Being Mary Jane: Is The Black Woman Relationship Struggles Being Overplayed?

Updated on September 14, 2017 in Being Mary Jane
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Being Mary Jane is an impressive seasonal that sees the delectable Gabrielle Union star as successful TV reporter, Mary Jane Paul.

The story centers around the successful black woman’s struggled search for love in all the wrong places, and sometimes the right place, but stereotypically, she manages to sabotage these relationships.

Mary Jane has to endure her overbearing and somewhat dramatic family, her work as a TV reporter and her increasingly messy relationships.

While ‘Being Mary Jane’ is an excellent TV show that looks to encapsulates the struggles of the successful black woman in the modern day America. The show looks to depict the black woman’s family life, work life and most importantly, relationship life or more accurately, sex life.

I, however, feel the stereotypical ‘Black women relationship struggles’ is being overplayed. Mary Jane keeps finding herself in these amazing relationships until she self-destructs.

This relationship sabotage is either due to her high or unrealistic expectations of the man, or him not being black, or her insecurities.

The current season sees her sabotage her relationship with the British comedian, Lee, who I thought could have been ‘the guy,’ for her producer in a tricky situation that has put a strain on her relationship with her ‘ride or die’ bestie.

 
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I absolutely agree with you. I think Mary Jane is being too dramatic. In as much as she wants to stay at the top of her journalistic game, she should not be too hard on herself and the men she dates. Stereotypes will be the end of black women trying to balance work and relationships because many at times they are forced to pick one over the other.

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I can’t help but agree with this stereotype about black women relationship troubles but the fact that Maryjane is a career woman only makes her a victim of a whole lot of bad relationships. Because she has to balance her type so it is a little bit harder than she expects

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