Henderson, between thanking seemingly everyone in the room for coming, described the compromise between didacticism and fun: “Feminist Ryan Gosling for me,” she said, “is a good way to kind to bridge the gap between feminist rage and my general, you know, living with the bullshit of being a woman in America rage.”
“I can tell he’s attractive, but I don't burn for him,” said Sarah Brown, host of the monthly reading series Cringe. “I would find it attractive if anyone said the things that feminist Ryan Gosling says,” said rising NYU senior Alison Maney.
And yet Henderson has seen past her ambivalence to make Feminist Ryan Gosling into something of a sensation; it celebrated its translation to last night at Housing Works Bookstore.
Before we give Gosling too much credit, of course, let’s lay out some caveats here. The study, which was by Canada’s CBC News on Monday, looked at a pretty small sample group: 99 college students, most of them women. It also tested the impact of the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme, in its entirety — in other words, it didn’t distinguish whether men were just reacting to the feminist text that appears with each meme, or the full feminist/Gosling package.