Fiona Pretzels is back in our latest episode (see previous post) and I remain as ambivalent as ever about the character. Every time she shows up, I feel like I should include a disclaimer.
If you didn't know me, based on this cartoon you might assume I was some conservative dorkwad using Fiona as a sock puppet to make fun of the "feminazis." Actually I'm a far-lefty dorkwad, and Fiona is only meant to make fun of a certain kind of windy, dogmatic feminist, not feminists in general.
Years ago, I had a girlfriend go all hardcore feminist-y on me one summer. Seemingly overnight, she went from being this really fun, interesting person to a person who saw sexism and oppression in absolutely everything. It was almost like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, only instead of leaving behind an emotionless pod person, the aliens left behind a pissed-off girl with hairy legs.
At the time I was working on some stupid little short story with a female protagonist, and this woman gave me two tons of shit over that. She was grievously offended that a male (which was how I identified at the time) could ever presume to write about a woman's life. Now, bear in mind that she hadn't actually read the story. She believed that being born with a penis meant you absolutely were not allowed to write about a female character, ever. It stunned me that any girl as smart as she was could be that freaking dumb.
And that's Fiona, right there.