Secondary Partner

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Title: Secondary Partner
Creator: lucyskull
Date(s): late 1990s
Medium: online
Fandom: X-Files
External Links: The X-Files: commentary and analysis of Dana Scully, Archived version
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Secondary Partner is an essay by lucyskull.

It is one of many essays at The Cave's X-Files Commentary Archives.


Many of us in the Cave have brought up the frustration of seeing how Scully is treated as a lesser part of the X-Files partnership. The signs of these are not overt. One might say that they are almost subliminal. We see it in the way 1013 does not think that giving Scully a desk and a nameplate is of any importance. We see it in how colleagues and superiors in the FBI refer to Scully as Mulder's partner, but not the other way around. This attitude does have an effect. The result being that Scully does second guess herself, as Beth pointed out so well. Moreover, this could also be part of the reason that DS disconnects Agent Scully and Dana - as a defense mechanism against the subtle sexism that surrounds her. This may seem a little preposterous because after all, Dana Scully is a fictional character. How could male writers have the insight into what being a woman in a man's world is about? Has DS been written this way with intent? Or is this a case of the character writing herself?