"In fact, many women avoid standing up for themselves because other people immediately give them the label of "feminist" and/or "bitch", which progresses to "man-hater". All of these are labels given by people who are not comfortable with a.) being a strong woman or b.) being a man around strong women."
That's the crux of it, I think, even in context of the article. The majority of big producers are men and tend to, probably, gravitate to other 'big men' directors.
As for women buying into patriarchal nonsense, that IS a big part of the stalling of the progression of womens rights. There is a sort of *illusion* of equality that's been propagated but still, underneath the hood so to speak, women are still objectified and exploited. I'm sure the reasons for women going along with that are extremely complex and vary individual to individual.
I often hear, from both men and women, all females referred to in a group sense, as if women are not unique individuals apart from each other. This, imho, is a terrible social travesty.
Most men *secure* with their masculinity are not intimidated by strong, independent women.
I had a friend remark that feminists just want to be men. I really laid into him because that's one of the dumbest sorts of mentalities out there. In my opinion, women don't have to BE men but there's certainly nothing wrong with, and it might even help, women being AS SELFISH as men are raised to be. To think of themselves first, their own best interests first, and not be eroded by societal expectations. But society trains little girls to seek love, not respect. It's the reverse for males. So I think it's important that parents raise their daughters to expect respect for their individuality and humanity FIRST, and THEN consider Love.
Personally, I like discussions like this even though I might trip up myself in an attempt to explain or understand a thing. Men and women need to stop brushing each other with a broad stroke of the brush and making assumptions that 'all women are this way, think this way' and 'all men are x, y, and z'. I KNOW that women have a lot more to say about the world around them than what "Sex in the city" demonstrated ( shoes and dating ). I know this because my female friends are not all the same, do not all think the same, don't react the same, etc etc.
The one plus I'd give Sex In the City is that it tore the veil off the myth that women are non-sexual and only use sex to get love or money. In that series, the women clearly want sex for sex's sake and I've heard this same sentiment from women I've known. I do believe this is INCREDIBLY intimidating to many insecure men. It challenged the model of 'woman as pure mother-angel', which is probably some Virgin Mary hangover. Mary's body was a one-way street. Things could come out but nothing could go in, iow. Wouldn't an omnipotent God be the BEST lover if he's 'all knowing'? If so, then Mary probably had a very good time of it I hope so anyway lol