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Movies That Are Spoiling Women

And why we love them so much

BY Joan Thatiah

Sep 03, 2021, 11:17 AM

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A warm buff body, a hot mug of chocolate, and good television sounds like a solid Friday night plan, right?

 Turns out that some of the movies and television series women are binging on may be hurting rather than helping. That television series you love could be reinforcing stereotypes which paint women like cute, cuddly beings to be handled with kids gloves or which show romantic relationships as the answer to all of life problems. Here is a list of shows you probably love but which you will be better off not watching.

Chicago Med

Chicago Med
We love television especially when it involves scalding, charming, rich guys. It’s no wonder the Kenyan woman can’t get enough of Chicago Med, an NBC medical drama now in its sixth season.

Other than the hot doctors, Chicago Med is punctuated with the adrenaline that comes with working in a hospital emergency room, passion, and sex. These things might be just what a woman needs on a Saturday night but there’s something else. Everyone in this show is perfect from the nurses to the surgeons.

They seem to have these crazy busy lives but their bodies, hair, and lives remain perfectly intact. In real life, our lives are from perfect and if you are struggling to balance work, school, and the home front, there will be days that all you have the energy for is applying Vaseline on your face.

No woman needs this kind of pressure. 

Maria

Maria
This local telenovela by Citizen Television has many women burning dinner because they do not want to miss anything. While the cast selection is great and their shooting locations even better, there is a big problem with the storyline.

Maria is written along that old telenovela storyline of a poor girl Maria, meeting and falling in love with a rich boy, Luwi. The show revolves around how the world tries to get in their way and eventually love wins because love is the only thing we need, right?

I wish! Love is not even nearly enough when we begin talking about the things the Kenyan woman needs. There are many things that love can’t fix like poor pay, insecurity, and double standards. All shows like these do is reinforce the belief that all a woman needs is a man and everything will be right in her world.

The Princess Switch

The Princess Switch
Pass outside any movie shop in Kenya and you will see a poster of a gorgeous woman in a tiara smiling broadly. That’s Stacy DeNovo a character in The Princess Switch who switched places with a real-life princess and ended up falling in love with her fiancé, a prince.

An American movie, The Princess Switch, preys on the idea that if a woman meets the right man, she will never have to cry or work a day in her life. What’s worse, is the movie writer’s assumption that men are oblivious and stupid.

Try playing switch-up games like Stacy and Princess Margaret play on the men in their lives and you will be the next woman writing motivation quotes on social media about how heartless men are and how women don’t need them.

Everything Everything

Everything Everything
At a glance, the American movie Everything Everything is a heartwarming story. A boy meets a girl who has been barricaded in a house because she has been made to believe that she will fall ill and die if she steps a foot out the door. Next, comes the lie that if you just love each other enough, everything in the world ceases to be a threat.

If you buy into this movie, you might fall into the trap of believing that the man who loves you will do anything to keep you or make you happy. Come out into the real world with this attitude life will laugh at you.

Most people in a relationship will do the bare minimum and even then, it will come with strings attached. We are all struggling with one thing or the other. No one has that much energy.

Station 19

Station 19
You will love ABC Drama Station 19 at first because it stars a strong female character. Alongside her father the Captain, Lieutenant Andy Herrera helps run station 19, the best fire station in Seattle, US.

As the show goes on, Andy seems to be sleeping with a lot of men she works with including the battalion chief. That’s not an issue, we will not judge who a woman decides to sleep with.

The problem is that her antics seem to be helping her get ahead in her career. Sleeping with your boss is an unwise strategy of trying to get up your career. One wrong move and you will end up watering down all the other efforts you’ve made to get there.

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