June 12, 2014 by Roe
First off, let me just begin by saying – I am Dorothy Zbornak.
I love Dorothy. She’s the greatest; Never failing to deliver killer zingers, one-liners, sarcastic quips. She’s a cynical idealist who never fails to speak her mind and stand up for her beliefs and principles. She’s a intelligent bibliophile with a generous heart and a loyal friend to the end.
I gravitate to her character because I relate with her the most. I’m a book-loving, loyal, cynical idealist too. Not overly concerned with romance or dating but if something real comes along, I’ll take it. If I could recreate her in a holodeck, I think we’d be great friends. Although, many of my own friends tell me I’m a spot-on Sophia. I can understand where they’re coming from with that.
On occasion, I’ve been known to forget my filter and just say whatever hits my mind without really thinking about it. I’m known to spit out a little hard-earned wisdom every now and then…You know, now that I think about it I can even be naive as Rose or sometimes as fun-loving like Blanche. I think that’s what so wonderful about the Girls; It’s almost as if they are parts of a whole; various personifications of one psyche which enables viewers young and old to resonate with each and every one of them in an interesting, yet authentic way.
The Golden Girls represents something I’ve termed “positive pop culture“. Positive pop culture is music, film, television, or theatre that evokes positive qualities of ourselves by bringing out the best of our human nature in the real world whether it be compassion, doing the right thing, or following our heart. The Golden Girls accomplishes that. These 4 female characters playing out fictional scenarios based in (a not too distant) reality resonates deeper than one would assume.
Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia are all independent women but in their own way, coinciding within a (at times dys-)functional, lovable relationship. They are firmly in control of their personal and sexual lives, living on their own without needing to depend on men but rather, on themselves and each other. I’m not afraid to admit that The Golden Girls empowers me. It may sound silly, but I feel compelled to say these things aloud being as I currently exist within in a domineering patriarchy that tends to count me out more than in. So when these realizations come along when watching something like The Golden Girls, I embrace it – and want to actively talk about it.
The Golden Girls will never die because they means so much to so many people – women especially. Their trials and tribulations transform ours into comfort and consolation. They are a pick-me-up when we’re down and out. Their mistakes and life experiences become character builders, not only for them but for us. Despite the approaching 30 year anniversary of the original air date of this show, these characters play an important role in our waking lives even when the TV gets turned off. We carry them with us to live a more authentic life, perhaps giving us the push to become the individuals we’ve always aspired to be.