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Because Gray's Anatomy is a series that all women should see
Because Gray's Anatomy is a series that all women should see

Gender equality, but also affirmation and respect: ten (excellent) reasons why Grey's Anatomy is a TV series that all women should see

Twelve years from the first broadcast and a total of thirteen seasons: albeit in many ways Grey's Anatomy is now more like a soap opera than a series, it certainly has an undeniable merit, that of being a manifesto of feminism and pride in being a woman that it would be good for everyone, absolutely everyone, to see.

Much of the credit certainly goes to its creator Shonda Rhimes, always one of the most convinced standard-bearers of feminism and equality, of gender and race, which find their perfect synthesis in the choice of female characters not only in Gray's Anatomy, but also in Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder: African American women, educated, intelligent, strong, shrewd and - above all - powerful.

However, it is in the most famous medical drama after E.R. Doctors on the front line that the female universe painted by Rhimes reaches its peak, convincing every woman that yes, equality is really possible.

In the gallery, ten reasons why Grey's Anatomy does it really well.

The feminism of Grey's Anatomy

The female protagonists of Grey's Anatomy hold (almost) all positions of power, regardless of their sexual orientation or their ethnicity: Bailey and Maggie are African American, Arizona is a lesbian, Callie is (or should I say was, given that - spoiler alert - her character is no longer part of the cast) bisexual, Meredith is a single mother, Amelia was a drug addict. There is no discrimination, there is no racism there is no favoritism: the universe created by Shonda Rhimes makes equality its core value.
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Like the unequal treatment to which men and women are subjected at work: in the legal battle for custody of Sofia, daughter of Callie and Arizona, the latter is judged unsuitable for custody due to the unpredictable hours that her position as boss - neonatal surgeon imposes them. During the court hearing, in front of the lawyer who points out how many times the doctor has rushed to the hospital due to emergencies, Bailey asks the age-old question "Would you point it out anyway, if you were a man?". Unfortunately, we all know the answer.
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Relationships between women, in Grey's Anatomy, are treated with a normality and delicacy that is rarely seen in a TV series: lesbian couples fall in love, quarrel, get married, adopt a child, divorce and start new stories without any sensationality. or clamor, making us hope for a world like this … in a word, better.
Gray's Anatomy does not stage a world where everything is pink and flowers, in which certain stereotypes have been overcome: adherence to reality is exemplified in Callie's family, reluctant to accept her daughter's declared bisexuality. In fact, ample space is dedicated to the difficult relationship between the doctor and her father in the series, demonstrating the fact that all too often sexual orientation is subject to discrimination, sometimes even by close relatives.
And Cristina Yang, one of the most lamented characters in the series, is the extreme synthesis: her desire to have her intellectual and working merits recognized is not what all of us, more than once, have wanted more than any other. What?
The theme of "working on oneself to become the best version of oneself" is very recurrent in Grey's Anatomy, and all the characters - without exception - are the living proof that this process never ends, just as the lessons do not end (and the blows) that life imparts. There are no gurus, there are no pulpits, there are no professors: everyone, at any age, falls, learns, gets up, aware of being stronger than before … and different from before.
And it is done without (un) falling into vulgar jokes, trite stereotypes or articulate explanations: if there is a B in the LGBTQ acronym, there is no reason in the world why it should not be represented.
Particularly in the case of Arizona, who loses her left leg in a plane crash, and Herman, who became blind following a brain tumor. The problems and challenges that these characters face every day are narrated through the various episodes of the series, and are treated without any filter, in all their crudeness and truth, to show the spectators - in addition to the sacrifices imposed by a physical disability - also its consequences on a psychological level.
Now, as in generations prior to ours, and Ellis Gray's speech - who apparently never has time to devote to the men who wanted to stop her from achieving her goals - should be a kind of mantra for all women, no matter what. age.
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Last, but not least, comes the issue of awareness of who we are and our worth, which must never be forgotten, even when we are in a relationship that tends to cloud us. Although sometimes, to remember, you need (more than) a couple of sips of tequila, in full Meredith style.

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