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Downton Abbey is soft on homosexuality

February 11, 2013

Spoiler alert. As I predicted last week, Lord Grantham’s wife and daughters will continue to love him, but they will not acknowledge his headship or submit to him. Lady Grantham has thrown in with her daughters to support the sons-in-law’s new plans for the estate. Eventually Lord Grantham does realize that they still love him, even though they will not obey him, and life goes on.

Having disposed of male headship, the series now attacks the topic of homosexuality. After an extremely convoluted plot, the issue is resolved by citing the gospel, “whoever is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” [I should clarify here that the show came as close as possible to presenting and accepting view of homosexuality, and still appear historically accurate.]

Lady Edith takes on a women’s column, and impresses her editor by making her first article about the young men who were injured in the war. Her editor flirts with her, and it turns out that he is married – his wife is in an asylum and he is not legally able to divorce her since she is not of sound mind.

I predict that the series will take on the thorny issue of divorce in the Church of England, and at some future date, abortion will also get some showtime. In the meantime, baby Sibby is being raised by her dad, and a houseful of doting aunties and grandma; and Mary and Matthew are busting a gut, so to speak, trying to make babies themselves. On a lighter note, to reward those who abandoned the superbowl last week, much of the last hour was devoted to the cricket match.

Note: All this stuff is not worth commenting on for most viewers. But I have noticed that the headship community has taken a liking to this series, and I am hoping that they will be open to the message preached clear and loud that headship is dead, along with many other nasty and oppressive beliefs.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2013 2:49 am

    I really enjoyed tonight’s episode.

    I’m glad that O’Brien’s plan to get Thomas dismissed backfired, but after all, there is no honor among thieves, since she is the one who caused Lady Grantham to miscarry. Perhaps Lord Grantham, Mr. Bates, Mr. Carson, and Ms. Hughes’ coming to Thomas’ rescue will help him to become a better person. But, there is a saying, “you knew I was a snake when you took me in!”

    Next week is the finale of Season 3, and I hope we don’t have to wait long for Season 4.

  2. Suzanne McCarthy permalink*
    February 11, 2013 2:52 am

    Thomas was always unpleasant, but in this episode there seems to be some sympathy for him. However, to keep things complicated, it will likely backfire.

  3. Suzanne McCarthy permalink*
    February 12, 2013 10:33 am

    Actually I don’t like the title I gave to this post. However, it is worth noting that this show has got quite a following among complementarians, in spite of the liberal and anti oppression messages written into the plot. That is what I am trying to emphasize.

    There is support for women’s suffrage, the Irish, the servant class, prostitutes, homosexuals and so on. Oh, and don’t forget the Americans. Funny portrayal. Is that what people like so much about this show?

    I really like the warm and positive feminism, women who stand up for their own rights, but love their men, and understand the suffering of men in wartime. Edith is becoming a very strong and positive character, after being a bit feeble in the first year of the show.

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