The relationship that is irking me the most is the most recent: the out-of-the-blue sexual relationship between George and Izzie. While I was watching, I kept saying to myself, “This is so WRONG!” After I thought about it a little bit, I realized why this new conflict is bothering me so much- Izzie is represented as a more traditionally feminine woman while George is portrayed as a more feminine male. The combination of these two gender characterizations is against the gradient of what viewers expect from these genres of characters. Even to someone like myself who believes in eliminating the stereotypical notions of masculinity in our society, I feel a little uncomfortable with this new relationship.
Think about it: Izzie’s character is a formal model and serves as the physical representation of traditional beauty in American culture. She’s blonde, gorgeous, sweet, a little naïve, and she constantly bakes. Last season, she was engaged to a bruiting, strong, unshaven heart diseased patient who seemed to be the perfect counterpart to her character. Now she potentially has feelings for George who is portrayed as kind and sweet but also weak and feminine. I love George’s character- even though I think the writers sometimes portray George’s sensitivity in a negative way, but I am not comfortable with this new development. How sad is that?
I wanted to start a discussion about all of this. What do you think about this new development? How do you think George’s masculinity will affect the outcome of the relationships he’s involved in? How is it that even someone like me can be taken aback by this new pair?-Liz Harmon