Popular Post ChipBach December 15, 2015 Popular Post Share December 15, 2015 (edited) Precisely. "Bad girls"--women who are physically and possibly sexually abused and try to find their own way out, women who love other women, women with ambition, women who don't want to be wives and mothers, women who claim that women can be anything, women who refuse to stay home while the men do the dirty work--are punished. Good girls are rewarded with happy, if fleeting, bliss. She isn't any less for making that choice, but she isn't any better, either. The problem is that the story clearly frames the domestic, maternal Betsy as better, the sort who knows her place in the world--wife and mother and that's it--and doesn't have airs above her "station" the way Peggy, Simone, Floyd and Constance do. That's pretty fucked up. Yes - the bad people died, good prevails. I don't find that fucked up. Betsy demonstrated many times she could protect herself and objected to anyone else doing so. She also was key in terms of understanding the crime better than the two policemen. At no time did Lou demonstrate he was embarrassed by the fact that Betsy was sharper than he and her dad. I think Lou struggled the entire season with trying to be empathetic to Betsy's situation/sickness without being condescending. Peggy is just mentally unbalanced. Schizophrenia? I don;t know what her classic diagnosis would be, however leaving Rye in the windshield and preparing the hamburger helper was pretty telling that she is out of touch with reality. Ed was simply an enabler for her. She should have been encouraged to seek help. Ed was just as delusional (until his last act) ignoring some pretty strong behavioral issues. Again, 1979, when mental disease was something people were ashamed to face. Simone and Floyd were criminals and shared the same fate of almost all the male criminals. I am sure Simone grew up in an abusive childhood. But so did Dodd. Was he a victim too? Probably. Constance was really a predator. If a man were to identify an attractive, demented/vulnerable/unhappy married young lady, put the two in a hotel room and planned to ply her with alcohol, that guy would be pretty villainous... So, in the spirit of equality, I find Constance's predatory ways got her killed. Edited December 15, 2015 by ChipBach 26 Link to comment
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