I'd like to find out what other members think about the depiction of women in the WoT novels. Granted, Jordan has redressed the genders inequities present in a lot of classic fantasy by populating his story with a number of powerful, important and formidable female characters. In fact, the sexes seem to be equal in 'WoTland', although women do seem rather more domineering than in our world. Which brings me to the point of this topic. Anyone who has read the books will know instantly what I am referring - Nynaeve's constant irritability. Every woman in the books seems to be perpetually sniffing and cursing at the men around them and at each other. Those long chapters on Elayne and Nynaeve travelling together, constantly bickering, criticising each other's clothes - it just seems dreary to me after a while. Furthermore, it struck me that all women are certainly not like this. While it is true that both men and women like to deprecate the opposite sex in 'girl' or 'man' talk with members of the same sex, the women of WoT seem to have made it a national sport. I was particularly disgusted with Nynaeve's attitude towards Mat. Sure, he's a rogue, a flirt and a gambler, but he does what has to be done, even when he may prefer not to, down to saving Nynaeve herself on at least one occasion. Leaving that aside, how realistic is this depcition of women anyhow? It seems to me that women in our male-dominated world may need to put on a rather formidable air to achieve things, but would this be needed in a really equal society? Damn it, do women really crib and bicker and squabble and pull their braids all the time!!??