Yikes, that’s a whole lot of women vs. women on this show.
Romantic Rivals. Work Rivals. Parenthood rivals!
Jealousy Incarnate is the kdrama of discussion. Sure, it may be expected that a show may have characterizations befitting of its title, the excessive female rivalry has me cringing at its depictions: this show ain’t your feminism pioneer.
In what way(s), you ask?
1. The Work Rivals
Na Joo Hee (Kim Ye Won) sabotages her colleague Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin) by “accidentally” spilling on her broadcast wardrobe and oh-so-easily offers up her outfit of tied cropped shirt and denim cutoffs. Yeah, real broadcast-ready. Maybe she’s setting up her future as a cast member of a Real Housewives Of Thrown Drinks And Gochujang show on a glossy cable channel.
Don’t get me started on all the weather girls. Weather casters. Female meteorologists. If there’s one attacking you directly, there’s a small army of them anxiously awaiting your demise.
2. The Romantic Rivals
Of course, multiple crossovers abound: rivalry cut across love and career lines (and even looped around other characters).
3. The Parenthood Rivals
Eek, so these two ladies, not only were they married to same guy (first wife, and then second wife), they competed against each other for another guy, plus, duked it out to regain status as a mother – to the same daughter.
4. The Fashion Rivals
Please don’t get into that petty who-wore-it-best nonsense.
The positive women-helping-other-women interactions are few and far between, with the majority of screen time composed of being at odds with each other. Conflict makes for a great story and character dynamics, but not at the cost of relegating women to negative, shallow stereotypes.
Come on, Show.
What did you think?