‘True Blood’ Trails 6: When Women Attack
By Anthony D’Alessandro
HollywoodNews.com: Not that the girls on “True Blood” deserve to punch back.
God knows their supernatural better halves have played with more than their minds.
However, did ya notice there was a lot of misandry going on in Sunday’s episode, “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues”?
Misandry is simply defined as the hatred women possess toward men and it’s the opposite of misogyny. Granted, there’s a lot of misogyny that pervades on “True Blood,” however the body count for men outweighed the ladies in “Blues.”
Psychologists point to countless reasons which spur misandrous behavior from a horrible father figure in a woman’s life (Bill Compton’s creator Lorena — see dialogue below) to poor self esteem (Lorena again), poor impulse control and social learning (Ibid). Vampires are innate practitioners of power and control: They bully due to low self esteem (Lorena!) and unresolved conflicts from an earlier life (Eric stumbled upon the murder of his Viking family). So depending on their sex, vampires are either misandrous or misogynistic.
We’ll go easy on Sookie and Tara’s physical abuse in the episode and chalk it up to their self defense. Taking revenge on the obsessive fanged suitor who tied her up and threatened to turn her into a vampire, Tara pulverizes Franklin Mott’s head with a medieval weapon – her hate exemplified by the gallons of blood on her hands. Let’s blame Tara’s action on society as her survival depends on fighting against those more monstrous and superior than her.
Same adage applies to when Sookie and Tara bong the hell out of a guard werewolf with steel bowls and vases in an effort to escape the King of Mississippi’s mansion (The whole sequence reminded me of a Three Stooges clip – with more cinema verite camera movements).
But then there’s the mysterious beaten appearance of Crystal Norris’ fiancé. What’s that all about? Obviously, she has some sort of supernatural gift but her fiancé appears to be a masochist; enjoying whatever Crystal is dishing out.
Which brings us to Lorena’s torture sequence of her protégé and lovelorn mate Bill Compton – a tet-a-tet that not only deconstructs the irony of vampirism, but how both are domestic violence offenders as defined above.
Bill accuses Lorena for turning her lovers into a “violent hateful thing like yourself. Destroying whatever you loved about him to begin with.” A vicious cycle.
Lorena: “You never enjoyed giving those humans, lying naked in their blood?…I forced you to do all that? Be a man and admit you liked it.” Bill does blame himself for his vicious actions, not Lorena. That’s not to say that Bill knows that Lorena is the culprit for his tyranny in life.
“Luring men into your maker’s clutches so he could defile their bodies as you watched,” adds Compton, “He made you in his mirror….He is the reason why a girl who once marveled in the beauty of all life, now delights in bringing pain and horror to every moment.”
“You never embraced our nature,” exclaims Lorena.
“Your nature was never mine,” retorts Bill.
I would disagree with Bill – he’s just as guilty as Lorena for taking part in draining victims. He may not have enjoyed it on a philosophical level, but it’s in his blood to commit such heinous acts. Bill differs in his sympathetic nature, which makes the audience root for him. He doesn’t take pleasure in preying on humans, rather he also buckles from peer pressure. If Bill ran the world, he would want to co-exist with humans, not dominate them.
I know, I know — it’s not reality, it’s a vampire show.
Under the guise of its vampire lore, “True Blood” gets away with the bi-polarity of its men and women. Not to mention, it creates juicy drama. However, like the perpetrators of domestic violence, certain “True Blood” characters have the same weak reasoning for the actions – but it’s all implied: ‘Even though I beat my lover, I still love them.’ In reality, a majority of the characters on “True Blood” would be thrown behind bars or into therapy.
But in all fairness, the character of Tara doesn’t hate men. She loved Eggs so much; she was willing to lose her soul a number of times.
Perhaps there should be a new Greek term to define the hatred which women have toward vampires?
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