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Did You Hate The End of "Homeland," Season 3?

Spoiler Alert: I'm going to rant about the ending of this season's Homeland. If you haven't seen it, please don't read ahead. You'll end up being more disappointed than I am now—if that's possible. Read More


THANK YOU, Professor Barreca, for saying publicly what so many of us, especially us women, were feeling privately in our living rooms last night. It is exactly as you say: if even Carrie has to become a mother to feel like a person, and if even fighting terrorism within and without the CIA isn't enough to make her feel worthwhile, and, most of all, if the producers of this terrific and modern show have come to believe that their audience need Carrie to become a mother in order to find her both sympathetic and worthwhile, then NOTHING has changed. Nothing at all.

This is not to say that motherhood isn't a worthwhile goal (I say this in the hopes of avoiding that generally cheap assault on anyone who questions the narrative validity of a female character getting pregnant); it isn't to say that female spies can't be good mothers; but I am saying that women who choose not to become mothers can still be vital, interesting, worthwhile and heroic, whether in fiction or in real life. I thought Claire Danes knew that. I thought the producers and writers of Homeland did too. But it seems that they have lost their nerve, and their faith in contemporary values, and it was painful to watch.

Watch out! She might pull a "Murphy Brown"...

and line up a whole bunch of real-life bi-polar CIA agents who are also single moms. And you will be lumped in with Dan Quayle.

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Gina Barreca, Ph.D., is Professor of English at UConn, and author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World.


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