Men talk directly and transactionally, women talk contextually and relationally: ending sentences with an upward inflection, for example, to invite participation. Thatcher got to where she did partly by completely and utterly adopting the ways of men’s speech – ‘Let’s invade the Falklands?’ just wouldn’t have worked. But there’s something very dangerous about doing that, as it propagates the notion that one gendered speech style guarantees success more than another. Women’s success can come from many more angles than apeing how men work and this is what we should be aiming for.
The manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) trope is sexist as hell. The creeping, insipid nature of the sexism inherent in this character archetype is harder to put one’s finger on; the veneer makes it difficult to tease out exactly what is wrong.