However, last night the show went a long way to killing off the misogyny label as Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) gave a powerful speech about consent.
Towards the end of the episode, Gibson spoke to Tom Stagg, whose wife, Rose, was tortured by Spector in series two. Tom couldn’t understand why his wife didn’t “fight or scream” when she was taken by the killer.
“Men always think in terms of fight or flight. In fact, the most common instinct in the face of this kind of threat is to freeze. If she didn’t fight, if she didn’t scream, if she was silent and numb, it’s because she was petrified.
“If she went with him quietly, it’s because she was afraid for her life. And not just her life – yours and Nancy’s and the baby’s.
“In that state of fear she might well have been compliant. She might well have submitted. But that does not mean she consented.”
Twitterers everywhere praised the words and their powerful message…
Gillian Anderson's speech at the end of tonight's episode is so important to women everywhere. Powerful writing. #TheFall
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