Why Does Pop Culture Want Women To Be Unfaithful?
December 2, 2011 18 Comments
Highly-thought-of TV dramas The Walking Dead and Homeland both feature, as a major component of their storyline, this:
A guy, due to some strange circumstances, is thought to be dead.
His wife starts sleeping with his best friend.
Then he comes back.
At first, he doesn’t know, as she hides it from him.
I tried to think of a third example so that I can call this a TV trend, but I couldn’t. Clearly I don’t watch enough TV. However it does seem to be part of a larger pop culture trend I have noticed before – essentially, the sorts of people who write for these things want to see women characters be unfaithful, and so they contrive fiction scenarios (such as ‘well I thought he was dead’) so as to let them do so and still retain audience likability.
I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest that, say, the entire zombie plot of Walking Dead was made-up so as to generate a plot circumstance allowing for this sort of oblivious guy thought to be dead/wife/best friend love triangle. It’s not like, ‘Ok what circumstance can we create so that we can see her cheat on him, but she’ll still be O.K. in the viewer’s/reader’s mind. Wait, I’ve got it. She thinks he’s dead, and needs someone elses to lean on, because she’s under duress. But why is she under duress? And how could she ‘think he is dead’, he either gets buried or not? I know, maybe the world is going to hell for some reason. But what reason? Hey I’ve got it: ZOMBIES. Zombies everywhere.
No, that was probably not the thought procoss. Consciously, anyway. Probably not. But it does make you wonder.