Spoiler alert: If you are reading my little blog before you’ve read Twist, it may ruin a few surprises. Also, if you have not yet read it, some of this won’t make sense. So, please read Twist before proceeding!
Hello again everyone! Last week, I talked about domestic violence, and the character Sal. Today, I’m going to be taking a slightly different angle, and will be blogging about how gender relationships are portrayed in Twist, as well as other media outlets.
All too often in films, comics, novels, and video games men’s relationships with women are two-dimensional. Here is a link to a video blogger who entertainingly, talks about the unhealthy way women are portrayed in the media. Below are some of the repeated absurd themes we all know too well.
- Men as the hero and as women the damsel in distress
- Women as the hyper sexualized sub character to be conquered
- Women as the evil seductress
Now, taking these three common tropes, let’s explore Adam Twist’s relationships with women. As I read Twist, I originally feared Dora would fall into the 1st category. However, I was greatly relieved when this wasn’t the case. While Dora is a woman in
trouble and Adam does help save her, she is not a helpless woman. She runs away from her home to escape Calley’s abuse. Even though her escape attempt lands her in another abusive relationship, she was not a woman who simply sat by and waited to be rescued. She took action to get out of her situation.
How about Sal? At first, readers may assume that Sal and Adam’s relationship is also an example of the first trope, but if you read a little further, the truth is revealed. Adam disapproves of how Sal’s husband treats her, yet he refuses to embrace the hero stereotype and step in gun’s blazing. Instead, in the end of the novel, Sal becomes her own hero.
Let’s talk about Kit, my favorite character. She is described as beautiful, young, and can kick anyone’s ass, although she is also a little crazy. I have seen far too many stories develop this character: a sexy, strong and independent women who the male protagonist chases after, and in the end, of course, she sees the error of her headstrong and cold ways and falls for the male hero. Thankfully, this is not the case with Kit.
“We could have fallen into the rustling grass and gotten naked and brought the two sad halves of ourselves together…But we didn’t. ‘Better get going.’ I(Adam) said.”
You’re so prepared for the cliche to play out, yet the relationship between Kit and Adam remains, mostly innocent. No conquest of the attractive, fierce heroine. In fact, the only one who tries to initiate any sexual relationship is Kit.
Finally, the last stereotype: women as evil seductresses. This character is so over played and unoriginal that I want to throw things every time it rears its ugly head. When was the last time you saw a male character wear a v-neck, excessively tight pants, and speak slow and seductively to get his way? Oh ya… NEVER! This seductress trope, which is applied almost exclusively to women, represents a very unhealthy attitude in society. It mirrors the false idea that a woman’s main attribute is her sexuality so she must use it to get what she wants. I was ecstatic to discover that no such woman existed in Twist.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg regarding women stereotypes in mass media, and only the tip of the gender relationships in Twist; however, that is all I have time for today. Thanks for reading, and I will see you again next week. Also, don’t be shy, comment here or on Myron’s Facebook page with suggestions or questions for next week.