It is remarkable to see men be anti-heroic but if a woman is non-feminine does it make her less female? She is written off as a bad excuse most of the time. Her “hysteria” is as the movie said a “a catch all term for everything that is wrong with her”. Have you ever dared to question what is right about her? Her screams, shouts, tantrums and crying into oblivion? To be put on a throne of privelage or a shoddy tent to service as a sex worker yet still feel the stings of the same criticism is a harrowing and a very deep rooted cadaver making, gut wrenching, heart plastering pain.
No one said a woman needs to be the perfect “feminine” for there is no such thing.