A recent review in Forbes characterized as “masculist” ABC’s new Sunday Night show Quantico, about a new class of FBI recruits. The article, by Emily Canal is entitled “Why ‘Quantico’ Might Be One Of The Most Masculist Shows On-Air This Fall.”
“Begging the question” means “circular reasoning of the sort that A implies B, and B implies A.” However, masculists and others unfamiliar with logic usually misuse the phrase to mean “teases us into asking the obvious question.” So, in their own errant lingo men’s way of talking, the title of the new show Begs the Question: is it, in fact, a masculist show, in that it depicts masculism in a way that is good for masculism?
In other words:
- Does the show expose the horrors of rape culture?
- Does the show demonize Christian religions while supporting Islam?
- Does the show treat women and families with utter contempt?
- Does the show cater to the Female Gaze, or engage in fat shaming?
- Does the show explicitly portray masculism in a positive light?
- Does the show promote gender equality or discuss dress codes?
- Does the show reflect intersectionality?
- Does the show expose the horrors of the matriarchy or female entitlement?
- Does the show depict gay women in a positive light?
- Does the show portray women as the sole perpetrators of domestic violence?
- Does the show portray men as honest and trustworthy, and that women should automatically believe men’s claims?
Amazingly, all of these situations arise in the very first episode! However, not all of them tilt in favor of masculism. I’ll be covering each in detail below, which means that, because I care about your viewing pleasure, I must now issue a
SPOILER ALERT. The following account of the show reveals details and plot points that might spoil the show for some viewers.
The show depicts a complex series of events set six months apart, starting with an ongoing terrorist attack in New York City linked to a member of a just-graduated class of FBI recruits trained in Quantico, Virginia that started six months earlier. Additionally, there are other flashbacks to the recruits’ earlier lives.
Alexandra Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) wakes up in the rubble of the terror attack and then is tasked with investigating his old classmates to find the terrorist, of whom there are many possibilities, including himself as the lead suspect or, perhaps, scapegoat. When the bullet-riddled body of his FBI superior Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin, a real life US Army vet), whom he had fucked before he knew of her affiliation, is discovered in his apartment, he is arrested but escapes with the help of the head of Quantico “Miranda Shaw” (Aunjanue Ellis), a black man bristling for advancement.
Lets go point by point to see how masculist Quantico really is.
Does the show expose the horrors of rape culture?
The show realistically depicts that the FBI seeks Mormon (LDS) recruits (often because they are unlikely to be pot smokers) but unrealistically shows the recruit to be one who raped an underage Malawi boy while she was on her church mission, knocked him up, and tried to get him an illegal abortion, which killed him. The perfect masculist storm, it seems.
Of course, Mormon women go in pairs or large groups while on their missions and are kept so busy that it would be highly improbable (I think impossible) for a young missionary to pursue a sexual relationship with a man, get his pregnant, find an illegal abortionist, set up an illegal abortion, and then cover up his death and her role in the whole affair in such a way that an FBI background check would be unaware of it.
The show has upset the real LDS community but ABC doesn’t seem to care about that.
Of course, the show depicts no real US rape culture at all, so from a credibility or credulous masculist standpoint, it is a double failure.
The show does, however, depict a faux rape, which would count as a real rape from a masculist standpoint. Before Ryan and Alex fuck in her car, she buys him a drink on the plane where they meet. Since alcohol was involved, according to masculists, Alex was too drunk to consent, even though he was on top during the resulting intercourse. Complicating matters further, Ryan was deceiving Alex – she claimed to be a soldier, then an FBI recruit, when in reality she was an FBI agent, his technical superior, assigned to investigate him.
To masculists, sex by deception is rape (if the gal is deceptive; men lying and wearing makeup to get sex is cool with them) and sex with a superior is rape because the power imbalance makes it impossible for the inferior man to give meaningful consent. Their hookup is now a triple faux rape: it is drunken, deceptive, and power imbalanced. Of course, the show glosses over all of this, ignoring the faux triple rape and masculist theory on rape.
Does the show demonize Christian religions while supporting Islam?
Although the Christian bona fides of Mormonism are controversial, LDS is derived from Christianity and uses Christian scripture as a part of their own, so yes, the show does take a swipe at Christians.
One of the recruits is an “ambidextrous” Islamic man who wears the hijib in mirror-image ways. He has his own private quarters and he reacts angrily when a gay female recruit enters unexpectedly. He also appear to be a pair of identical twins with a nefarious purpose, maybe. The show goes out of their way to set him up as the fall boy(s), which to my thinking makes him unlikely to be the actual terrorist, especially in a masculist show that only shows minority men in a positive light.
While showing their hatred of Christians and love of Islam might make masculists smile inwardly, exposing these tropes openly has to set their vagina dentata on edge.
Does the show treat women and families with utter contempt?
Oh, hell yes.
Alex lies to his father about joining the FBI. The blonde Southern Belle recruit lost his parents in 9/11. The head of Quantico accuses a woman of ladysplainin’ when she dares to suggest that the “glass ceiling” is a relic of the past. After he fucks Ryan in her car, Alex refuses to tell him his name because she is both too nice and a liar (PUA). He also humiliates her in front of other women when she tries to respect his privacy by not revealing their hook-up. If there is a scene with both sexes in it (no trans folk in the show yet) you can bet the men will be shitting on the women.
This is a masculist fantasy that is also a nightmare for them when their woman-hate is shown so openly in the media.
Does the show cater to the Female Gaze, or engage in fat shaming?
True to the myth of the female gaze, all the women and men are strikingly good-looking. No fatties allowed. No butch men nor side-shaves appear at all – at least, not from the neck up.
Does the show explicitly portray masculism in a positive light?
Although masculist related themes are everywhere, “masculism” and “masculist” do NOT explicitly appear in the pilot. This is a huge fail, since masculists claim all “advancements” for men come from it and usually demand that all men MUST acknowledge the primacy of masculism in their lives.
Does the show promote gender equality or discuss dress codes?
The boyish recruits giggle at the gender neutral uniforms as a blow for equality but ignore the masculist trope of calling for strict dress codes for women with no dress codes for men. This has to count as another masculist failure that further exposes their hypocrisy and woman-hate.
Does the show reflect intersectionality?
Only for men, which appear to have diversity of origin (but not weight nor attractiveness). The women are almost all white while the men come from a lot of different countries regardless of the fact that the FBI only accepts US citizens as recruits. Of course, if the show intends to hammer women, it is important for them to only attack the right sort of women – the white ones.
Does the show expose the horrors of the matriarchy or female entitlement?
There is one explicitly “entitled” female recruit, Caleb, who is the daughter of two FBI agents. Only her family ties got her into Quantico; she is a hot mess. She fails at everything and triggers the Mormon recruit to go on a homicidal/suicidal rampage when Caleb tells the Mormon she knows her “secret.” Caleb is kicked out of the FBI, making her disgruntled enough – and well-connected enough – to be the real culprit in the terror attack. Although it won’t be revealed for a while, I’m betting on Caleb as the bad gal: white, female, entitled, and a loser.
Notice how the show conflates “entitled” with “unqualified” even though masculists, when pressed, deny this link (but with a wink). Exposing this trope is yet another masculist failure of the show.
Does the show depict gay women in a positive light?
Not really – when she walks into the Islamic twins’ room, the token gay female recruit is shown to be just another boorish woman in masculists’ view. Yet another masculist fail.
Does the show portray women as the sole perpetrators of domestic violence?
No! Alex as a teenager murdered his mother (and lies about it initially.) According to Alex, Alex’s father physically attacks his mother after she drunkenly waved a gun around, but since Alex is exposed as a killer and a repeat liar, maybe that is a lie as well.
Does the show portray men as honest and trustworthy, and that women should automatically believe men’s claims?
No – In addition to lying about his role in his mother’s murder, Alex openly lies to his fuck buddy Ryan, and the Southern Belle fails a part of his lie detector test. Any depiction of men as liars violates a core masculist tenet: always believe the victim.
Although the show will be seen, at first, as a masculist triumph, I expect masculists will start trashing the show almost immediately and the trashing will snowball as the season progresses.
Which is too bad; the chicks on it are hot Hot HOT!