In the comments on my last column, one reader questioned my request for "less Ephron and more Taymor and Bigelow" in Hollywood. We cleared the confusion pretty quickly, but a good point was brought up -- the importance and challenge of being a feminist ally, of praising female achievements.
There's not much that hurts an argument for equality more than a self-proclaimed feminist or champion of women's rights making over-generalizations about women and judgments on certain female experiences. It irks me to no end when I see women say that they are steadfast feminists and then talk about how women are irrational, manipulative, etc., like one woman's impropriety is indicative of an entire sex. And while the second aspect -- not invalidating a myriad of experiences -- is just as important, this is the one I struggle with, especially as a writer of women's issues in cinema.