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Fauxminist Trolls are At It Again: Scarlett O’Hara as Feminist Icon

Gone with the Wind: "Tomorrow is Another Day!"

Gone with the Wind: "Tomorrow is Another Day!"

Besides fake news, another troublesome trend wreaking havoc in cyber space is the “culture war.” What is a culture war, you ask? This is a phenomenon in which one group goes on a crusade to denounce, discredit and even eliminate another group that doesn’t share its values, based on the logic that it poses a threat to everyone’s way of life. Some examples of culture wars are Alt Right vs SJWs, Liberals vs Conservatives, MRAs vs Feminists, pro-life vs pro-abortion and All Lives Matters vs Blue Lives Matter.

Culture wars are nothing new and have been around forever; what’s different is how foot soldiers are now using a combination of the internet and pop culture to wage their wars. One way they’ve been doing this is unleashing an army of disinformation trolls to take classic or popular IPs (books, movies, TV shows, video games, etc.) and use them as weapons to wage war on their enemies.

One of these troll army factions are Fauxminists–i.e., people pretending to be feminists in order to undermine feminism. Over the years, a common tactic of fauxminists is to hijack iconic female characters in mass media to spread fauxminist disinfo. Either they will latch onto throwbacks and prop them up as feminist ideals or trash feminist icons and denigrate them as being anything but feminist. For example, when Wonder Woman came out, fauxminists started praising the Wonder Woman character as setting a new benchmark for feminist characters onscreen while ironically denigrating Sarah Connor–the most iconic movie heroine of all time–as illegitimate.

Not satisfied to go after Wonder Woman and Sarah Connor, fauxminists have a new movie female in their sights–Scarlett O’Hara of Gone with the Wind fame. Why Scarlett? Well, much of fauxminism revolves around two things: 1) taking the least feminist character and talking her up or 2) taking the most feminist character and talking her down. Scarlett O’Hara–a throwback–is the perfect candidate for their latest disinformation campaign, and so fauxminists have been working overtime to confuse a new generation of women into seeing her as a feminist icon. Below, I will expose the various tactics and talking points that they’ve been using to prop up Scarlett O’Hara. I will also be explaining why she could never be a feminist character by any stretch of the imagination.


  1. Okay I though all these points were super solid till it was confirmed that her reaction was in the book as well and the one thing that drives me crazy about this argument that it’s rape is that ignores the reality of the Brat / Sub Sexual style. in which a person is turned on my being antagonistic, and saying no being challenging and wiling their partner into delicately punishing them or maybe aggressively, it’s all very personal and individual and that doesn’t really matter. the point is there is a whole collection of people who are not in the rape fantasy category – they are separate- that have a specific preference and the decades this is written for and the decade it was written in did not have the language for it. Rape is drama. No if ands or buts and anything less than trauma from it has to suggest some grey area that people don’t have a right to decide what it is or isn’t is any black and white way. There is also the idea of exploration, she didn’t know she would like such a thing before it happened, but it’s indicated she did both in book and movie. there is no easy way to explain brat subs and I literally only found the term this year but I’ve been looking majority of my adult life. so if it was that hard for me to find the language, then it’s downright impossible to people who are not actively looking to explain that they get turned on by being naughty or antagonistic (Bratty) and eliciting a response, preferably a sexual ravishing one. (Not Rape) and the rape is everything lately – rise up for everything makes it hard for people to enjoy ravishing as a trope. it’ is a VALID trope that does it for a lot of people. It isn’t fair for SJW to make everything their way or nothing. There are people who don’t want to be asked permission for every touch, who are in fact turned off by that, there are people who are turned off by not being chased a bit and these people are not less and not wrong. though this does need to come from the woman and should not be taught as a way of handling it by men or anything, but it feels very much lately that there is a war against rough romantic tension and the line is not confusing at all not matter what Hollywood liked to do. you cannot negate when a story is on purpose, you cannot skip sentences of pleasure because you don’t agree that they should have had it..Rape is trauma but Rough sex taken by surprise in a fight does not have to be – it might be- but that is really up to the recipient each and-every time. not the general public or any laws and rules.

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      1) Are you female?

      2) Tell me about your rough sex experience and how you “enjoyed” it. Let’s hear it.

      3) Never mind. I know you’ve never had such an experience because you don’t seem to have an awareness of how female anatomy works. A woman who says, “No,” fights the guy the entire time and is forced to submit to sex could never “enjoy it,” because a woman has to be aroused first. The vagina has to be lubricated or else the penis will tear into it, cause an incredible amount of pain and may even cause tears and bleeding.

      Even women who are sexually aroused and have healthy consensual sex will have pain from time to time from dryness, so I have to wonder whether you’re actually a “woman” (and not a young male passing for one), or whether you’re a female virgin who gets informed from sex through hardcore porn and thinks that it’s so easy to have hardcore sex.

      4) If I’m “SJW’ing” everything, you better take your complaint to all the people who complained about the staircase scene back in 1939, too. I say this, because the people who were responsible for clearing movies for release almost stopped Gone with the Wind from being made, because the scene in question was called the “marital rape scene.” So, the scene barely made it into the movie.

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