Ryan Gosling, who is something of a darling of feminists, has learned (if he didn’t already know) just how much feminists think of men who put themselves in harm’s way to help them.
Penny Laurie, a British feminist and self-described writer, played down an incident in New York in which Ryan Gosling moved the obvious klutz out of the way of an oncoming cab, saying there are more important things happening in the world. Although this is absolutely true, rather than simply write down an accurate account of the event and simply say “thank you,” she drones on and on about war in the Middle East, her feelings about things (more important than war in the ME), her distaste for American culture, and, finally, her feminism. According to Penny, being a feminist means that she is offended by the idea that a man may have done something important for her:
… as a feminist, a writer, and a gentlewoman of fortune, I refuse to be cast in any sort of boring supporting female role, even though I have occasional trouble crossing the road, and even though I did swoon the teeniest tiniest bit when I realized it was him.
For any guys out there who think they might receive anything from a feminist for any efforts on their behalf, pay close attention to this story. Feminism is about ingratitude as much as anything else, i.e. no matter how much a man does for a woman (or women in general), women owe him nothing in return…
Even if he’s Ryan Gosling!