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    Ron Burgundy's brand of overt sexism is one that very few seriously subscribe to in the present day. Burgundy's sexism is buffoonish, a caricature, a quality that I highly doubt many young men see in themselves. Sexism continues to pervade our culture but it is mostly in a way that spawns from ignorance, not from outright hostility. I don't believe a film should receive a pat on the back for expressing the bluntly obvious point that women should not be barred from employment simply by dint of their gender. Almost no one would disagree with that point. Yet women continue to face challenges in the workplace and elsewhere for a bevy of other reasons. And honestly, I feel part of the problem is that people feel that if they hold the kind of sweeping, general non-sexist beliefs such as those, then there is no way they could be participating in sexism. When in reality there are all manner of more subtle/nuanced/unconscious ways in which sexism is still perpetuated.

    To be clear I'm not saying this makes Anchorman somehow an anti-feminist movie exactly, or had a responsibility to delve more subtly into feminist issues. But what I am saying is that it shouldn't be credited with being a feminist film simply because it makes a point that is really the bare minimum for being not sexist.

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