Unfortunately, as is the case with pretty much all media that came out between the late '30s and early '60s, misogyny is rampant. The stories contain plenty of women, but they always fall into one of a few given archetypes:
- The dizzy dame: She may or may not have important information, but one this is clear; she has zero awareness of her own significance. Her dimness is often inversely proportional to her usefulness and number of spoken likes of dialogue.
- The femme fatal: She wants one thing and one thing only; our hero, dead. She has her own ambitions, and they often involve one or more rich, manipulated men at the business end of her revolver.
- The princess: She's rich, she's powerful, and she thinks she can tell our hero what to do. It's the job of the intrepid PI to prove her wrong, most likely by forcibly kissing her as she attempts to fight him off before succumbing to his roguish charms.
- The victim: Inevitably, a woman finds herself kidnapped/ stalked/ otherwise pursued by an ex boyfriend/ overprotective father/ nightclub owner. She comes to our hero in her hour of need, desperate to find a man who will rescue her from problems a woman couldn't possibly solve on her own.