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One would think that a person who socialises almost exclusively with women and refers to all men aside from himself and his father as "jerks" would be very supportive of women's rights. In the case of Christian Weston Chandler, however, one would be mistaken. Women's rights, at least in Chris's mind, refer to the right of women to strip without interference, and the right of a woman not to be accused of having a pickle. In short, Chris tries to pass off his deranged chauvinism as feminism, despite his sentiments regarding women, men and gender equality contradicting actual feminist ideology in every regard.
Given his admitted love of the 1964 classic Mary Poppins, he presumably stole the concept from the character of Mrs. Banks, who is a suffragette in 1910 London. Of course, Chris wouldn't have the first idea of what women's suffrage is, let alone the impact it had on world history, and why it was being shown in the movie in the first place.
As stated, Chris's extreme zeal for "women's rights" probably comes from Mrs. Banks, the mother of Jane and Michael in Mary Poppins, a 1964 Disney film based on the book series by P. L. Travers. As the story is set in 1910 London, women did not yet have the right to vote, but there was a mass uprising of campaigns for women's franchise around this time, particularly from groups like the radical Suffragettes and the more moderate Suffragists. Mrs. Banks is the mother of the children and sings the second song, "Sister Suffragette", during which she mentions prominent women's campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst being arrested (again).
Mrs. Banks and her friends were depicted as struggling for the greater cause of being treated as an equal, with the same rights and opportunities as men. Chris, however, takes it to mean they simply want to remove their clothes and fuck whenever they want.
In the comic
In the comics, women are portrayed as only enjoying lots of sex, shopping, and cooking (not for themselves; they cook for the men). Similarly, when they go shopping, they buy clothes specifically to wear for their significant other/crush. They have stereotypical female attributes which Chris clearly believes are legitimate, such as them eating salad at McDonalds and squishing over male characters, while being motivated only by the desire to find a mate and please him with offspring.
Chris's most prominent reference to women's rights occurs at the end of Episode 17, in which the Rosechus of CWCville strip naked to celebrate their victory over Jason Kendrick Howell (during which Rosechu rapes Howell (she's supposed to be the hero)) and assert their dominance over 4-cent garbage.com. This scene also implies that women cannot vote in CWCville, because at one point, the Rosechus start singing the "votes for women" portion of the song "Step In Time". This brings up a sinister aspect of Chris's dictatorship over CWCville - he's passionate about batshit laws like making the consumption of tobacco punishable by imprisonment, yet the CWCville administration has never even considered voting rights for women (the United States have had equal voting rights for women since 1920). Considering how Chris tends to put women on a pedestal, you would think he would have addressed that already within Sonichu canon.
Despite their phenomenal talent for fighting evil, Chris depicts Rosechus as passive sexual objects for Sonichus. Reflecting Chris's own distorted image of women, the Rosechus in his comics tend to exhibit a desire to engage in stereotypical behavior, with occasional aggressive sexual overtures. Women also tend to act as deus ex machina plot devices - occasionally leaving their role as irrelevant supporting characters to engage in acts of great bravery and heroism. Often, the female characters offer nothing of any substantial narrative value. Rosechu is seen more often being rescued from damsel-in-distress situations then actually being a competent hero.
It is obvious that Chris is aware of the idea that objectifying women is frowned upon; every time he makes his female characters use their feminine qualities (to put it altogether too mildly), he is quick to add a disclaimer that he respects the women for both their minds and bodies, and/or make the claim that the characters are doing it because they want to fight for the rights of women. However, due to his mental block, he fails to understand that disclaimers like these make him appear to be a hypocrite.
In real life
Chris allows himself to be controlled by his own desires, and has soaked in all sorts of knowledge about women primarily from anime, video games, and in particular pornography, which Chris considers "educational". He has had several problems realizing the difference between exaggerated stereotypes and the reality, as also evidenced by his racist remarks. During the Tomgirl Saga, he states that he uses the female bathroom, and that there is "no going back for him", not realizing that he is blatantly intruding upon the privacy of the women present, and disregarding their feelings (which, undoubtedly, can be summed up as pure terror).
This delusion regarding females is painfully obvious in Chris's interaction with women during his Love Quest. Chris takes on a completely passive role in his attraction strategy, waiting to be approached by women whom he thinks will take interest in his appearance, and who when in a relationship with him will look after him both financially and physically - essentially, a maternal figure. Rather than aiming to better himself, Chris is looking to be fulfilled and served by women. Rather than having the full potential to use their talents in society, women's rights are the rights of women to bring pleasure to men as Chris sees fit. When Chris claimed to have lost his virginity to a hooker in April 2012, he also said, quite bluntly, "My future sweetheart will find out about it", giving off the impression that whoever hooks up with him will just accept him sleeping with a prostitute right off the bat, and relegating the woman who finally took away his hated virginity to being nothing more than an organic Fapcup. This was proven true when in December 2014, he wrote this as a vow on a card to his latest sweetheart, Catherine.
Much of Chris's sexism in relationships is hypocrisy – for example, he thought that if he was married to Ivy and was stressed, he could go to a strip club, but of course she could not; similarly, he suggested a MFF threesome with many of his sweethearts, but was horrified when Ivy suggested a MMF threesome. He even supports the notion that it's okay to cheat on your spouse as long as you have permission, but he himself has shown nothing but utter contempt towards anybody he deems a threat to his relationships. In a nutshell, this means that it's okay for him to sleep around just as long as he tells his girlfriend about it, but not okay for any sweetheart to do the same to him.
When confronted with his sexism, Chris becomes extremely indignant and offended. When his sexism is pointed out, he gets upset and clarifies that he would never harm a woman (though he has no problem threatening to kill them). Chris seems to be under the impression that "sexism" basically means "physical abuse", and doesn't think portraying women as sexual objects obsessed with shopping is offensive or damaging.
It seems that in recent years, Chris has gotten even more demanding and aggressive in his attitude towards women. Read this E-mail to Catherine leaked in 2014, where Chris gets annoyed when Catherine says no to a relationship (big surprise), where he basically insults the woman and blatantly claims that he's entitled to her, right before whining about how depressed he is. He even goes on further to say that she should "appreciate the the hard work and effort I had put into US!!!", even though shortly before that he was abusing her friends and telling her what she can and can't do.
Chris's understanding of women's wants and needs is only further complicated by his belief that all women think alike. When discussing any of his potential sweethearts over the years, Chris invariably falls back on describing them as caring, fun and sweet as if women could not have any personality beyond that of a non-threatening, support figure in his life. On the rare occasion Chris is able to see a woman as anything else, such as Vivian Gee, he's still much more willing to compromise and forgive. When pressed for an opinion on female celebrities and Internet personalities, he immediately falls back on weak platitudes like calling them strong or brave.
Long story short, while Chris claims to like women "for their personality", it's blatantly obvious what he's really after. A shining example of this is his comment on the Jackie video, where he claims that he liked her for being a "strong character and woman" (despite the characteristics being intentionally unlikable), but it's more than likely he really likes the part where she and Jerry have sex (and possibly because she shares a name with a certain other Jackie in his life).
- List of Christian's edits to Encyclopedia Dramatica
- Lyrics from "The Life I Lead": "It's grand to be an Englishman in 1910 / King Edward's on the throne / It's the age of men!"
- "Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!"
- Miyamoto Saga
- Ivy Q&A
- Jackie video on YouTube