by Amelia Herman
This post comes from 500 different places. The bike in the next room; the yoga mat beside it. The kitchen sink at Ms. D’s place two years ago. The bathtub. The sofa. The passenger’s seat. Under the covers night and night and night again, and some mornings as I recover from what is “all in my head”.
Those are just a few immediate examples.
Today, I find myself missing a fairly new friend. We hung out over the course of a week and I quickly got to know her very well, into the grungiest corners of her mind. And that was two weeks ago. Today I miss hanging out with my fictional friend…
Here are 9 ways (*spoiler alert*) Jessica Jones is doing work that complements the work rad feminists and feminist organizations like SACHA have been doing for decades:
1. Jessica Jones listens
Creations like the Jessica Jones series (though really, there are truly few creations quite like this one) are not the product of a lucky guess. The original comic on which the series is based, “Alias” was not pulled from thin air with a random idea its creators had. The scripts and production and actors behinds the characters of Jessica Jones didn’t merely take a guess at what these experiences might be like for those who go through them.
The collection the ideas and concepts and information that make Jessica Jones powerful and awesome in the truest sense of the term is the product of people who listened.
They listened to women; they engaged with material about survivor’s experiences; they kept current with applicable modern feminist values. They heard those stores because they took the time to listen to them.
Throughout the series, we see Jessica’s best friend, Trish, hear Jessica out and listen to her needs. We see what happens for Hope, one of Jessica’s abuser’s other victims, when Jessica offers to listen. Jessica later listens to Trish. Malcom listens to Jessica. There are lots of moments of real people given other real people opportunities to share their experiences.
Which is what makes the next point possible:
2. Jessica Jones validates
How do we know that Jessica Jones isn’t what some might dismiss as a “crazy b*tch”? I mean, it might seem a bit foggy for some. Flashbacks, isolation, erratic behaviours.
Crazy? Nope. Traumatized? Yes. Continue reading