Just to sum up what happened to women that weren't
feudal Japan this week, and the lessons we can learn from them.Claire
was ignored and mistreated by her 'boyfriend', who it turns out is not
actually working for the Company, but is in fact that much of an asshole. (Stalking is not romantic: the last boy she kissed tried to rape and then killed her. You'd have thought this would have some effect). She's apologising for him (West, and Noah, FTM). She's apologising to
him after he crosses every line she draws. More importantly, it feels like we're supposed to feel sympathetic for her guilt, and not angry at the men who are refusing to listen to her.
And now she's been restored in the plot as a damsel and a prize for the boys to fight over. Women cannot be given the choice of what to do with their own bodies.Niki
, who was reduced at the end of the last season to a prize to grant Peter powers, has now been depowered because she has been told over and over again that she's too mentally weak to be trusted with them.
This was annoying in X3, when it was Rogue's destructive
power she was giving up. but then it was only annoying when presented alongside the hideous Phoenix storyline and Storm's impotence as supposed 'leader'. I quite like the idea of powers not being a good thing for everyone, and I'd like to see the storyline of people feeling conflicted over their power when it's a nominatively 'positive' power (Rogue's killing touch is a bit too unambiguous) . But not like this. Not backtracking all the progress she'd made by the season 1 finale.Women do not have the mental strength to handle physical strength and power unless they have a man to support them. Caitlin
's romance with Peter is now explained - she had to be put in a refrigerator. Right
. I can forgive Molly
's use as a damsel, because she's a very cute one.Women make great motivators to get men to do things.Angela
may be awesome, but only when she's helping the True Hero find himself. See also: Sandra
.Women are at their best when they're mothers.Monica
wasn't in it. And there was no direct reference to her except as a plot device for Mohinder. And as she doesn't yet have a story of her own, it seems we won't see her until it's time to revisit Micah.Chromatic women don't matter
was also not in it.Yaaaaaaay!
The trouble is, I really
enjoyed the episode. Damn my Takezo-love.