Firstly, yes I am a self-confessed Gleek. I may be too old to watch glee, but hey, tell that to my 55-year-old father that watches it with me every week.
Glee in the past has dealt with some serious life issues. Sexuality, suicide, death, disability, teen pregnancy and OCD just to name a few. So it comes to no surprise that domestic abuse has become a topic of interest to explore and it was a bold and excellent choice to choose Coach Beiste as the choice of victim, as she is not one who you would expect. She’s big and tough and from the outside world’s perspective, it looks like she can take care of herself. However in reality she has very low sense of self-esteem and self-worth, which doesn’t help battered women.
It impressed me how much understanding this storyline gave to women in situations of domestic abuse. It looked at how hard it is for these women to walk away, despite how clear-cut the decision should be. The only thing missing from the exploration of domestic abuse was the failure to mention any other kinds of abuse other than physical violence. If anything physical violence is the one that most people realise that you definitely have to walk away from. It is also very noticeable to the outside world. There is only so long you are going to be able to hide it and deny it for. However domestic abuse can take many forms, in which are not as commonly talked about and as widely discussed. Types of abuse such as emotional abuse in domestic situations as well as psychological abuse. Whether abuse is physical, emotional or mental, abuse is aimed to control the victim. But what if the victim is controlled emotionally or mentally. Is it just as harmful?
Many psychologists would argue that yes, it is just as harmful if not more so, because emotional and psychological abuse alike physical abuse happen behind closed doors but unlike physical abuse, it is invisible to the outside world. All in all, a bold choice of story arc and a bold choice of topic, I just wish Glee took it that one bit further like it usually does with other issues it presents.
Any recent shows that you wish explored an issue better than they did?