Post: 'The Home Place' - what's a woman's place?

What it's about.

Set in the country of Ireland, Christopher Gore and his son David have fallen in love with the same woman - the chatelaine -Margaret O'Donnell. Christopher's cousin, Richard, arrives to further his research on the indigenous Irish, bringing trouble.

My experience.

I didn't really know what to write after I had seen this show. In days leading up to when I finally sat down and wrote all this down, I had begun to hear about the Harvey Weinstein scandals. Although this play wasn't about sexual harassment and abuse, there moments relating to the scandals that are the first things I remember when looking back at this show.

So, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, he abused and raped women who were trying to make a name for themselves in Hollywood. Women in our society do not have as much respect as men and are often seen as weak. Weinstein preyed on their vulnerabilities and these women could not do much to bring Weinstein down at the time. 

The character Richard Gore is Weinstein in this case. You can tell he has some sort of authority. He was a Doctor of Anthropology, he had an assistant, and he talked with a rather sophisticated tone (I thought Richard was hot as hell, I'm not gonna lie). He was in town to conduct research on the indigenous Irish and his first victim was Sally, the maid. Sally was setting the picnic outside the Lodge when he took her aside to explain to his nephew, David, about how he does what he does.  It started out innocent. He measured her head, eyes, jaw, arms... but then, as an excuse to confirm she was of a certain Irish descent, he smacked her ass. 

I sat in my seat like....

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Sally, who was this bright, sassy, and witty girl, stayed completely quiet during the scene. I could sympathize with her as she felt violated and couldn't do anything about it. I remember one day in high school a (gay) guy smacked my thigh as a joke, but I wasn't having it and so I grabbed his hand and yelled "Don't touch me!" as he ran away shrieking. He never tried to touch me again after that. Although he was gay, it does not give him the right to play with my body like a toy like some other straight men would try to do.

Now, I live in a time where I was taught to defend myself and the laws are much more stricter against sexual harassment. In the time Sally was living she couldn't stand up for herself. Her social status as a woman did not give her the right to stand up for herself, slap Richard and tell him to f*ck off. His cousin was the landlord, so she definitely couldn't do anything about it

Set in 1878, this show definitely showed the inequalities of women at that time and it also made me realize some of the sexism women experience now.

The very first character to appear was the chatelaine of the Lodge, Margaret, and at first I was a bit irritated by her. She seemed like a bitch. She bossed around Sally, she complained about Richard before we knew he was a dick, and would get emotionally upset over literally everything that didn't go her way.

But as the play went on I learned she didn't have an easy life. Her father was an alcoholic which caused Margaret to come to work for Christopher Gore at the age of 14. Her father came to the Lodge drunk and when he was about to grab a drink she tried to kick him out, in a failed attempt causing her to run into the Lodge upset. Adding onto her turmoil it was hinted at throughout that Christopher, who was a rather old man, was in love with Margret, and so was his son, David. She admitted she loved David but felt the need to hide their relationship from Christopher for his sake. You could see that the situation was stressing her out.

I realized I made judgements about this woman without taking the whole picture into consideration, like I do with almost every stranger I see. I began to feel sorry for her. I wanted her to be happy. I began to agree with her more on certain things, especially when she pressed Christopher to call the cops on Johnny MacLoone who threatened to start a brawl at the Lodge. Christopher ignored her attempts, but I asked myself "Why can't you just do it?" Then I realized she wouldn't be taken seriously as she was a woman in the late 1800's. 

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