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In her R. Kelly interview, Gayle King proves she's got nothing to prove

At the climax of "Captain Marvel," a man tries to control a situation by making it emotional. First he suggests that Carol Danvers' (Brie Larson) abilities are not her own, and then he tries to force her into a showdown by flying into an arm-flailing rage.

Danvers refuses to participate. She remains calm, stares at him for a minute, then shuts him down with the words "I don't have to prove myself to you."

For millions of women, it was a too-familiar scenario - a man initiates an emotional power play only to use a woman's emotions as proof of her instability - albeit with a super-empowered alternative ending (most of us have not absorbed the faster-than-light power of the Tesseract.)

Fortunately, a few days before the "Captain

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