On Watching “Freaks and Geeks”

On Watching “Freaks and Geeks”

With the help of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, we are able to settle in and watch marathons of TV shows we might have missed. We’ve been catching up on Netflix favorite Freaks and Geeks, which has some pretty relevant stuff for a show about teens in the 80s.

For instance in the clip below, James Franco and Busy Phillips, aka Daniel and Kim, are in a fight because Kim suspects Daniel is cheating on her with one of her best friends. It’s pretty hard to watch — starting with Daniel swearing at her and then with Kim responding by hitting and slapping him. What’s more shocking is the other people in the room don’t try to stop the violence.

* Warning: explicit content

This is not a healthy relationship. It’s abusive.

Men Can Be Victims Of Abuse

Because men are traditionally thought of as physically stronger than women, it can feel weird to identify physical abuse when the man is the victim and the woman is the perpetrator.

The fact is abusers come in all shapes and sizes. Simply being the larger person in a relationship doesn’t mean you can’t suffer abuse.

Dating violence against guys takes the same forms as it does against women. It can be emotional, physical or sexual and be present in heterosexual or same sex relationships.

Warning Signs

Some warning signs to watch out for are if your partner:

  • Calls you names, insults you or puts you down
  • Gets jealous when you spend time with family members or friends
  • Tries to control how you spend money, where you go or what you wear
  • Doesn’t trust you and constantly accuses you of cheating
  • Gets angry toward you when drinking or using drugs
  • Threatens you with violence
  • Becomes physically violent with you while your sleeping, after you’ve been drinking or while you’re not paying attention to make up for a difference in strength

If someone is gay, bisexual or transgender, there are some additional signs to keep an eye out for:

  • Threatening to tell friends, family or others of your sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Telling you authorities won’t help you because of your sexual orientation
  • Telling you that leaving the relationship means you agree that gay, bisexual or transgender relationships are wrong
  • Saying that men are just naturally physically violent or that this is just how women fight

Using your sexual orientation or gender identity to gain control in a relationship is abuse. All relationships will have their share of arguments, but no matter who’s in the relationship you can disagree with getting abusive.

Everyone deserves a healthy relationship.

Let’s Talk About Freaks and Geeks

Daniel and Kim are clearly in an unhealthy relationship. What about the other couples on the show? Where would you rank them on the Relationship Spectrum?

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