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Playing Mass Effect as Femshep brings up a LOT of Babylon 5 memories, so I went off to find some meta on the series.
And then I found THIS.
This pisses me off SO MUCH. Susan’s forthcoming death wasn’t an expression of her agency, so Marcus doing what he did, while suicidal and inadvertently messed up on various levels, really shouldn’t be read this way IMO?
Let’s compare with Donna Noble — at the end of her journey with the Doctor she express her desire to die rather than forget. She’s a person with a terrible illness who is expressing her final wish. By rejecting her right to make that choice and have it respected, the Doctor does assert a kind of patriarchal authority and deny her agency.
There’s no such situation with Susan. She doesn’t express any particular desire to die over living and the method by which Marcus saves her life doesn’t reduce the quality of that life or her capacities in any way that he’s aware of (survivor’s guilt not being in the same league as a memory wipe… though if he knew her better and could see past his own psychological issues/suicidal ideation he’d realize it’s a rough spot to leave her in)
Also, I think literally giving everything of yourself until you die from it is a more feminine coded narrative? Selfish and messed up in many ways, but not in the way masculine coded narratives typically are selfish.
I think it’s possible to identify the problematic parts of the the scenario without painting it this way.
Anyone who wants to say that the execrable and IMO non-canon stuff portrayed in the “Space, Time, and the Incurable Romantic” short-story is gross and sexist will get no argument from me, BTW. I’ll defend what happened on screen as having a wider range of interpretations and no necessary sexism in it though.
G’Kar, Babylon 5