Stage 1: A white, conventionally attractive woman kicking ass.
Stage 2: The white, conventially attractive boyfriend of Stage 1 kicking ass.
Stage 3: The white, conventionally attractive misogynist enemy of Stage 1 kicking ass.
I feel the progressiveness. Really, I do.
ETA: Yes, this was harsh. My intent was not to make any individual feminists feel bad or to claim that Mal is really Caleb. My intent was to highlight that (a) Joss Whedon isn’t that progressive and (b) if this is the stuff that is considered progressive in Hollywood, then we’re really screwed.