Stalking a white girl can lead to… her wanting to date you?
If you thought the media got bored of emphasizing and re-emphasizing the far-fetched stereotype of white women being promiscuous, well you were wrong. If you have been desensitized by this topic, which most likely could be the case, but are still interested, watch “Antarctica”, the first episode of “Atypical”. Although the show focuses on Sam, an autistic senior boy in high school, it doesn’t fail to reinforce the norm of white females being easy and getting charmed by , as a matter of fact, any random guy.
Sam has been recently contemplating what it would be like for him to have a date and why not a girlfriend. While he is working at an electronics store, with the help of his friend and coworker Zahid, he realizes that one of the female customers is checking him out. Nervous and scared, he goes up to her and manages to get a date with her. Later that day , Sam and his date(whose name is not mentioned) enjoy a dinner in the electronics store parking lot. The topic of sex comes up in their conversation because Sam randomly mentions that he has never had sex. She then makes a comment that many would take as a joke , “You’ve never had sex? Want to?”. No, it’s not a joke…The scene cuts off and the next thing you know, Sam and his date are in her bedroom ready to make love. This wrongfully suggests the idea the women are supposed to have sex on the first date, and not only that, it is one of their roles in a relationship, which is a very bad value young females should not be exposed to. They two end up not doing anything because Sam has an aggressive reaction towards her, due to his autism. This encounter also leads men viewers to expect that this is the standard first date, and that women have to go that far on the first date, which is inaccurate.
Well, one thing led to another…they just talked…nothing more than that, right? Elsa,Sam’s mom, feels like she needs a break from everything. Stress has accumulated, her autistic son wants to start dating, and she feels a little overwhelmed by this so she decides to attend a dance class. After the class is over she is invited to go to a bar with the other ladies to relax and have a good time. She then meets this handsome ,younger bartender and has a long conversation with him, and escalates to her subtly hitting on him. After Nick — the bartender — jokingly says she’s mean, Elsa responds :”Yeah , I’m always mean to people I like”. This situation enforces the norm that white women are so easily charmed by random guys, as long as they are good looking. At this point, we can give her the benefit of the doubt, because she hasn’t done anything out of the ordinary. But there’s more…The viewers find out in the following episodes that Elsa has an affair with Nick. Although she knows what she does is wrong, it takes her some time to put an end to it. This whole situation gives white women a bad name. It leads to men believing that women are so desperate that they will fall in their arms in a heartbeat, no questions asked.
The crème de la créme: Casey. She is Sam’s little sister and a sophomore in high school. Recently she had an encounter at school where she defended a girl who was getting bullied. Later that day, the girl comes to her house with her brother,Evan, to bring Casey a cake. Evan tries to have a conversation with Casey, inferring that he might like her, but she completely rejects him. Evan who is a persistent guy, shows up the next day, uninvited, at her door and waits outside in the dark for her to return. Most people would find that creepy and stalkerish, but not Casey. He brings her a Snickers bar and thanks her for standing up to the bully. And that is all it took to charm Casey. She later invites him into her house, and in the following episode she proceeds to kiss him spontaneously. This ridiculous situation suggests young, male viewers, that it takes no effort to charm a woman. Building a relationship doesn’t require much and men can buy off women’s trust and love with kind words and a chocolate bar , which is absolutely a bad value and message that neither gender should adopt for a successful relationship.
Romantic interactions are a major topic in this episode, and the show in general. White women and the way they interact with men are poorly represented. The misrepresentation affects two groups of people. On one hand, male viewers will perceive white women as being promiscuous and that it doesn’t take much to charm them. On the other hand, young white females will learn bad values in regards to their role in a relationship, which leads to low self esteem and respect. Both ideas are unfortunately inaccurate in relation to the real world, and the show does more harm than good, thus it should be consumed exclusively as a piece of entertainment.