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I started watching a few episodes of Resident Alien. It's a silly show but what I found so frustrating was the depiction of BDSM and a comment about western beauty standards.

One of the couples is shown to start engaging in BDSM. Of course, the wife is tied up, gagged, etc. This is shown as cool, edgy, and empowering.

Another scene depicts a young girl (pre-teen and already wearing a hijab) critiquing the practice of shaving as a western patriarchal standard. However, this ignores patriarchy on a global scale. Western culture is not the only example of oppressive misogyny.

The writers of the show clearly think they are progressive and feminist (they address the pay gap in a very superficial way). It's so frustrating that even shows like this, that are supposed to be lighthearted and a form of true escapism, cater to the popularization and normalization of BDSM and shallow libfem analysis.

I started watching a few episodes of Resident Alien. It's a silly show but what I found so frustrating was the depiction of BDSM and a comment about western beauty standards. One of the couples is shown to start engaging in BDSM. Of course, the wife is tied up, gagged, etc. This is shown as cool, edgy, and empowering. Another scene depicts a young girl (pre-teen and already wearing a hijab) critiquing the practice of shaving as a western patriarchal standard. However, this ignores patriarchy on a global scale. Western culture is not the only example of oppressive misogyny. The writers of the show clearly think they are progressive and feminist (they address the pay gap in a very superficial way). It's so frustrating that even shows like this, that are supposed to be lighthearted and a form of true escapism, cater to the popularization and normalization of BDSM and shallow libfem analysis.

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