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Let's quote one of the best lines from last night's tearjerker of an American Horror Story finale: "Don't you ever let a man tell you who you are or make you feel like you are less than he is." It comes from Jessica Lange, Ryan Murphy's muse and frequent mouthpiece for his feminist thoughts. That's right, feminist thoughts! Ryan Murphy has feminist thoughts! He told reporters last week that season three of American Horror Story would be "all about female power," hardly a surprise since his entire second season was a commentary on female sexual repression, male aggression, and the Catholic Church, which neatly combines the two. Murphy is obsessed with women — our history, our haters, the injustices done to us, our against-the-odds ambition. (He ended the season with a callback to the first episode, when Jude tells Lana: "The loneliness, the heartbreak, the sacrifice you'll face as a »

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