xenu01 asked Margaret Atwood:

Sometimes we love things that are problematic. What are your feelings on consuming popular culture that has anti-woman or other unhappy components?

Margaret Atwood Not all women are angelic. Women are human beings and come in every size, shape, age, and degree of moral rectitude. But maybe you meant a systematic degradation and stultification, without any mitigating factors? That would be uninteresting. As for "unhappy components," all art of any complexity has unhappy components. It's an ongoing discussion though:
what is art for? To make us better? To make us feel better? To engage us? To act out our darker sides? To reflect 'reality'? All of the above?

The artist is free to express. And the reader to comment.
Margaret Atwood

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