Being a dad is probably the most stressful job in the world (along with being a mom). Especially when you have a young daughter. You want to protect her and prepare her for a world that at times can be harsh and cruel. It’s not always easy to find role models you feel comfortable sharing with them, which is why I’m so grateful when a show comes along like Marvel Agent Carter that inspires and teaches my little girl that women are capable of anything!
Last season, we were watching Marvel Agent Carter together like we do every week, in fact we were a few days behind (thank God for DVR). And in the show, Agent Peggy Carter is again having to put up with the sexism of the time, women being seen as less than competent based solely on their gender. As usual, Carter comes back with her trademark wit and wisdom and Emma says to me, “I like how she stands up for herself. That’s why I like this show.”
Curious to know more, I asked, “What do you mean, honey?”
And she said, “Well I like this show because it’s not about superheroes. She’s a regular person, but she knows how to stand up for herself.”
Emma summed up the premise of the show in just a couple short sentences.
Peggy Carter happens to be attractive, but the show does a great job of not relying on her beauty to prove her capability. She is simply smarter, wiser, and more insightful than the rest (as well as packing a mean punch). What’s more, she shows integrity. Agent Carter is able to outsmart not only her opponents but her co-workers because they underestimate her abilities and capabilities. She doesn’t act weak, she doesn’t pretend to be helpless, she doesn’t buy into the preconceptions of women of the time. She is a woman of a day gone by, but is a role model for young girls today.
As a father of a daughter, I’ve got to say there aren’t enough shows like Marvel Agent Carter on television. There aren’t enough shows that feature a strong, confident woman who knows how to handle herself in a world that underestimates her because of her gender. On top of that, it’s a smart show, an intriguing show, and an action-adventure show that features a woman as its central hero.
If we’re going to let our kids watch TV, this is the kind of show we need to plop our daughters and sons in front of and help them see what it means to not have yourself defined by the expectations of others.
Tune in to Marvel Agent Carter on Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.More On