In true fangirly fashion, I watched Grey’s Anatomy last night simply because I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan is hot and he was in it. And, even as a potentially dying patient, he proved yummy. However, the rest of the show is crap toward women, at least from this set of newbie eyes.
This is what I saw:
One woman was treated like a child because she’d just had a child (goodness knows that means she can’t do her job right anymore), even though by all appearances she was very competent. She was prohibited from even trying to get back to her regular schedule by the male chief of surgery.
One woman apparently sleeps with someone higher up in the food chain than her and fully expected him to treat her differently (preferentially) because of it.
One woman seemed to be in love with a married guy, and has a secret friendship with him; when she called him early in the morning and discovered he and his wife were trying to have sex, it made her latch on to the first guy who paid attention to her in some sort of retaliatory fit (unintentional or not, that’s how I saw it).
One woman is in love with her patient (Though I don’t really blame her. It’s JDM. ), and this is bad in the scope of hospital rules and all.
One woman really was in charge…but was undermined by male pride and ‘morality’ of a resident when she complied with the wishes of her female patient regarding said female patient’s own body. The male resident didn’t seem to believe it was a woman’s right to choose not to have any more children after birthing 7 of them (I’ll just say that my mother practically had a nervous breakdown round about child 6, so this poor woman’s plight struck a chord.), and that it was his duty to go against her wishes and inform the husband, a devout religious man, of his wife’s secret tubal ligation. He sure showed both women involved who really has the power, didn’t he?
The only thing I, in fact, liked about the show was JDM and I was predisposed to that.
I wonder if I had to be there from the beginning to think all these things pertaining to women were just a-okay, romantic and/or dramatically appealing?