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Objectified: What Is Up With Days of Our Lives’ Treatment Of Women?!

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It’s not a great time to be a woman on Days of Our Lives (DOOL), as men seem to be taking advantage of their power over them in new and horrible ways.

This is all kind of strange in the era of #MeToo and the fact that soaps are considered a woman’s medium. Yet it feels like it’s running rampant in and out of Salem and has affected three of the younger heroines on the show to varying degrees.

Tainted Love
The worst case was the way Abigail (Marci Miller) was taken advantage of while in the throes of her DID. There was no way she could consent to “making love” to Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and he knew that.

He just didn’t care and was blinded by his misguided feelings of love for Gabigail. Marlena (Deidre Hall) warned him about his obsession and how he needed to back away but he didn’t care. The repercussions for Abby are on the horizon and her feelings of being violated will be more than justified.

Love Is A Battlefield
For over a year, Theresa (Jen Lilley) has had to pretend to care about Mateo in order to keep him from killing the man she really does love — Brady (Eric Martsolf), as well as their son, Tate. He has kept her a prisoner, his to do whatever he wants.

Theresa has tried to find a way out and it looks like she may have — but who knows what emotional scars she will carry because of what she’s had to endure at his hand, day in and day out?

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Now, Mateo has a new muse he wants to torture. Poor Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) was on the verge of something new and better with ex-husband, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo). Just like Theresa, she had to end things with Lucas in order to save his life from Mateo.

While Mateo hasn’t forced himself on her (yet!), he did make her fulfill his fantasy of a concert for one, making her wear the dress he wanted, sing just for him, and dance a sultry dance as he sat and watched.

The humiliation Chloe went through was supposed to be rewarded with the chance to talk to her son. Of course, twisted Mateo decided she needed to further prove her trustworthiness before he would allow that, proving he was the one in control of her life.

The writing staff recently won the Emmy for outstanding writing. They are most definitely a talented bunch. Here’s hoping they’ll find other ways of telling compelling story that doesn’t degrade women as women try to watch their show.

Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.

Video Credit: The Emmys

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