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Old 11-22-2014, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by KDCat View Post
“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. . . .

Men actually think this girl exists. . . . Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version – maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain."

― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Sure, men "always" say that.

Yes, I know it's fiction—and I haven't read the book so I admit I don't know the context of the quoted portion or the narrative reliability of it—but without context it seems to me like it's just trading a form of sexual objectification for a massive stereotype.
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