Is <i>The Vampire Diaries</i> Sexist?
|Written by April Yorke|
|Friday, 18 December 2009 07:45|
Since I finally pinpointed the episode where Diaries got good, I probably didn't need to keep watching the CW's week long marathon last night, but I did anyway. "Haunted" and "162 Candles" are great episodes: excellent character development, lots of action, a few surprises. Highlights:
Good stuff, man.
Unfortunately, these are all the two episodes that made me worry that Diaries might end up in the same sexist vein as Dawson's Creek. Years ago, I watched Dawson. Then it became a time conflict with Ed, so I chose Ed. Years after that, I started watching Dawson again in reruns on TBS, and I stuck it out just long enough to figure out what bothered me about the show: the female characters existed only in relation to the male characters. They rarely got plotlines in their own right, and even those could generally be traced back to a male. Consider Jack and Andie, who each dated one of the four main characters: Jack and Joey's break up lead to a front burner story about being gay. Andie and Pacey's break up lead to Andie getting written off the show.
So now that two female vampires have appeared, been cool enough that we wanted to see them stick around, and gotten staked within an episode, I'm on Diaries sexism watch. So far it's just a coincidence, but if a female character dies suddenly or stupidly or falls victim to character assassination, it will the Kevin Williamson rule in full force.
I have been watching Dawson's Creek again and, although I never noticed the first time round, I am astounded by the sheer sexism that is abound in the show. In a nutshell, all the straight male characters revolve around Joey. The virginal, sweet girl next door. In comparison, Jen - the experienced, more well-rounded, interesting female character, experiences a drove of bad luck, all men inevitably lose interest in her... And then in the last episode - she dies. What lessons did that teach young women?
Damn, your instincts were right
Three years before the end of the third season of the show and it looks like your instincts were right.
|Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2009 00:48|