From Christina Rossetti in Context by Anthony H. Harrison, the Harvester Press, 1988:
Goblin Market and The Prince's Progress, moreoever, constitute formal and thematic assults upon the androcentric tradition of the romantic lyric. Not only do these narrative poems eschew the lyric form in which love ideals are typically presented by male speakers who aspire to fulfillment through union with their beloveds, but they also expose the corrupt (commercial and hypocritically materialist or socially prescribed) foundations upon which such false ideals are erected. Further, they palpably demonstrate the ways in which women are perceived as objects or mere ciphers by the patriarchal ideologies of romantic love that pretend to idolize women and desire union with them. These poems are, therefore, powerful social critiques of a system of romantic values that began in medieval France and had reached its institutional apogee in Victorian England with its apotheosis of middle-class women as Angels in the House.
How often do we encounter a passage like this in an academic work? The relentless bashing of men has been going on for decades in universities, but more recently it has filtered out to advertising, entertainment, and any number of other fields. Men are portrayed as bumbling idiots in comedy after comedy, ad after ad. Trailers for action movies delight in depicting some action woman beating the living daylights out of various hapless men-- and this is presented as rather amusing.
I'm sick of it. I think a lot of people are getting sick of it. I'm tired of the expectation that men have to be constantly running their own sex down. I'm tired of the expectation that men always have to be making fun of themselves. Some people might think I've been too soft on the Alt Right in this blog, but this is one of the many areas where I think they are absolutely right. The man-bashing needs to be called out.