Episode 13: Manic Pixie Dream Caveman
Update: male writers must be stopped. This week, Jane discusses the misogynist origins of Manic Pixie Dream Girls and SPECIAL GUEST ALERT! We are joined by Andy Hunter, who explains the differences between humans and neanderthals and speculates wildly with us about mermaids, unicorns, and elves! Plus, why aren't we buried upright?
Is it any shock that Manic Pixie Dream Girls were created by men? Essentially, if a straight man dreamt up the perfect girlfriend but forgot to give her any drive, agency, or depth of her own, then you got it. Get diversity in the writer's room, and this won't be a problem! Also, sorry to Zooey Deschanel. You are a person, not a trope.
Did you know that neanderthals and humans are different species? They're like our brothers and sisters! We have common ancestors, which include the famous Lucy (pictured below), but homo sapiens did not evolve from neanderthals. Neanderthals had bigger brains, no forehead, broader chests, were shorter than us, and did not like art. Also, whales evolved from ferrets.