"you are not allowed to die"
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This has 6K notes because it’s the moment. It’s The Moment. It’s what we’ve been waiting for for nine-odd years beautifully summed up in one single sentence.
I’ve been a little quiet over the hiatus, because frankly I haven’t had time to do much of anything, and in my very, very little spare time have been watching new-to-me shows on Netflix.And one thing it’s done is make me appreciate how the writers and producers on Bones depict their female characters and the actresses who portray them.By that I mean, I really appreciate that the women aren’t constantly objectified by prancing around in their underwear for no reason other than to attract male viewers.One of the shows I watched recently really disappointed me in that respect. I hesitate to name it, because it is so beloved here on Tumblr and social media in general. In what felt like nearly every episode, its lead female was shown in her underwear or skimpy lingerie, very deliberately to attract certain audience members’ gaze, and it had nothing to do with a plot point (e.g. being in bed or seducing someone or whatever). The woman in question was undoubtedly in great shape, but after episode after episode of showing her “getting dressed” in the morning, in slow motion, it wore pretty thin. We get it, she’s hot — there are other ways to depict that. She is a strong woman who literally kicks ass every episode, but that message is kind of undermined when such scenes turn into a wet t-shirt contest. (Seriously — she was hosed down in one.)It’s not that I don’t believe women should own their sexuality or want to feel sexy. That is absolutely great, and I’m all for it. I just dislike when it is so blatantly objectified like that as a ratings grab — because you best believe that on said show, none of the guys are ever similarly undressed. In fact, I could probably count on one had the number of times all the men combined were ever shirtless.So I like that Bones has rarely resorted to that, if ever. I can only think of a handful of times in nine seasons where we’ve ever seen any of the women stripped down to their underwear, and it was for a plot reason (e.g. They were in bed with their significant others, or, you know, in Daisy’s case, distracting armed militias). I mean, if anything, it’s been the men who have been more “objectified” because we’ve seen them shirtless way more often than we’ve seen any of the women in their underwear. Not that objectfication is more acceptable in men, but it’s generally less exploitative, at least on this show. Yet, it is no less obvious that the women are strong, confident, alluring people, regardless of what they wear.I may not have time to watch or talk about Bones like I used to (sad), but I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder, or at least reinforces what it is you really love.So, thanks, Show.