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Observation about the Golden Girls

I was just watching part of an episode where Blanche's teacher tells her he won't give her the 'A' she needs unless he gets to sleep with her. The theme of the episode was "sexual harassment is wrong" (which it is), but the topic was addressed in a way that gives a lot of ammo to people who are skeptical of rape/sexual harassment claims. Blanche is clearly flirting with the instructor and using some pretty suggestive language (replying, "Oh, you're *so much* more than that!" when he tells her he's all ears). Then toward the end of the scene she turns does a 180 and happily plays the victim. Does anyone remember the episode I'm referring to? It actually made me realize that most of the time, Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose had the tendency to deliberately put themselves in distress, only to complain about situations that were technically of their own doing. The show is usually lauded for its portrayal of middle aged women, but in a way it almost seems like the writers were subtly denigrating women.


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