long susan hart

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JESS’S ALL TIME FAVOURITE FICTIONAL LADIES

LONG SUSAN HART/CAITLIN SWIFT, RIPPER STREET

“Know this, Duggan. Every moment I felt your foul breath on my face, your murderous fingers on my body, I thought of this. Dreamt of it. Your laywers, your estates and holdings, all will now be made to work for me. Everything that you have built, I will make it mine. […] Do not be confused husband. Everything I have said remains the case. I want none of you. I want none of any man.”

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Lᴏsᴛ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ɪs sᴛɪʟʟ ʟᴏᴠᴇ. Iᴛ ᴛᴀᴋᴇs ᴀ ᴅɪғғᴇʀᴇɴᴛ ғᴏʀᴍ, ᴛʜᴀᴛ’s ᴀʟʟ. Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ’ᴛ sᴇᴇ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ sᴍɪʟᴇ ᴏʀ ʙʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ғᴏᴏᴅ ᴏʀ ᴛᴏᴜsʟᴇ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ʜᴀɪʀ ᴏʀ ᴍᴏᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀ ᴅᴀɴᴄᴇ ғʟᴏᴏʀ. Bᴜᴛ ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ sᴇɴsᴇs ᴡᴇᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ʜᴇɪɢʜᴛᴇɴs. Mᴇᴍᴏʀʏ. Mᴇᴍᴏʀʏ ʙᴇᴄᴏᴍᴇs ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴘᴀʀᴛɴᴇʀ. Yᴏᴜ ɴᴜʀᴛᴜʀᴇ ɪᴛ. Yᴏᴜ ʜᴏʟᴅ ɪᴛ. Yᴏᴜ ᴅᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ɪᴛ.

                                                                 —Mitch Albom

There seems to be an awful lot of hate for Long Susan on twitter, and I can’t help but feel that people wouldn’t be quite as angry at her character if it were a man in her position. 

Somehow it’s seen as more ‘evil’ for a woman to do things to get ahead, yet male characters doing the exact same deeds are often defended, their actions simply deemed as being necessary. And it’s nothing but bullshit sexism. 

I can’t say I agree with absolutely everything Susan has done over the years, but I also have a lot of empathy for her character, because I’m not, nor never have been, in such a difficult position as her character has. Yet she still has gumption, and an awful lot of heart, too, despite all the chaos that has gone on. 

So I thought I’d make this post as a Long Susan Hart appreciation post. She’s a fundamentally good character who cops a lot of sexist criticism. Personally, she’s one of my favourites, and I really hope that she’s on our screens until the very end of S5.