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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

An Emotional Discourse on Partners + Female Presentation on CPD

    Despite the title, this post shall neither be formal nor purposeful. Simply put, I've picked up watching Chicago P.D. again this week and am having an outpouring of feelings on the television representation of law enforcement partners and channeled that into a few hundred words of scribbling.

    After that, I am superbly pleased with how Chicago P.D. treats the female members of their team and wrote about that as well. Both of these were scrawled for my Tumblr but were easy enough to transfer over here.

    All right, first batter up.


i’m here for partners who put all their crap on hold when their partner is in danger.

i’m here for partners who know when their partner just needs someone to stay with them and ward off the demons.

i’m here for partners who call out each other on their crap.

i’m here for partners who low-key support each other through a hard case.

i’m here for partners who gravitate towards each other, walk in step, draw strength off each other.

i’m here for partners who support their partner’s decisions even if they might not agree with them.

i’m here for partners who watch each other’s backs.

i’m here for partners who make sure their partner is okay after things go wrong.

i’m here for partners who want the best for their partner–even if it’s not with them.

i’m here for partners who low-key flirt with each other while their teammates pretend not to notice.

i’m here for partners who defend each other at all costs.

i’m here for partners who walk willingly into hell to pull the other out.

i’m here for partners who can rein in their partner when their temper runs hot.

i’m here for partners who manhandle each other to get them out of the line of fire.

i’m here for partners who challenge each other to be better.

i’m here for partners who don’t always need words to communicate efficiently.

i’m here for partners who sarcastically call their partner “my hero”.

i’m here for partners who need each other otherwise their world doesn’t make sense.

i’m here for partners who can make each other laugh.

i’m here for partners who disagree, argue, and fight.

i’m here for partners who never give up on each other.

i’m here for partners who are a+ examples of mirroring.

i’m here for partners who work together seamlessly.

i’m here for partners who break the rules (even the law) for their partner.

i’m here for partners who don’t have to be tough around each other.

i’m here for partners who grab each other up in a hug after a scare.

i’m here for partners who spot the other when they’re putting their sniper rifle skills to use.

i’m here for partners who can do good cop, bad cop interrogations.

i’m here for partners who have height differences.

i’m here for partners who hold hands and interlace their fingers.

i’m here for partners who tussle and bicker.

i’m here for partners who have seen the best and worst in each other and accept it all.

i’m here for partners who know when to sass and when to be serious.

i’m here for partners who make sure each other are okay.

i’m here for partners who know when their partner isn’t okay, even if they’ve fooled everybody else.

i’m here for partners who admit when they’ve missed each other.

i’m here for partners who can be absolute idiots around each other.

i’m here for partners who get territorial over each other when an outside party makes a move.

i’m here for partners who help each other grow as a person.

i’m here for partners who low key save each other’s lives a lot.

i’m here for partners who will always be there.

i am here for freaking p a r t n e r s.


    So random, I know, but bear with me. The next one makes more sense. Aside from curveball character names that will be confusing to non-watchers. 

    Suffice it to say: 
    Erin Lindsay, Kim Burgess = females. 
    Voight, Ruzek, Jay Halstead, Atwater, Roman = males.


You want to know one of the top reasons that Chicago PD is becoming one of my favorite shows?

(I’m going to botch this explanation, so bear with me.)

Correct presentation of a woman’s role in the police force. Definitely not 100% accurate, but a heck of a ton better than what I’d expect.

I am all for qualified women being police. But, truth is, women cannot fulfill every function that a man can. Just like a man cannot fulfill every function that a woman can. And a man’s functions are predominantly physical, something that Chicago PD does very well presenting.

House needs to be breached? Halstead, front and center with the big guns to blow the lock or hinges out. Ruzek, hauling in the handheld ram to break down the door. Atwater toting the backpack with the big guns.

Voight, Halstead, and Roman went into the potentially rigged house and Voight ordered Lindsay to stay back.

Burgess can do the initial take down but ends up needing her male counterpart to throw the suspect down and keep him down while the cuffs are slapped on.

Lindsay gets into a fistfight and gets thrown around like she weighs comparatively nothing because she doesn’t.

I love that Lindsay and Burgess can be there every step of the way, hunting down suspects, adding to the firestorm of bullets, clearing a house, but don’t have to be the first ones to go in for the sake of that overblown argument that women can do everything that men can because there’s no differences, equal opportunities, all of that.

That’s simply not true. It is biologically true that, on average, men are stronger than women. Simple fact.

And I love that Chicago PD respects that in this show. I respect Erin Lindsay and Kim Burgess more because they need back-up to take down a suspect, or stay back and let the men go into the house first. Honestly. Double respect points than if Lindsay were to stomp to the front of the line and plant her foot on the door or handle the .12 gage to blow out the locks.

Have you ever tried firing a shotgun? I haven’t. My mom has. It’s got serious recoil that, yes, you can train to compensate for but points for just having Jay or Ruzek use the shotgun.

It doesn’t mean that Lindsay never totes a big gun–she does, a lot. And I love it. Guns are awesome, firing them even more so. But she doesn’t have to be the first one through the door to prove that she can handle herself. And I respect that so, so much.

Erin Lindsay and Kim Burgess are strong, so strong, but at the same time, the show respects the inherent, biological disadvantages that being a woman comes with when placed in a profession like law enforcement.

This isn’t going to be a popular opinion and I honestly don’t care. I am beyond pleased with Chicago PD, for all its other shortcomings. Disagree if you’re so inclined. I’m going to sit in my corner and be happy.


    And that's all for the time being. Life got a bit busier this week so my energy levels have been suffering.

    I hope you all had a good New Year and are getting back into the swing of life without too much difficulty.

    Cheers!

    Ad astra per aspera.
    To the stars, through difficulties.

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