The behaviors of the men in the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe are more stereotypical than the female character's roles. The father of Idgy helps the girls when they need money to start the cafe, the ex-husband of Ruth's is abusive and violent, and the husband of Evelyn is relatively boring but hard working.
The female characters give the story volume and depth. Idgy is definitely not stereotypical. She is an outspoken woman who lives life to her own drumbeat. She rescues Ruth from her husband and runs her own business. She is more like a contemporary woman than one from the era in which she exists as a young woman. The fact that she and Ruth have their close relationship and raise a son together is different from what is normally expected.