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why do you hate it? Tell me so I can start hating it too! :-D
the first season was pretty rapey iirc. i cant recall specific moments because i watched it when it aired and that’s too long ago for me, but i know i didn’t like it then. but HA i do remember when everyone wanted to bang tate even tho he was a gross rapist ghost guy who murdered a bunch of kids in a school shooting. so.
‘asylum’ is about a lesbian who is wrongly institutionalized and then kidnapped and raped (by the same man who murdered her girlfriend in addition to other women), and when her attempt at a self-induced abortion doesn’t work out for her, she has to give birth to a child she does not want. AND THEN she has to hold and feed that child despite explicitly saying she doesn’t want to.
that moment last season where sister jude is talking to whoever and says that “i’ll always win against the patriarchal male” makes me cringe every single time i see it because it’s such bullshit, and i know i’ve said that a few times now but it makes me so, so mad to see people reblogging it and being like “hell yeah awesome feminism yeah!!!!” sister jude is a pawn for the patriarchy until she is stripped of her power, where she’s then left to wallow in her own misery/self-pity until she is this committed to the very place where she abused her power (and people!) and then finally she is saved. by a dude. but she’s never quite the same, duh.
i did kind of love sister mary eunice while she was possessed by the devil tho.
i like ahs’ shtick; its entire premise is uprooted and reworked with the same actors season by season. i think that’s pretty cool. if you google for ‘ahs feminism’ you will find some folks who think it is a feminist friendly show but i disagree. it’s about “strong” women being victimized and overcoming it. i don’t really think there’s anything terribly wrong with that sort of story, but i don’t think it’s a fresh or original idea.
i mean, i’m a big fat horror fan and i know that the genre does not always treat its women well. however, despite that, i think horror is a woman’s genre in that it’s.. hm. this is hard to articulate. i think it’s a genre that offers more roles for women, roles where women are able to fight back and succeed. and i guess in a way ahs is doing what i like about horror on a different scale, but to me, somehow, it’s doing it wrong. maybe it’s because it victimizes its female characters under the guise of empowerment? women are constantly abused on the show, and i think it’s often very condescending and often makes a mockery of it more than anything.
in short AHS is ableist as fuck and anti-women and tbf i’d expect nothing less from the creators of glee