Just thinking about how, even though the main characters/couples are all men, mxtx gives some of the most intense and praiseworthy moments to the women in her novels:
Three separate times in mdzs do we see women stand up to a crowd of cultivators who do not respect them in order to protect Wei Wuxian, the most powerful cultivator of their time: Jiang Yanli at Phoenix Mountain, Mianmian at the conference to discuss wwx’s liberation of the labor camps, and Wen Qing in the aftermath of the Qiongqi Path ambush. A-Qing doing the same within the Grasses arc for Xiao Xingchen, then for the juniors as a ghost, both times against Xue Yang. Mianmian even chooses, in front of those high and mighty powerful men, to turn her back on them and follow her own path, marking their status and power as tainted. And how many of the people in that room got to live as long and fulfilling a life as hers after that?
In svsss, you can’t tell me shit about how Ning Yingying, who Shen Qingqiu noted they had all pampered but not really taught to fight, stood up to both the Little Palace Mistress and Luo Binghe, and it is with her words that we end out Shen Qingqiu’s first life (before he comes back in the plant body).
And in tgcf? Banyue sacrificing all of her people for greater peace but still allowing the resentment-filled corpses of her former companions to hang her every day to give them some appeasement in hopes they will eventually be able to move on. Ling Wen being the one who keeps all of heaven functioning practically alone and being the mastermind behind the creation of the brocade immortal, giving her the martial powers she lacked on top of her civil ones and making her an irreplaceable asset. Yushi Huang—a 16th princess that nobody in her family took notice of—taking the throne, after her siblings had struck down their father, so that she could slit her own throat in front of the enemy when nobody else would in order to assure her kingdom’s survival, then immediately ascending into one of the most powerful, irreplaceable gods in the book, known for always protecting her people (god I love her).
Some of these women have more screen time, so to speak, than others, but all of these events are integral parts of the books they are in, given specifically to female characters. And I just really love that no matter how much or little time the narrative spends on these characters, their presences are always impactful.