I’m on my period. I’m entitled to a few moments.
This rant session is about:
STRONG WOMEN IN POPULAR TELEVISION BEING PORTRAYED AS SCARED OF CHILDREN.
Case in point: I was watching Castle after DWTS last night, and it was all about how Beckett and Castle had fostered a baby while they tried to find his parents.
AND THEY MADE HER SO AWKWARD WITH THAT GODDAMN BABY. AND IT DROVE HOME A POINT: The men who write these shows seem to think that in order for a woman to be strong, she has to be manly. And what’ one of the biggest male stereotypes? They’re bad with children/emotions/’connecting’.
So what do we see? Women who are apparently incapable of even holding a baby correctly, because ha fucking ha.
I’m 19 fucking years old, I’ve spent negligible time around babies, and even I know how to hold one of those puke monsters.
So please, dear mainstream media, STOP PORTRAYING STRONG WOMEN AS BEING INCAPABLE OF BEING NURTURING, CARING INDIVIDUALS.
Erm, one point here. That episode (610 The Good, the Bad, and the Baby) was written by Terri Edda Miller, a woman, and she has written great episodes of the show.
Also, one question for you: Is this the first time you’ve watched the show? Then you don’t know Beckett’s background at all, why she was portrayed as such in that particular episode. For me, it’s kind of an underlying fear that she isn’t going to be as great mother as Castle is a great father to Alexis. She’s fine with toddlers and kids, as seen earlier in the series (episodes 109 and 308) but would she be great with babies? That’s what she was thinking of. I think there’s also fear about her mum not being there to help her with all of this.
As for the male stereotype, as I’ve said, Castle is a great father to Alexis. Beckett actually couldn’t believe that he’s “Mr Mom” (her words), before, when she hears him talking about Alexis. You should’ve seen how devastated he was when Alexis was kidnapped.
Beckett IS a strong woman, badass at times, but even she has flaws. And that’s what makes a great character. No one is perfect.
I know you’re on your period and allowed to rant but you should also see what the background of the character is, why she is like that, why she acted like that. And if this is indeed the first time you’ve watched, you shouldn’t judge a character, especially Kate Beckett, by just watching one episode.
Sorry to call you out on this but, as a huge fan of the show, I just want to say what I think of it. Also, awkward Beckett is cute and adorable especially we always see her as a straitlaced cop. :)