While I strive to be fair-minded and rational in all areas of my life, I will admit that I do have a litmus test for judging men. I am profoundly suspicious of men who dislike Katharine Hepburn.
My grandfather nurtured a passionate dislike for Hepburn and refused to see any of her movies. When asked why, he said she was arrogant and that her manner grated on him.
My Deeply Sexist Ex-boyfriend was just as passionate in his dislike for Hepburn. He used to mock her "arrogance" too, especially upon the release of her autobiography, entitled "Me." He would trill, "Meeeeeeeeee! It's all about Meeeeeeeeeee!" He would follow up this mockery with a charming comment like, "I can't stand that bitch." I was always puzzled and disturbed by his feelings on the matter because I couldn't see that Hepburn was any more self-centered than any other major celebrity.
I can't help but see this dislike for Hepburn, particularly in its intensity, as a rejection of her persona as an independent, outspoken woman. That's what Hepburn is famous for -- her persona as a woman who does and says what she wants without pandering to men. In short, I believe to this day that my grandfather and ex-boyfriend hated her because she was too "uppity."
Early on in my relationship with my husband, I insisted on renting a Hepburn movie just so I could judge his reaction. If he had refused or said anything derogatory about her, our relationship would have been over immediately.