'Wynonna Earp's' Secret Weapon: Feminism in a Demon-Haunted World

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Feminism is a thread frequently weaved throughout Syfy's Wynonna Earp, and what seems to resonate with its audience is an underlying feeling that they're getting more out of the show than what's expected.

One of those feminist threads is that, besides familial relationships, no woman is defined by her relationship to a man. And, not to diminish the importance of the men on the show because, #SuperSupportive, but their main role in the lives of these very human female superheroes is to tap into their strength and harness it. Characters like Special Agent Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson), Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon) and Sheriff Randy Nedley (Greg Lawson) are champions for the growth and strength of these women and want them to succeed.

The July 21 installment ("Everybody Knows") effectively serves as a 101 class in feminism, highlighted by the revelation that someone other than Doc could possibly be the father of Wynonna's (Melanie Scrofano) child. Viewers soon learn that that someone is a misogynistic, Revenant-sized jerk. The episode shines a spotlight on the power and confidence that come from being an unapologetically flawed and emotional woman with all manner of desires and needs. A woman who is able to carry herself with dignity and respect and refuses to allow the judgment that comes with ladies' choice, all while disarming every argument one would have against her by way of a bad-ass, slow-motion strut.

FAVORITE FEMINIST MOMENT

Provost-Chalkley: Waverly when she's Gooverly has this wonderful moment with Tucker. She tells him that Nicole is her girlfriend, and he says something like, "You're confused. That'd just be wrong." And then she picks him up by the throat and is all, "I'll show you wrong." I think that was the coolest thing ever.

BarrellFor Nicole, the stuff with Tucker was pretty memorable. She was allowed to follow her own hunches and take him on. Tucker was given some really sexist language like, "Such a nasty woman." He objectifies women, and is definitely an example of the homophobic symbol of sexism in the season.

Provost-Chalkley: I love in season one when Waverly says to Champ, "Being beautiful and smart aren't mutually exclusive." I use it all the time in my everyday life now. It's my go-to phrase. Isn't that cool that I'm inspired by my character? Being able to take things from the show that you're on and use in your everyday life.

BarrellAs a fan of the show, the pregnant stuff really struck a big chord. I really love the scene where Wynonna and Waverly are training and Wynonna does a pregnant backflip. Has a pregnant backflip ever even been done before?!

ScrofanoI think Wynonna's sexuality. She doesn't hide the fact that she enjoys sex and she’s not ashamed of it. If people don't like it, they can fuck off. The way I see it is, if you're literally fighting the end of the world every single day, the morality of who I'm fucking is so small potatoes. It's ridiculous to think that Wynonna is thinking about it in terms of, "Will I upset Doc if I sleep with Dolls?" No, we might be dead in five minutes.

Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on Syfy and Space in Canada.