The Skyler White Effect
The cognitive dissonance that happens when a female character is presented by the narrative as absolutely correct in their judgment of a male character, and yet the viewers assume she’s the bitch.
I always wondered if this is because at the beginning of the show she’s presented as kind of a harpy: the nagging, irritable wife who emasculates her husband, thus explaining why Walter became “addicted” to crime as it gave him back the power he lacked in his civilian existence. I get that, but the impression on the viewers persisted long after Walter transformed into Heisenberg and Skylar became his victim. It was a mistake to paint her that way, even if it made sense story-wise. One would hope that moving forward writers stop leaning on women in this fashion, because it’s a lazy trope that limits what you can do with those female characters as the story develops.
(However, can we agree that Betty Draper is a bitch? Like, I felt sorry for her at first because Don treated her like crap but all she’s done since her divorce from him and remarriage to Henry is
take out her frustrations on emotionally abuse her kids and it’s just maddening. Why? Because we need to like Don more? We should like him because he’s a complex character with a good and a bad side, not because you created a scapegoat to contrast him against. Sigh.)
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