I took a deep breath and I watched the rest of the new episode of Bomb Girls.
I regret nothing. I might be a bit sensitive over the the day, but it was worth it.
So worth it.
(Cutting here for Spoilers)
1 - I agree with you about Gladys. It did start to really grate me when she kept trying to tell Betty that “her heart wasn’t in it” when she was out with Ivan.
It almost feels like she judging Betty a bit for ~leading Ivan on. When, the fact of the matter is, Betty is doing what she needs to do in order to feel safe. To not feel like her job, her livelihood, everything she has been working towards, is in danger.
I do like that the other characters call her out though, like when Betty said “don’t go telling me where my god-damn heart is”
Similarly when Kai asks her what Witham means.
2 - about the whole “you’re the one who has to live with it” line. I didn’t see that as judging Lorna and her decision to have an abortion.
When Vera tells her “she’s the one who will have to live with it, whichever way it goes” it seemed to me to highlight that fact that, regardless of whether Lorna keeps the baby or aborts it, it’s her that is going to have to live with it.
It’s her that’s going to have to raise the baby (or not as the case may be) so it should be her decision
And this was reinforced when she went to see Marco. Lorna tells him she is the one who has to live with her decision, making it clear that whatever he thinks isn’t important - it’s not him that is going to have to deal with the consequences.
As well as the way the whole abortion was treated as a women’s health issue, not a baby being killed issue
It seemed, to be, to be very pro-choice rather than moralistic finger wagging.
that’s the way I saw those scenes anyway
Re: your no. 2, that’s a very fair point and on second viewing that does seem to be the case, especially with regards to the way the abortionist is shown to be treating the women.
Still, I don’t like the whole “regret” thing as a narrative when it comes to abortion and not having kids in general. It’s very pervasive and not entirely accurate.