I’m still working on part two of “Whores, Sluts and Studs” but I just had to take a few moments to address something that’s been bothering me in the recent Walking Dead episodes.
There has been much chatter on the net about the death of Dale the moral compass and what it means for the group. These are just a few of the issues that fans are debating: Rick’s inconsistencies and his ability to lead. Who is defecting to camp Shane, and why? Is there a basic human right to suicide? Is murder justified in protecting others? How is growing up in an apocalyptic world effecting Carl’s development? There is one issue however that stands out to me that hasn’t been addressed at all.
In 18 Miles Out, Laurie accuses Andrea of not pulling her weight. She outright declares that Andrea is out “working on her tan” when she should be inside the house taking care of the chores like the other women and that the men can handle Zombie Watch without her help.
I have to clarify first of all that I am not a huge Andrea fan. I can’t really put my finger on it. I just don’t like her. I do however argue her right to join the men in protecting the camp. It’s hard for me to swallow that even in an apocalyptic event women are delegated to the kitchen. Andrea is a bit of a flake, I won’t argue that, but she has proven herself skilled in the use of a gun. If that is where her talent lies why should she be expected to ignore it for the more “acceptable” role of “homemaker”?
Shouldn’t ALL the women be trained and ready to protect and defend? If Andrea is called to serve in this manner and she’s SKILLED at it why should she be wasting that skill washing Rick’s socks? Isn’t there ANYBODY else out there who has an opinion about this scene? Did anyone but me even NOTICE it?
As for Dale, well, once he fixed the RV and they arrived at the farm, what was he good for?
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