I like quirky shows. I do. And I wanted to like Glee. I even sort of liked the pilot last season. I didn’t love it, but I liked it well enough to commit to trying it in the fall. When it returned, I hated it. Oh, there are certain charming aspects, and of the three episodes I’ve watched since the fall premiere there have been moments that make me really want to like the show. But there’s something about it that just rubs me the wrong way. I finally figured out what it is: This is one of the most misogynistic shows on TV right now.
Every single female on the show is lying, scheming, manipulative or just downright evil. The only exception is Emma, who is crazy, instead. Females are treated pretty poorly on TV in general, but I can’t think of any other show where there is not at least one female who is presented in a more positive light. Even Dollhouse, which people love to accuse of misogyny, doesn’t present the whole female population as either crazy or manipulative.
Now, if the show presented everyone, male and female, in similar lights, that would be another story. But the males on the show are all innocent, good people. Every lying, scheming woman, is lying and scheming to a man. Not the other way around.
So while there are reasons to enjoy the show, I’m glad I’ve pinpointed the reason why I can’t. It’s a much more definitively answer to give to people who ask why I’m not watching than just, “Half the time, it makes me want to throw my TV out the window for some reason.”