antithesis of logic. When women are too emotional,
we say they are being irrational. Crazy. Wrong.
Women hear it all the time from men. ‘You’re
overreacting,’ we tell them. ‘Don’t worry about it
so much, you’re over-thinking it.’ ‘Don’t be so
sensitive.’ ‘Don’t be crazy.’ It’s a form of
gaslighting telling women that their feelings are
just wrong, that they don’t have the right to feel the
way that they do. Minimizing somebody else’s
feelings is a way of controlling them. If they no
longer trust their own feelings and instincts, they
come to rely on someone else to tell them how
they’re supposed to feel. (O’Malley)
We saw this in the episode with Laurie, when her irrational
behavior leads Louie to write her off as “crazy,” and we see it again
with Liz, whose partially-incoherent behavior leads the viewer to
believe she is just another “irrational woman” in the series. A final,
also damaging, generalization portrayed throughout the show is
notion that women are indecisive, which is an idea most clearly
inhabited by the character Pamela (Pamela Adlon).
Viewers are introduced to Pamela during the first season
as the hilariously blunt, single mom whom Louie ends up chasing
for the entirety of the series. Viewers constantly root for Louie, as
they watch his hopeless but genuine attempts to tell her how he
feels matched by how rarely she reciprocates in the way that he
desires. Even when they are “dating,” at least by certain standards,
she refuses to give their relationship a label or to talk about any
romantic feelings. Her actions often say the opposite; in one
episode, she kisses Louie under the stars on their first real date,
and in another, Louie allows her to put makeup on him then she
initiates a sexual role reversal. The latter example, however, takes
a classically confusing turn when Paula breaks up with Louie
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