Saturday, March 19, 2011

Real Influential Women Role Models (Real and Fictitious): Rachel Berry

Rachel Berry

Rachel Berry (Glee) Though she may be considered the most irritating character to some on the new hit dramedy-musical, aspiring singer Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) is at least true to herself in many circumstances, especially when two lead characters Puck (Mark Salling) and Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) each make sexual advances towards her (twice!) and she rejects them both (twice!). That is more than we can say for so-called Christian celibacy club president Quinn Fabray (Dianna Argon) who sleeps with a guy the first chance she gets, becomes pregnant, and claims that he “got her drunk.”

While I am on the subject of comparing Rachel and Quinn, allow me to briefly address the annoying love triangle that has been going on between them and Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) since the very first episode. Why is Finn so quick to forgive Quinn for her cheating on him with his best friend Puck, thus getting pregnant with his child, and willing to get back with her whereas he tells Rachel he loves her and then storms out on her when she reveals that she cheated on him after she was hurt upon hearing the news about him and Santana (Naya Rivera) without seeming to give their relationship a second thought? Rachel's situation was less severe considering she did not go all the way with Puck like Quinn did, although we don't really know Rachel's true intentions of how far she wanted it to go or how far it would have gone if Puck had not stopped it.

In both instances, Finn found out about the cheating through Rachel. Rachel told him about the true paternity of Quinn's baby and also had the guts to reveal to Finn about her own cheating on him with Puck. Quinn did not have this same integrity and courage. Rachel is obviously the better girlfriend for Finn.

And yet he chooses Quinn over Rachel. Why?

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