wedge: Was he a feminist (his choice for the female roles somehow an example of women's liberation from the masculinist society...however...) or he merely exposed the shortcomings of the weaker sex?
Naw, he was a pervert.
He chose women because he loved to victimize and exploit them, on the set and on film, and because they're so open to exploitation and exploration. His contempt for people, particularly actors male and female, is legendary.
How'd that story go? Something like this: "it has been brought to my attention that I was reported to say 'actors are cattle.' Nothing could be further from the truth. What I really said was that actors should be treated like cattle..."