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Is anyone else watching The Gilded Age on HBO? I'm surprised there is not a thread about it here since it features majority female characters and the barest minimum of wokeness.

I first got interested in it because I love historical costume drama, and it's unusual for it to be set in New York and that time period. But I came out at the end absolutely loving it. It definitely passes the Bechtel test but also I would argue goes beyond.

We have many female characters without having to stare how they are so female in a men's world. We just see it, and we see what their lives are and how they are so different, different values and priorities. And very few focus on marriage and love, although we see different perspectives of how marriage (or lack thereof) alters the course of women's lives. There is even an amazing portrayal of a healthy loving marriage that is almost non existent in media.

There are so many different types of female relationships, not just the basic cattiness or the new "yes girl" type.

I just wanted to see some discussion about this. Also I totally believe Aunt Agnes would be a TERF while Aunt Ada would be a handmaiden.

Is anyone else watching The Gilded Age on HBO? I'm surprised there is not a thread about it here since it features majority female characters and the barest minimum of wokeness. I first got interested in it because I love historical costume drama, and it's unusual for it to be set in New York and that time period. But I came out at the end absolutely loving it. It definitely passes the Bechtel test but also I would argue goes beyond. We have many female characters without having to stare how they are so female in a men's world. We just see it, and we see what their lives are and how they are so different, different values and priorities. And very few focus on marriage and love, although we see different perspectives of how marriage (or lack thereof) alters the course of women's lives. There is even an amazing portrayal of a healthy loving marriage that is almost non existent in media. There are so many different types of female relationships, not just the basic cattiness or the new "yes girl" type. I just wanted to see some discussion about this. Also I totally believe Aunt Agnes would be a TERF while Aunt Ada would be a handmaiden.

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[–] Calais 2 points Edited

The only thing I know about it is that they put a black character in a pretty dress and made it historically accurate, in a move to represent specifically African-American history. This alone makes it more interesting as a costume drama than most of what the BBC puts out.

I tried watching it when it first came out and stopped after 3 or 4 episodes. I didn't like the acting of the main character. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

I finished the first season and liked it despite her acting, but I agree, she's very flat.

Yeah i liked it. I'm not sure Ada would be a handmaiden. Only thing is i felt some of Bertha's costumes were really not appropriate for the time period. I get that she's supposed to be a trend setter, but it was a little heavy handed, especially later in the season.

Completely agree. I think I'm just letting my personal opinion of Cynthia Nixon (and her reprise of Miranda on the new SATC) color my slight dislike of Aunt Ada. They definitely Brighton-ified Bertha but it was a very good contrast to Aurora Fane's very rococo inspired outfits symbolizing her clinging to the old. But both of them still wear brighter colors showing how they are closer to each other than to the Van Rihjn household.

It could be... I donno. I could be partial because I also have a tender spot for childfree aunts since i am one.