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Isn’t it weird to look back at your childhood and see things that totally shaped you into the person you are today? The older I get, the more it happens to me. After seeing Gillian Anderson at Dallas Comic Con, I was inspired to start watching The X Files again (it’s on Netflix, people!) and I realized what a HUGE effect Dana Scully has had in my life. The other day I actually told my mom that The X Files is responsible for most of my major fears (cockroaches, claustrophobia, aliens, etc) and she said that she was a horrible mom for letting me watch The X Files when I was that young. BUT in reality, I think that was one of the best shows I could be watching at such a young age.
Here are five reasons why I’m so thankful my parents let me watch The X Files when I was in elementary school.
1. Her romantic relationships with men were almost never mentioned. And even when they were, they weren’t a major plot point. This is SUCH A BIG DEAL. It came up occasionally, but even then it was like one sentence and then they moved on to bigger things like finding aliens and shedding light on government conspiracies.
2. Even though she was sometimes a damsel in distress, she usually found a way to get herself out of the situations. There’s even a (pretty strong) theory that Scully is actually immortal.
3. Dana Scully caused a huge surge in women who pursued STEM (science, technology, engineering and medical) careers in the 90s. Read more about “The Scully Effect” here.
4. Scully taught me it was okay to question everything. That being a skeptic and trying to find the truth and ask big questions was totally okay. Also, asking questions doesn’t make you a bitch, it makes you a person who asks questions. Note: Using the big b-word here because it’s used SO much to talk about boss ladies in power who get stuff done.
5. The X Files reinforced the idea that gender roles don’t define who a person is. Watching The X Files, I never felt like Mulder or Scully did things or acted certain ways because of their gender. They were people and made their decisions based on their character, not their gender.
For a 90s sci fi Network show, Dana Scully is a shockingly feminist character. Of course, there are definitely things that can be critiqued but all in all, I’d say she was (and is) a fantastic role model, especially for a young girl like me – 9 years old, chubby, pale, and not necessarily “cool.” Scully taught me that being smart was a good thing, I didn’t necessarily need a man to get by and cute clothes and makeup are fun, but not everything.
Halloween 1998, my best friend and I were Mulder and Scully. My mom let me color my hair (and I was a redhead until it grew out, even though it was supposed to be temporary). I’m so glad even 17 years later, I still love Scully just as much as I did at age 9.
Were you an X Files fan back in the day? Are you losing your mind over the new episodes like I am?!
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