Wherever I Look Presents: Highlights of the Week (6/10 – 6/16)

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Featured in this post, you’ll find some of the top scenes from media covered on “Wherever I Look” during the week of June 10th to June 16th.


The Scenes

The Changing Dynamics Between Men and Women – Which Still Leave Women Uncomfortable: Sutton, Jacqueline – “Rose Colored Glasses.” The Bold Type

Jacqueline giving Sutton a pep talk about how to handle the working conditions of the modern age.
Jacqueline: And we cannot dim our light that makes us special.

In the scene, after Sutton has been dealing with Mitzi spreading rumors and now Oliver assigning her a task dealing with men, Sutton feels a bit slut-shamed. Well, perhaps slut-shamed is too powerful of a phrase. However, Sutton does feel like this reputation is not only making it seem she gets preferential treatment but it being used in a negative way. Particularly Oliver, in Sutton’s mind, taking advantage of Sutton’s sexuality and how she appeals to men.

All of which Jacqueline dispels. She notes that, with Sutton’s magnetic personality and worth ethic, that’s why she is getting these jobs and why she is good at her job. And while, yes, their industry is going through changes, she shouldn’t see how she is on a normal basis as something which should be dimmed for it brings so much to the table.

Commentary

As noted in the recap of episode 2: “Rose Colored Glasses” we live in a transition period. One which isn’t just uncomfortable for men who are being held accountable more than ever, but women as well. For while long aware of the dangerous situations men can create, there remains the fact you have to work with them. Yet, then there comes the issues Sutton deals with. One which makes it so she doesn’t want to invite unnecessary attention, nor live up to some reputation others perceive about her. Yet, being that her job requires the type of friendliness which can be misconstrued, she is stuck in this weird place.

And that scene is rather important for the conversation has been on men and how this affects them more than anything. However, as also noted in the recap, Claire, from The Good Doctor, presents another scenario which makes this new era difficult for women. For while now there is an increased possibility of justice and something being done, then follows the question of what speaking out can do to your career? Will it get you blackballed or make men uncomfortable around you, especially if they have a Sutton kind of personality?

These two narratives help provide a scope that changing the culture to something which works for all parties is going to take time and effort. For, as seen, it won’t just be the other gender you have to worry about but those you share one with. But, with proper communication and the pursuit of understanding, as seen when Sutton got Mitzi together, maybe we may one day have what currently seems like just an ideal world.

The Birds And The Bees: Blanca, Damon – “Access.” Pose

Blanca giving Damon a sex talk.
Blanca: The birds and the bees.

After spending most of the night out with new friend Ricky, Blanca sits down with Damon and gives the rarely heard in media, gay version, of The Birds and the Bees.

Commentary

Most media doesn’t feature a young gay person and older LGBT person having conversations like this. If anything, it is the younger gay person, like in Call Me By Your Name, learning about sex with someone who should be messing around with someone they age. So even if Blanca didn’t get into the nitty-gritty of bottoming or topping and kept it to being safe, following intuition, and things like that, I’m sure that’s more than many young gay boys hear. Especially in certain parts of the world.

A Sense of Realness: Stan, Angel – “Access.” Pose

Angel trying to figure out Stan who doesn't sexualize her and is quite complimentary.
Angel: I don’t understand.

With Stan talking about giving Angel so much, making her a taken care of mistress, so comes the question from her: Why? To which Stan replies that he is nothing and no one and Angel lives her life authentically. Something he admires for she does it despite how it makes her an outsider and yet she perseveres.

Commentary

Though we live in times where self-love and all that is promoted and exemplified, this is the late 80s. Social media doesn’t exist and the internet we know of doesn’t exist. It was still just something the government used in a form which wasn’t commercial at all. So you have to really take note of how big of a deal someone, outside of Angel’s community, validated her being a woman.

Mind you, this is without bottom surgery. So for Stan to really take note all Angel does to be as authentic as she can be, considering her economic status, you can see why her mouth was left open a little bit. And truly, even though the situation is messed up, for at best Angel can be a mistress, it is hard to not desire Angel and Stan to be together.

Though we also have to shout out Evan Peters who, after many years on a whirlwind with Ryan Murphy, has truly shown he makes an excellent love interest no matter who he is paired with or the situation. Also, you have to appreciate Indya Moore, who has limited acting experience, bringing to the table this vibe that she has been in the game a long time and you are just getting here. Really making me hope that, after this season, she gets more opportunities. Whether playing a trans woman or a woman without the prefix being involved.


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New Jersey native Amari Sali takes the approach of more so being a media advisor than a critic to sort of fill in the gap left between casual fans of media and those who review productions for a living. Thus being open about bias while still giving enough insight, often with spoilers, to present whether something is worth seeing, buying, renting, streaming, or checking out at all.