Maybe I’m on a little bit of a feminist trip. I kinda feels like that when I read the past few reviews. I know why too. I hate injustice. I hate that people have to work harder than other people because of things over which they have little to no control. The fact that my wife, or Serafina Kernberger, ALGORITHM’s Production Manager, or my sister-in-law who is a photo blogger, the fact that any of them have to work harder just because they’re women, that pisses me off.
So I pay attention when I see a show like “Scandal” on ABC. “Scandal” is about a woman who is kinda like a lawyer, kinda like a paladin. She’s a holy warrior taking on what seem to be lost causes. She fights with her mind like Mohammad Ali fought with his fists, or SEAL Team Six fights with their training and high-tech weapons.
We live in a world of inequality and I find that unacceptable.
While I was in San Francisco, during ALGORITHM’s production, Serafina told me about inequality, about how life as a woman is harder for her simply because she’s a woman. I was skeptical. It certainly didn’t look that way from my perspective. I didn’t feel like I looked down on women or that I treated women different from men, except that I’m sexually attracted to one specific woman.
My universe is created from the perspective of an existentialist. That means I start constructing reality from the only solid point I have, my self. From that, I build the rest of the world, choosing how to perceive it, deciding what constitutes reality and what is simply an anomaly or merely perspective rather than Truth.
From that existentialist stance I responded to Serafina that if we simply don’t acknowledge the inequality that it will cease to exist because any inequality we see is an inequality we project onto the world.
But, the hard truth is, not everyone is an ethicist, or an existentialist. Most people don’t even have to construct the world. They simply accept the world with with they are presented. In order to change most people it requires propaganda; it requires a deliberate reeducation, a reevaluating of values until they align with the kind of future we want.
We should not live in a world where the strong can prey upon the weak. We shouldn’t live in a world where the strongest or richest people get to say what truth is and how we ought to live our lives. That kind of life is scandalous and totally unacceptable. It requires a scandal to change it. “Scandal” is the propaganda we need. It’s another in a slow line that’s forcing us to look at ourselves and say, “This is now how it’s supposed to be. We can be better.”
No aspect of “Scandal” is extraordinary except the fact that it was created by a woman, about a woman in the midst of the struggles that are common to women while in the midst of what many consider a man’s world.
The fact that the subject matter in “Scandal” is scandalous is proof that the show should remain. TV shows that force us to reexamine ourselves and make changes need to keep coming on until those changes are made, until showing women in positions of power isn’t scandalous anymore.