There's a womenlovefest
event going on that I've only just become aware of - "We love the women that fandom hates." Besides being a needlessly incendiary, spiteful and combative title, this event has two very obvious problems.
a) Many of these women are not, in fact, women that fandom hate. I challenge you to show me the group of Avatar fans in which the majority did not love Azula - or at least hate her in the capacity any villain ought rightly to be hated.
b) Many of the "hatred" aimed at characters being profiled is, in fact, legitimate and non-sexist criticism of characters who, while certainly endearing to some, were in fact flawed. Ginny Weasley fans may feel slighted, but I am personally more offended by the fact that she seems to exist in the story as Harry's ticket into the Weasley family and the Token Fiery Girl than by anything I have ever seen anything said about her on the internet.
The gesture is too weak and less-than-critical to in any way impact pervasive sexism in fandom and too unnecessarily spiteful to be an adequate everyone-can-join-in celebration of people's favourite lady characters. Frankly, I would have been perfectly interested people's thoughts on why they like what they like without
the futile, redundant and superfluous passive-aggressive undercurrent.
I know it's frustrating to see characters you like torn down, but if the point is to stop sexist tearing-down, then I think it would probably be much better to address that than to try to persuade others to our point of view about the character. If the point is just to talk about characters we like in a space that will affirm us, then why is the event so named?
This kind of thing really undermines our collective point.