When Shonda Rhimes says she’s going out with a bang, she’s going out with a bang, and that includes changing the stigma on how the world views women in power. Scandal has always shown the power of women and it’s not holding back now.
Mellie Grant is not only the first female president, but she’s the first SINGLE female president. The job isn’t easy for anyone. The complaints that she has — starting to lose herself, wanting some time to just be Mellie — are the same complaints every president before her has had. However, the mere fact that she’s a woman would throw that out of proportion. People would spread that women can’t do the job, etc. Same old bullshit you see everywhere.
To top it off, she’s single. In her words that makes her a human chastity belt. Why? Because men have a complex where a woman in authority — especially the leader of the free world — is suddenly a turn off. They have this macho pride that needs to be soothed, and that can’t happen if the woman they’re with is the boss. Because she’s in a position of power. She doesn’t need him. She can take care of herself. She’s Miss Independent. This, for whatever bazarre reason, is a bad thing to some/most men.
Of course not everyone is like this — there are plenty of people left on this planet that thrive to be with a powerful woman. Honestly, if she wants you for you and not your money or whatever else, that’s a good thing. She’s saying “I could choose anyone I want, but I want you”. That should be the biggest ego stroke, but men and their teeny tiny brains can’t comprehend.
So naturally, Mellie wants to scratch an itch because she’s still a human, and sex is a fundamental need. After painting a very colorful picture of her dried up lady bits for Olivia, she goes on saying she can’t order a vibrator because she can’t have a credit card — is this a thing? Presidents don’t have credit cards? — her reasoning is totally valid.
A strong independent woman has needs and she wants to meet those needs. How does she do it without the media totally tearing her to shreds? Being a woman means getting the short end of the stick and being labeled a plethora of not-so-nice words while doing an act that men would be celebrated for. It’s wrong, it needs to change. Thank you, Shonda Rhimes from not shying away from this topic. Women have needs. Get used to it.
Aside from this, the episode was focused on getting a peace treaty and how the two presidents dealt with the matter. Which brought up mansplaining, as the president of Bashran tried to tell Madam President what she really wanted. Seriously, why do men think women don’t know what they want? Would this president have said the same thing to Fitz? Doubtful.
Speaking of, Fitz is back. He showed up at Liv’s apartment while she was getting ready to get her freak on and the scene faded out. Dun, dun, dun. Major kudos to Tony Goldwyn who directed this number before popping back in and leaving us all speechless.
Find out where Fitz has been next week on an all new Scandal.