Jane the Virgin Tackles Gender Double Standards and Bisexuality

Jane the Virgin Tackles Gender Double Standards and Bisexuality

Jane the Virgin

A Surprising Plot Twist in Jane the Virgin

Raise your hand if you saw this plot point coming because I certainly didn’t. The fact that Jane the Virgin picked up this conversation is one of the reasons I adore the show. Jane isn’t great with surprises, and this one was a whopper. What’s truly unique about this storyline is how it contributes to a broader conversation about gender double standards and the judgments both sides make. Plus, it’s entertaining to see Jane thrown off her game when she doesn’t know how to react.

Adam’s Bisexuality Revelation

There’s one tiny detail Adam forgot to mention to Jane: he’s bisexual. It’s not that Jane has an issue with Adam’s past love life, but she feels it’s something they should have discussed earlier. A good time for that conversation might have been when they almost got married years ago. Fortunately, Jane has more time to process it now. Of course, Jane would need time to process this information; it caught her completely off-guard. That in itself is something Jane dislikes. Lena is the one who enjoys surprises, not Jane. Lena is certainly taken aback when Jane tries to kiss her! This is what pushes Jane to admit she’s uncomfortable with Adam’s admission, but not because she thinks differently of him. Mostly, she just has a lot of questions. This is new territory for her, and it’s okay to ask questions. Adam wholeheartedly answers Jane’s questions, but the most crucial answer is that Adam is 100% committed to Jane now.

Lena’s Wedding Jitters

If that almost-kiss wasn’t enough to freak Lena out, her impending nuptials should. Just as Lena is about to walk down the aisle, she wonders if she and Danny are compatible. What bride would be excited about a bachelor/bachelorette party with a Murder Mystery theme? What neither Lena nor Jane knows is that Danny set up the party as a decoy for his real surprise, which was an actual bachelorette party all along. Danny is the opposite of Lena in many ways, which essentially makes him the male version of Jane. That’s how Lena knows it’s right.

Xiomara’s Request and Gender Double Standards

Continuing with the theme of gender double standards, Xiomara has a very special request for Rogelio. At this point in their lives, they’re not going to have any more children. Why shouldn’t Rogelio get a vasectomy so that Xiomara can stop taking the pill? (A note to all men: never, ever make the counterargument that a woman can just have her tubes tied. It’s an invasive procedure, the worst double standard argument, and the quickest way to start an argument you cannot win.) For Rogelio, getting the vasectomy isn’t about his manhood; it’s about getting older. If Rogelio genuinely loves Xo, he should consider that she’s asking this of him because of her womanhood. Staying on top of birth control is stressful and shouldn’t be expected to maintain for the rest of her life.

Jane and Rafael’s Deteriorating Relationship

Remember that good place Jane and Rafael used to be in? That has deteriorated to the extent that Rafael can’t even call Jane after Katherine runs him down. What should be a moment of relief that Rafael is alive is instead a clipped threat not to start the “I told you so” argument. More than anything, Jane wants Rafael to be safe and happy. Right now, he is neither. The reason Jane was so proud of his work on the hotel in the past is that it made him happy to set an example for his children. Rafael isn’t happy anymore. Everything is a fight, and it’s a fight to prove something to absolutely no one. What he should be focused on is his family, all of his family. This means Luisa, who has lost her mind. Rafael convinces her that she’s hallucinating, but is she? Rafael doesn’t believe his sister is well, which is why she gives him back his hotel shares. If only they were legally binding. If only Magda and Anezka didn’t trick Luisa into thinking she was going crazy to get her shares donated to themselves. Whoops.

How did Jane the Virgin hit the right marks with the bisexual story?

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