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Whaaat? The writer who created the character Josh Lyman is in real life arrogant and condescending to women? No way.

What’s the matter with Kansas? Well, its non-stop crusade against abortion providers, for one thing.

Alyssa Rosenberg on “Brave” and why gender performance and sexual orientation are not the same thing.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sydneyt710/ Sydney

    On the Brave column: I am so glad that a movie has finally come out that tells little girls to be themselves however they see fit. This line in particular struck a chord with me: “And if a girl is defying the gendered norms laid out for her, that should be a sign that we question the adequacy of the norms in capturing the diversity of girls’ experiences, rather than the girl herself.”
    Also – who cares what the sexual orientation of a cartoon character is? Shame on Entertainment Weekly for making it an issue. (Seriously – if it’s anyone’s weird issues they should be examining it’s Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Giving up your voice to land the guy? Seems like something Michigan legislators would fully support…)

  • hannahers

    While Josh was certainly arrogant, I reject your insinuation that he was condescending to women. I agree that Aaron Sorkin is, but please do not imply that Josh was in some way an extension of Sorkin. Josh was true and kind and honest and yes, an asshole. But he was not condescending toward women.