How did Winston view women before he met Julia and how did she change his view?

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Before meeting Julia, Winston strongly disliked women, because in his mind, they tended to be the most enthusiastic Party members:

He disliked nearly all women, and especially the young and pretty ones. It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy.

Winston does fantasize about women, but his fantasies, more than one of which is described in detail in 1984, tend to be hostile and violent. Women seem to represent to him everything that is wrong about the Party, none of which, of course, he can express publicly. In the opening scene of the book, for example, he finds himself projecting the hate he is supposed to feel for Goldstein during the Two Minutes' Hate to a girl sitting behind him. When he gets to know Julia, however, he discovers that she is different. If anything, her rebelliousness makes him a bit uncomfortable. After all, it is Julia, not Winston, who initiates their love affair. 


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