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

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Winston held typically misogynistic views towards women in which he saw them as uncritical, unthinking individuals who blindly follow authority. Winston essentially assumes women to be mindless individuals who, even though there is no organized rebellion against Big Brother among men, somehow represent mass brainwashing and obedience to the state more than men.

Winston's misogynistic hatred of women extends into his desire to rape young women as he extends his justifiable hatred of the state into a unjustifiable hatred of women. When Winston meets Julia and realizes that she also despises Big Brother, he sees her as an exception to the general rule of women that Winston has imagined. Rather than understanding that in the system of Big Brother, it is nearly impossible to know who truly supports Big Brother versus who is merely attempting to survive, Winston has decided to designate women as unthinking supporters of state violence. Winston, then, must necessarily see his opposition to the...

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