This is great, and it is really nice to see someone call out Mean Girls / Tina Fey for this. I enjoy that movie a lot, but it has always REALLY bothered me that it shows bitchy, competitive girls as if they're in a total vacuum, and particularly that the main dreamy love interest is just super nice and turned off by all the meanness.
@AHP I don't know if I'd use the word "feminist," unless there's evidence of he himself using that term--but absolutely, I would agree with the second statement. I think he fetishized the idea of women being brutalized and him (or a very obvious narrative stand-in for himself) stepping in, rescuing them, and having them be grateful for it.
I would just like to say that, although I think AHP is a genius, I will never EVER be on board with calling Stieg Larsson OR Girl With a Dragon Tattoo feminist. Never.
I love this BUT how can we talk about Katniss without talking about Katniss/Johanna! SWOOOOOON
I also spent a lot of time feeling like I was someone who didn't like poetry, and that idea was chipped away just by various poems I found that I liked (I kept on making excuses--well, maybe I only like poetry that rhymes and has clever linguistic strategies; or, okay, maybe only if it sounds beautiful, or--until I realized I just like some poetry and didn't like some poetry.
Sarah Miller's reasoning is better than mine though--rather than standing up to some banking-method academic bullshit, I'm pretty sure I was rebelling against the kind of person who talked about how they loooooved poetry--I thought of myself as being kind of like the equivalent of Beavis and Butthead in that episode where they go to the art museum. PROUDLY! Sigh.