Jane has some big news and Kat claps back in this week’s The Bold Type
After the condom splits during sex, Jane has to take the morning after pill. This leads to her hearing from her OB/GYN that, because of the gene that means she is more likely to get cancer, she needs to start thinking about having children. This freaks Jane out and, as a woman in her early twenties, I don’t blame her. If someone told me that I either had to have a kid in the next two years or start freezing my eggs, then I would be more than a little all over the place.
The way that The Bold Type has sensitively dealt with Jane’s potential to be very ill has amazed me. When the storyline first came up in season one, it made me uncomfortable. But I think that is because it is meant to. People dying at a young age is uncomfortable, but it can’t be ignored. As scary as getting tested for gene mutations and making family plans can be, it can save your life. It is important that people know this. If even one more person gets tested for the BRCA gene than would have other wise, then this storyline is worth my discomfort. The same goes if it has helped people understand the very real fear and pain that their friends and family may be going through.
Kat, on the other hand, isn’t battling with her biology, but rather her ideology. Cleo returns to our screens with a product placement proposal for Kat. On the face of it the company seems to be incredibly inclusive, but it is then revealed that the CEO funds hate groups. This leads Kat to strike back, and makes Cleo look like an idiot for not looking further into the company.
The morals of this storyline are twofold. First, there is the reminder to always look into the products you are buying. If there is ever an opportunity to buy more ethically, when within your price range, then it would be good to try to do so. But it is also the responsibility of journalists and people promoting products to be ethical in their promotion. In a world so inundated with consumer products and advertising, these things can be very difficult. But it is nice, from time to time, to have a reminder that ethical and inclusive companies can be found.
The second moral is the danger of signing your image away without researching who you are signing it too. Increasingly, people seem to be forgetting that social media is a public platform, and that they can be held accountable for their actions on it. Being aware of the business deals you are involved in has always been important, but it is even more important now that so much more business is done for the whole world to see. This visibility isn’t always a bad thing, but it does mean that people need to be vigilant and wise in deciding who they work with. Though again this is subject to people’s economic situation.
Overall, this storyline is about doing your research. There are so many products to choose from that it easy to get lost in the maelstrom. But the story shows that sometimes it is best to take a step back, evaluate your options, and not get taken in by generous offers or flashy advertising.
Finally, Sutton was left in charge of the fashion department this episode while Oliver was in Paris. This leads to her saying that she can knock ten percent off the fashion budget, something Oliver is very unhappy about. But she manages to make everything run smoothly and look stunning for the next issue.
I have said before that Sutton is the main character who I relate to the least. But now that she isn’t spending her whole time mooning over Richard, her story is getting so much more interesting. I love seeing how she uses her practical know how to make something amazing on a small budget.
Almost all of the storylines on The Bold Type centre around women. Many of them are intersectional, dealing with what it means to be a queer woman or a woman of colour. But there hasn’t yet been a huge amount on the intersections of gender and class. I hope that we get to see and learn more about Sutton’s past and about how it has affected her. I also hope that there will be episodes on Jane and Kat facing the privileges that they have had by being from economically stable families.
As always, I enjoyed this episode, and, as always, I am looking forward to next week. But what I am looking forward to most is the development of Jacqueline and Cleo’s relationship. Will it end explosively and cause negative repercussions for one or both of them? Or will The Bold Type continue to surprise me and have the two of them come to understand, and maybe even like, each other.
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