The Villainization of Claire Underwood
Abby Norman

Yes! My first reaction to that exchange was “Wow. Claire is cold as ice.” Then I took a step back and realized that it’s really the first question that is cold, presumptive, inappropriately personal and unbelievably judgmental. You just hear it all the time, so it isn’t as jarring. So then I thought “Good for Claire!” I find myself thinking that often as I watch the show. I root for her more than anyone. Her intelligence, ruthlessness, and ambition would all be heralded as admirable strengths in a man, and the lack of children would never even be mentioned. (I have children myself and love it, but would never say it’s the right path for every woman.) Murderous intentions aside, Claire is a heroine of mine in many ways. Not the least of which is that wardrobe.

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