Riverdale’s Third Chapter: Slut Shaming as a Theme

I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bad blogger…I watched Riverdale and didn’t post about it, I wasn’t kind of out of it after having two of my wisdom teeth removed.  Which, was actually less painful than I thought

Yet, that’s not here or there.  The first thing that comes to mind about the third episode is slut shaming. What happened to cause this focus was that Veronica went on a date with the captain of the football team, who is also the head coach’s son.

After this date, the football star started slut shamming Veronica, despite nothing happening on the date.  This pushes Veronica and Betty to take action about the issue at Riverdale High.  They initially seek revenge – which we see Betty having an episode of some sort where she thinks she’s Pauli, her older sister – but then Betty uses the restarted high school paper to write a story on what happened.

riverdale-1x03-the-cwAlthough I haven’t seen slut shamming happen in person, but I think that it was great that the show took on the issue.  Especially since it took on the idea that women should take charge.  (In fairness here’s I am using ‘women’ here as the main gender that gets slut shamed, since there is a double standard that essentially goes where if you’re a guy, it’s great that you’re having sex and it’s bad if you’re a woman)

Within the episode, we also get a glimpse into Betty’s mental state when she thinks that she is Pauli for a second or two.  We also got a glimpse into her mental heath in the pilot.  Giving a lead character of a beloved series is a brilliant move, I think, due to the fact that it give more depth to the series.  Granted, it sadly means that it also give more drama to series, possibly meaning that for a time, Betty wont be a well liked character.

The other thing that will have an impact in episode four (which I am holding off on watching till I have this posted) is that Archie’s secret affair with a high school teacher is one step closer to being exposed.  Dilton Doiley, a troupe master, was the one that shot the gun one July 4th and he trades The Blue and Gold – Riverdale High’s newspaper – their silence for the bit of info that  Miss Grundy’s car was at the lake the Jason died.  Betty said yes to the swap, even though she doesn’t know what this will do to Archie.  Jughead, however, knows what this will do to Archie.