questionably but end up working out, like her asking Louie to try
on a glittery dress at a vintage shop. And then, there are moments
of shocking confusion about Liz’s behavior. At the beginning of
the date, she tries to order drinks at a bar, but the bartender refuses
to serve her “after what happened last time.” Liz storms off then
lies about it to Louie. Afterward, she tries to convince Louie that
her name is “Tape Recorder” and carries the pretense on for so
long that he believes her. And later, Liz convinces Louie to climb
numerous flights of stairs to get to a rooftop and when he stops
halfway to catch his breath, she hits him and angrily screams at him
to keep going. There are some really profound moments in these
two episodes with Liz: for example, she is perched dangerously on
the edge of the rooftop but reassures Louie that she’s not nervous
because she has no desire to jump, while stating that the reason the
scenario makes Louie nervous is because a small part of him does.
So, while some of what Liz says makes a lot of sense, the other
unanswered mysteries tend to leave viewers feeling unsettled.
Liz embodies the “irrational woman” stereotype that is
based on the notion that women are far more emotional than men.
Though rational thought is widely believed to be superior to
emotion, research has shown otherwise; “not only do people not
make better decisions when they aren't emotionally engaged,
without emotions, people cannot make decisions at all. Thus,
emotions are fundamental to effective action” (Baddeley). Still, the
idea that women are more emotional than men, and thus more
irrational, is a universal one both within our society and those
portrayed in media, and it can be viewed as a form of control in
our patriarchal world. An article in The Washington Post clarifies this
notion:
‘Crazy’ is such a convenient word for men,
perpetuating our sense of superiority. Men are
logical; women are emotional. Emotion is the
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