Season 5 of ABC's Castle ends with Castle proposing to Beckett. (See? Told you. Spoilers.) And this makes me angry. Why it makes me so angry can really be boiled down to how the network is promoting this season cliffhanger. The show's official Facebook account made the following post on May 15: "#Job or #Ring? What does she choose?"
Excuse me, but why does she have to choose between her career and a romantic relationship? This is Feminism 101, people. Nonetheless, I'm still frothing at the mouth and feel the need to break this down via bullet points.
- The distance between NYC and Washington, D.C. is approximately four hours.
- Beckett's possible new job would be in D.C., not across the country or overseas. That's four hours (approx.) driving, too. Which brings me to the next bullet point.
- Richard Castle is a millionaire!
- He's an award-winning, million-dollar-making author. He can charter a plane to D.C. to see Beckett. He can write his novels from anywhere in the world if he wanted to. Hell, he could pick up and move to D.C. and not even have to fold and pack his own undies because he can afford to pay people to do that for him.
- Feminism 101!!!
- Women should not and do not have to "choose" between a career and romantic relationship. To imply so (or even come right out and say so as the network has) is offensive to women who have already earned the right to vote, so, y'know, ALL of us. Life is not a binary of "work" or "love," especially not for women. We can have and should have and demand to have both. Why should she have to choose? Why can't he "choose" if choosing must be done?? Which brings me to the next part of this rant, no bullet points needed.
I really, really hope that ABC finds a unique and unexpected way out of this quandary. I'll be greatly disappointed in one of my favorite TV shows if they don't, for all of the reasons listed above. C'mon, Castle writers! You're better than this. Please don't turn Castle and Beckett's relationship into a 1980s second wave feminism cliché.