|Kimberly Matula (Hope) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy)|
Courtesy of: The Bold and the Beautiful website
This is a brief background story of what I want to talk about. These two have a rivalry mainly because Steffy hates Hope's mother, Brooke, and all things Logan. Brooke is her stepmother and the reason why her parents Ridge and Taylor never get together and live happily ever after. Ridge loves both Brooke and Taylor, but his true love is Brooke. Steffy's constant bitterness can be really irritating, but yet it is understandable that she wants her family together. It is suggested that every move she makes is a ploy to gain revenge against the Logans.
|Scott Clifton (Liam)|
Courtesy of: Soap Opera Digest website
Why, do you ask? Well, that is what this blog post is for. ;)
Steffy and Hope are like night and day. If you want to differentiate them, refer back to my genital piece. Going by that, Hope is the more "pure, beautiful" one whereas Steffy is the "sexy" one. Both are attractive but belong to two different categories of attractiveness. Hope, due to her mom's sexual background, is still a virgin and wants to wait for marriage to have sex. However, Steffy often makes fun of Hope's virtuosity. See, Steffy is the type of person to constantly throw herself at men and feel like she falls in love with them each time. I think this has something to do with Ridge's role as her father. Granted, Ridge is not an absent father for he's always in Steffy's life. It's just that they aren't a full family and she always feels abandoned and second best next to the Logan clan. Hope isn't even his kid and yet he is married to her mother. Steffy uses the men in her life as a replacement for the lack of one Ridge Forrester. But see, Steffy should be grateful that Ridge is actually around. Hope hasn't even met her father, Deacon Sharpe, so Steffy has to stop acting like the Logans get everything they want and quit playing the victim all the time.
I am actually writing this piece to come to Hope's defense. Her character doesn't seem to have a lot of fans. People criticize her because of her "innocence" and apparent dullness as a character and don't give her enough credit. I know she's not perfect but it is so refreshing to see a girl my age on TV saving herself for marriage. I feel like more characters should be like her.
I know there are women out there who don't save themselves for marriage, but there are women who do and I feel like those women are very rarely, if never, represented in the media. Young girls who do plan on saving themselves should be proud of their values but yet they feel outnumbered and think something is wrong with them because they see a bunch of women on TV having sex before marriage and think that's the only choice they have.
This is why I admire Hope and I hope she stays this way. She is so different and confident with her feelings and yet people seem to ridicule her and think she should give up the whole virginity thing. Liam also admires this about her, but he also has made it known that he wants sex. Lately on the show Hope has been preaching about saving herself and leading a different reputation than her mother has. Normally when I hear something like this being emphasized so much on a soap opera I get nervous because then irony kicks in and something bad happens. This makes me think that Hope is going to get hurt or betrayed somehow. And this isn't the first time it has happened on the show regarding her love life.
This show also has a history of revisiting old storylines and dragging them out, which gets really annoying and I have a feeling it's going to happen again here. When Hope was with her ex Oliver Steffy pinned after him and when Hope first got with Liam she pinned after him as well. When Steffy started pinning after Bill it was a breath of fresh air because she was away from Hope for a little while and I was happy. It was actually a pretty interesting storyline that doesn't follow the same mold of a teenage love triangle. Now she's back after Liam. The thing is, Steffy's problem is with Brooke, not Hope, so she should stop lashing out at Hope because in my opinion Hope did nothing to deserve it. She is a really sweet girl so I feel bad for her.
Liam is all concerned now for Steffy's well being. Why? Who knows! He claims that he still loves Hope, but I feel like after the tub incident he is being drawn to Steffy as well and you can tell he is trying to repress these feelings. Steffy is a person who isn't hesitant to have sex with a man and if Hope keeps holding out, he just might go for Steffy. Steffy is just as talented and pretty as Hope so Liam might think he would have the whole package with Steffy as opposed to his relationship with Hope that deprives him of sex. He has admiration for Steffy as well. This may be why he leaves Hope for Steffy.
All I know is this BETTER NOT HAPPEN! Because if it does, I will be mad! It sends out a totally wrong message to young women and men.
- If Liam leaves Hope for Steffy because of sex, that tells young women everywhere you have to have sex with a man in order to keep him interested in you, even if he does "love" you.
- This is also offensive to young men. This says that men will always and should leave the women they love for women who are willing to give it up to them, making them out to be stereotypical sex hungry beasts.
Believe it or not, there is a population of both men and women who believe that sex in a relationship isn't everything and are willing to save themselves for their true loves. I feel like this practice is constantly looked down upon but I find it pretty honorable. Not all women are like Steffy, and if Liam does do what I am predicting, not all men are like him either. I refuse to believe that. If Hope exists as a character and the writers created her this way, there has to be people like her to exist in real life as well. Why would they base a realistic character on something that doesn't exist in the real world? They had to have gotten this idea somewhere and Hope can connect with this demographic.
I get that this practice isn't for everybody and I'm not taking sides. But people who practice abstinence do exist and should be represented just as much as those who don't and should be respected. Why should the norm be the only thing acceptable as if nothing else is an option? Stop making it out that all people do the same things and that those who think differently should be ignored or are misguided. Why should those who think differently change their points of view to match everyone else's?
Right now Hope is pretty much the only character on TV right now exercising abstinence and I am grateful for "The Bold and the Beautiful" being the one show that showcases this, so I'm "hoping" for a pleasant result for her.