Sexism on TV

Harry has been rewatching The Flash. I rewatched the whole series this fall too. Something popped out at me today that I didn’t connect in previous viewings.

There is a sexist hypocrisy playing out in the first two seasons. Allow me to explain.

In season one, Detective Joe West finds out that his daughter is dating his partner and he is not happy about it. He talks about how worrying about his daughter’s relationship is going to get in the way of his reactions during dangerous situations in the line of duty.

In season two he has a new, female partner. When he finds out that she is dating his son he’s fine with it. No trouble at all.

Hypocrisy: Partner dating daughter = bad. Partner dating son = good.

Think about it, won’t you.

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