This was something born out of an upcoming post that just ran away from me, about the differences between how male and female characters are treated, and it lead me to thinking about giving this particular issue its own post. There will be another one in a day or two on broader issues.
If we believe the most popular narrative at the moment, then Eric is currently a sex slave. He’s signed off by Appius, he’s married against his will, when he didn’t want to. And someone centuries younger will force him to have sex. So let’s assume that that is all true, and then explore that.
Is this The Simpsons’ light-hearted sexual slavery storyline?
After all, if you’ve watched as much of this show as I have (which consisted of a 17 day long 24/7 marathon of the stuff during the Olympics on my cable service, which my joyous sons wanted to watch for all hours of the day and night, and then nightly for years up to five episodes) then you’ll know that in this episode, called The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons, that Apu didn’t want to get married, but here he is – saying yes to an arranged marriage – which he does out of a sense of obligation to his parents and the deals they made. Is the comical Homer in a Ganesh costume really meant to be distracting us from the terrible rape scene to come?
This is essentially the suggestion that is made – that Eric’s marriage to Freyda is indeed, 200 years of sexual slavery. Continue reading