ok. so. im sure as a lot of u kno im a rly big fan of hamilton, a really really big fan. but now that a lot of the initial hype has died down and im able to look at the musical more clearly im finding that i… hate how the women are portrayed? i really, really do???
dont get me wrong, the schuyler sisters and maria reynolds set my gay little heart aflutter, but their treatment in the story is very unfair? after their introduction song, we get like… no insight on how angelica and eliza feel beyond ‘they are in love with alexander hamilton. like, they are just head over heels for them. so in love. tragic.’ historically speaking, peggy sent many purely platonic letters to hamilton, used her quick thinking to save her niece and almost got hit by a tomahawk in the process, eloped with stephen van rensselaer, became very ill and died in albany, alexander by her side, but you literally wouldnt know any of that unless u went out of ur way to look it up, because peggy just… doesnt get to say or do anything after the schuyler sisters.
im serious, the only times when eliza gets to sing about something that is not her husband is the schuyler sisters, take a break, and stay alive (reprise), angelica only gets the schuyler sisters.
but dont even get me started on maria reynolds. poor miss maria reynolds, who married her abusive husband, james reynolds, at a very young age (15), who had absolutely no choice in whether or not she had sex with alexander because her husband wanted his money, who revealed in her letters that she felt so guilty and wished she had never been born, is portrayed as evil, bad news, a homewrecker, just because our hero cant keep it in his pants. did u kno that maria, with the help of aaron burr, divorced her piece of shit husband and even wrote her own pamphlet saying what happened between her and alexander, but it was never published, and she was publicly scorned and had to move away and change her name? probably not, since she doesnt get to do or say anything after say no to this!
to put things into perspective. laurens may be a dear friend of alexander, but he still has his own goals and motivations, he wants to end slavery. mulligan is a tailor’s apprentice and later a spy who wants to socially advance. lafayette wants to bring freedom to france. washington is a general and later the president. ect. eliza… is alexander’s wife. she loves him a lot. angelica… is alexander’s lover. she loves him a lot and is unhappy about not being able to fully express that. maria… is alexander’s lover, portrayed as some clever, cunning and evil mistress. peggy… is gone. shes going, shes gone. same, peggy. same.