Dr. Temperance Brennan: I’ve never gotten a B and I never will.
Special Agent Seeley Booth: That’s my girl.

Temperence BrennanBy far, the character of Dr. Temperence Brennan is quite a step forward for female characters and Danger Gals everywhere for several reasons:

(1) Brennan doesn’t need a man for anything. If she can power a cell phone with the horn of her car (“Aliens in a Spaceship“), then I’m sure she can open a jar without manly muscles or change a flat tire.

(2) She’s highly intelligent and never hides the fact to make others feel better about themselves, something many girls and women do to make the men in their lives feel more intelligent.

(3) The show subverts the typical emotions=female and logic=male by attributing intuition to Booth and logic to Bones. In this show, Brennan is an atheist and Booth is the good Catholic boy who believes in God.

(4) Physically, Brennan can defend herself within reasonable expectations. Also, she continues to use her intelligence to not get herself into physical situations where she must be rescued.

Emily Deschanel who portrays Bones in the series has compared Brennan to a cracked egg:

“She’s very flawed in odd ways, but there’s something admirable, I think, in her attempt to move forward and put herself back together, like Humpty Dumpty.”

I don’t know that I’d call Brennan flawed so much as just someone who missed out on cultural and generational touchpoints. First she missed out on life due to being in the foster care system and then she missed out on other touchpoints by being more involved in academics than socializing.

Brennan is constantly learning, constantly observing. She may not know how to stereotypically act “like a girl’ — and SBG over at The Hathor Legacy has pointed out that trying to act like a stereotypical “girl” doesn’t get Brennan anywhere — but she has healthy interactions with other people. Her brain has only made her more endearing to those friends and lovers in her life. Certainly her intelligence hasn’t intimidated Booth, although they share issues of primacy in their respective areas of expertise.

Carly at Empowerment4Women points out about Brennan and the show:

A show about a woman doctor (Dr. Temperance Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel) whose main priority is her career but who also has a heart and a connection to her friends and family. But guess what? She doesn’t have children and doesn’t want any children. And she still, somehow, isn’t made out to be some sort of heartless villain. And did I mention that her boss (Tamara Taylor as Dr. Camille Saroyan) isn’t interested in spreading her gene pool either?

I suspect that if the series runs long enough the writers will bring up this issue again simply for the mileage they can get from Brennan’s childhood. However, even should Brennan decide to procreate at some point, it won’t be about completing herself as a woman or about being valuable to society because of her reproductive ability. It will be a choice Brennan makes, a path she decides to take for her life.

[Just for my bud Leslie]


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Danger Gal Friday will resume this Friday, so please stay tuned. Life stuff just got in the way last week for me. Also, I’ll soon be posting on my reaction to the Battlestar Galactica season finale this past Sunday.

In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves about the strange hexagonal shape hovering over Saturn right now.


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Dr. Joan Bushwell over at Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge has graciously nominated me for a Thinking Blogger Award.

Thinking Blogger AwardThe goal of the meme is to point out blogs that provide informative and interesting content.

The rules of the meme are simple, to quote the Thinking Blog website:

  1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
  2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
  3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to your post

So, here goes it. Five Blogs That Make Me Think:


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“No.” He wrapped a curl around his finger. “This is exactly how I want you.”

Emma PeelMy critique partner Leslie Dicken’s new book has been released and is available online at Triskelion Publishing. Check out the plot summary:

A Reserved Lord. After the death of his wife and father, the Earl of Markham has spent the last five years fiercely guarding his emotions from involvement, including getting too close to his son. Then a blackmail threat shatters his impassive world. To ensure his son’s inheritance, Markham must woo and marry a headstrong commoner with a heart as wild and free as the English countryside she loves. Though wrong for him in every way, he discovers seducing her awakens more than just his colorless world. Soon, the battle to protect his son’s future becomes a fight for his own heart.

A Spirited Commoner. After a tragedy destroyed Lizzie Parker’s dreams, she wants no part of venturing far from home. She is content with her life of her garden, her village, and possibly, her father’s curate. Sent from her ideal world to London and the glittering Season, Lizzie does whatever possible to vex the man who once broke her heart. But she never expects his kisses to tame her resistance. And each time his touch arouses her senses, she is less and less sure of just where she belongs.

Want a little taste before buying it? Read an excerpt over at Leslie’s web site.


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