Grey’s Anatomy – Autopsy of Female Characters

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?

Comments

  1. scarlett says

    I’ve only seen up to the first half dozen eps of season two, and I’ve got mixed feelings about it.

    Grey starts of a fairly strong character. She doesn’t use her connection to her mother – a brilliant, ground-breaking doctor – or her relationship with the resident to get ahead; in fact, when her doctor bf gives her choice operations, she turns them down for that reason. But when the doctor’s secret wife shows up, she goes all mopey, wanting him to choose her, crying about his defection. They fumble around with a lame will-he-or-won’t-he-cheat story. If that were me, it wouldn’t matter how I’d felt about him previously. I wouldn’t be open to even the idea of a relationship until he’d legally left his wife. But no, she mopes. And wants him back. Echhh.

    And there’s on ep which really shits me, where she admits a possible fuck-up TO THE PATIENT’S WIFE. I would have undesrtood if she’d felt guilty and fessed up to the ward chief, or the surgeon in charge of the operation, or the head nurse. But the PATIENT’S HUSBAND?Lawsuit, anyone? I mean, how stupid can you get?

    The head nurse is ballsy and takes no prisoners, but she does a brilliant job of keeping the team together behind the scenes while making it look calm to the patients. But from what I’ve seen of the spoilers, as soon as she has a kid, her credibility is shot to hell. I’d like to see more of Lynette from Desperate Housewifes; watch me multi-task.

  2. scarlett says

    As far as informing the religious man of his wife’s secret tubal ligation… that’s something I brought up in a future post (currently timestamped) although in reverse, a woman getting the operation reversed without her husband’s knowledge. I realise this is a bit OT, but I think it make sfor an interesting discussion, about the rights of both partners to be at least informed about changes in the current procreation/birth control methods.

  3. sbg says

    The only reason she didn’t is because it would have rendered her choiceless. His belief that it was a no-no would have removed her freedom to choose that route for herself.

    I’m not sure I agree with the sneaking around myself, but a doctor’s obligation is to her patient, like it or not. The female doctor honored that; the male resident didn’t. I do wonder if his stance would have been the same had it been a man looking for a secret vasectomy.

  4. sbg says

    The head nurse is ballsy and takes no prisoners, but she does a brilliant job of keeping the team together behind the scenes while making it look calm to the patients. But from what I’ve seen of the spoilers, as soon as she has a kid, her credibility is shot to hell. I’d like to see more of Lynette from Desperate Housewifes; watch me multi-task.

    Her credibility looked fine to me…it was how others treat her that was the problem, IMO. And I think she’s a doctor. ;)

  5. Prosfilaes says

    It wouldn’t have rendered her choiceless. She had the freedom to honestly tell her husband that she was having a tubal ligation, and deal with the consequences. To act secretly in something like this is the act of a powerless person; to act openly would let her take some power in the relationship.

    She was asking the doctor to make false medical records, which is outside the normal obligation of a doctor.

  6. scarlett says

    That’s the point I was making, that the husband at least had the right to know she wasn’t going to have any more children. Look at it in reverse; if both partners had agreed not to have children and one went back on that agreement, that would be deceitful and unethical, yes? I don’t see much difference between that and one partner going back on an agreement TO have children.

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