immediately after their sexual encounter. Her behavior is often
portrayed as irrational like the women before and after her in the
series, such as the time she gets rids of all the furniture in Louie’s
apartment without consulting him first or the way she continually
expresses childish disgust at talking about her feelings. Louie never
knows what Pamela wants, viewers never know what Pamela
wants, and though she is brutally honest and seems to be an open
book in some ways, she is often unpredictable and almost
irritatingly contradictory.
The “indecisive woman” stereotype also borrows from the
notion that women irrationally base their decisions on their
emotions, which causes men to believe that they are incapable of
making coherent decisions and are, therefore, impossible to figure
out. This commonly-held opinion was actually debunked,
however, in a book titled How Women Decide:
…[the author] uses studies, statistics and
interviews to highlight that women are, in fact, just
as competent in making decisions as men.
Furthermore, it’s not that women are particularly
indecisive research shows men actually struggle
with making decisions as often as women. But
negative stereotypes about their decision-making
abilities make women more anxious about making
important ones. Couple this with the narrow
tightrope women often walk: We’re expected to be
collaborative and share credit, yet when we do,
we’re penalized for being too dependent on others’
opinions. (Tulshyan).
Pamela’s general uncertainty when paired with Louie’s visible
frustration over it helps to uphold the negative stereotype despite
the evidence presented above. The indecisive woman trope, in
connection with the irrational/overly emotional woman trope,
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