TOO ADD TO THAT: Agreed, agreed, agreed. BenLeslie just gives me all the emotions and I love them to death, but the double standards we have on both sides of the argument bother me. Would I have been angry if Leslie had been fired or had resigned? Hell yes—I would have burst into tears quite possibly. Am I happy Ben resigned and took the fall for Leslie? Is that even a question that needs to be asked? (Answer: no. No it isn’t.) The point is (because I’m super tired and slightly delusional) that if Leslie had resigned or been fired, I still don’t believe that that would have stopped her from pursuing her career and I would have rooted for her if that was the choice she made (my opinion on her ever resigning below). She has every right to decide what to ‘give up’ or ‘sacrifice’ for Ben. To stress, just like Ben, she has a choice which she can make, and if she ever chose to resign that wouldn’t mean anti-feminism is in play. To me, equality and the definition of feminism is the opportunity to have as much as a choice or chance as another.
So I loved this last episode. It was filled with immense heart, and nothing makes me happier than Ben and Leslie. These are a few comments about the effects of Ben and Leslie’s genders— how being female or male on this show affects our viewing of it.
On a side note, it would have been horribly out of character for Leslie to choose to resign (as the latest episode proves). It was far more likely for Leslie to have been fired. Leslie fights for what she wants always. The only way I could see her resigning voluntarily would be if it would save the jobs of her entire department or bodily harm was threatened—in other words, if she was forced to resign. That would open up a completely different can of worms.
On a side side note:
HOW I FELT ABOUT THE EPISODE.