Killjoys Breaking through the Double Standard

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Despite the fact that it’s 2016 and gender equality in front of and behind our television screens is getting better and better, there’s still a very big double standard that exists when it comes to male versus female characters on television. Similar to real life, when a male character has several different sexual partners he’s often patted on the back (way to go bro! stud!), but when a female character displays similar type behavior she’s criticized, perceived as damaged or looked down upon (slut!). While change can be slow, thankfully there are shows like Killjoys out there who are not only breaking, but completely shattering these antiquated double standards.While Season 2 of Killjoys has certainly been the Year of the Woman, focusing on several different female characters during its sophomore run thus far, make no mistake about it, this is Dutch’s show. Some fans have commented that earlier episodes this season seemed to be pushing Dutch aside and she wasn’t as central as last year, but that’s certainly changed over recent weeks. Hannah John-Kamen has grown nicely into her role this season and completely owns the character in every single facet. Showrunner Michelle Lovretta has said she wanted Dutch to have more fun and be more playful this year–given how young John-Kamen actually is–and we definitely have seen that youthfulness shine through in fun undercover ops or when the actress showed off her singing chops.But perhaps one of the (many) great things Killjoys has done with Dutch this season is show that a woman is fully capable of having many different types of relationships. Killjoys is a diverse show, not just with its cast, but also in the wide variety of character traits and relationships it portrays. Just as they do in real life, people on Killjoys are not confined to having just one type of relationship or one type of romance and that’s extremely evident with Dutch in Season 2. While she may have connected with D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) in Season 1 over shared experiences, we’re now seeing her connect with Alvis (Morgan Kelly) in a different, but equally important manner. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img

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