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“In an era of macho antiheroes, Finn countered that being a man didn’t have to include physical strength or objectifying women, but could instead be defined by expressiveness, vulnerability, and compassion. He failed as a quarterback, a soldier, and a boyfriend, but he succeeded in glee club, where he sang and danced and hung around with a bunch of queer kids.” That’s The Atlantic on Glee‘s Finn Hudson, played by the late Cory Monteith.


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  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam L-L

    I’m not so sure about that last one – my wife and I more or less stopped watching Glee after Finn was very physically abusive to another character, Brody, because a) Brody was dating Finn’s ex-girlfriend, whom Finn scarily possessively referred to as “my future wife” and b) because Brody was a sex worker. We were both pretty discomfited by the narrative lens of the show apparently condoning Finn’s actions (or at least, he was never called on it and Brody faded out of the narrative). If anything we always felt that the show over-focused on Finn and Rachel, as far as we could tell, because they were the straight cis white ones, when basically everyone else was funnier and more interesting.