By Tom Toro, New Yorker July 9, 2015

Male Gaze Feminism and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Warrior Princess

Anyone who has been paying attention to pop culture the last decade has probably heard of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” coined by Nathan Rabin to described a female character who “exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” Rabin was criticizing the sexist trope of a woman who is written only to save a man from himself through her quirky carefree pixieness.

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