i LOVE how much space ainsley hayes takes up. she takes up too much space for what is usually afforded to women. all the people - men - around her want her to shut up or at least shorten her sentences (even leo, though i think he’s impressed that she doesn’t given his status. she’s kind of speaking truth to power just through her speech style) and yet she ploughs on and carries on speaking and speaking and speaking. i think i remember that there were problems with her characterisation from originally watching it but i do love her introduction: she’s taking up too much space in a world that doesn’t want to give that space to her and yet here she is taking up that space.