I am still faithfully watching "Commander-in-Chief" starring Geena Davis as the President of the United States. I thought it was going to be a bit heavy-handed on the gender issues at the beginning of the series, but now it's just a drama about a President who happens to be a woman.
The first time I wrote about this show close to the beginning of the season, I said:
Davis tells the Senate Majority Leader that she is "not interested in power." Aaaaah! Why do women heroines always have to not be interested in power?
In the most recent episode, however, Davis resolves a nuclear stand-off with North Korea and then confides in her mother that it was a "rush" during those tense moments to be the most powerful person on the planet. That's what I want to hear! No more catering to the notion that women don't, or shouldn't, care about power! I am not saying that being power-hungry is a virtue. Not at all. But the false but notion that we don't care about money, or prestige, or power has historically been used as an excuse to keep women out of the game.
Of course, that one great TV moment was too good to be true. Immediately, her mother laughingly admonishes Davis not to let her husband know that she thought of herself as the most powerful person in the world. Because we all know that the man should always be more powerful than his wife. Sigh.