monster because he doesn’t believe other men are all sexist
monsters.
Rachel: I’m not saying that you’re a sexist monster.
I just think it’s weird that your first instinct
is to act like I’m crazy, defend Brad
Honeycutt, instead of just believing me.
[Later in the conversation]
Rachel: What I’m saying they’re a lot of little subtle
things that happen to me, and all women,
even in our little progressive world. And
when somebody, especially my boyfriend,
tells me I’m wrong without having any way
of knowing my personal experience, it’s
insulting.
The scene ends with Rachel screaming, “I win” and running away,
in a comedic moment. Yet again, what could have been a moment
that had lasting impact on the audience is brushed off as a flippant
conversation never to be discussed or thought of again.
Technically, he loses the argument (and ultimately he will not end
up with Rachel either). So the lessons she may have taught him
about feminism and standing up for women can essentially be
written off as moot. He can continue to exist as a privileged male
without having learned anything. Yet again, the show addresses the
dominant ideology, attempts to subvert it, and then continues to
propagate that ideology by squashing the touching moment
between Dev and Rachel and reducing what would be a
monumental conversation in any relationship down to a fight
during which the couple chase after each other in a cute, comedic
way as if a big fight never even happened and differences can be
glossed over rather than resolved.
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