It isn't hard to tell the good men from the bad men in a Stieg Larsson novel. If they are good, they are respectful in the way they treat, speak to, and think about women. The bad men use the words "bitch," "whore," and "slut" constantly in their speech and thoughts, and are likely rapists, woman beaters, woman killers, or all of the above. At best, they see women as inferior to men and try to thwart their progress in all aspects of life. The main female characters in The Girl Who Played With Fire (and the other Salander-Blomkvist novels) are strong, tough, smart, and capable of doing just a about any job well, from journalist to police investigator. And don't worry about trying to find the bad women, because there really aren't any. Likewise, there aren't any male victims. In these novels, Larsson explores ways in which women are victimized: by sadistic men; by the justice, social welfare, and mental health systems; by the media which sometimes allows, covers-up, and even encourages these crimes against women.