Why Rose Dewitt Bukater Deserved Better
For those that don’t know, that’s Rose Dawson. And for everyone else, did you know that the Titanic actually has more than one villain? Everyone knows how horrible Cal Hockley is, and Rose’s mother is also pretty horrible (no mom, some of us don’t want to marry someone just to help you maintain your expensive lifestyle); introducing Lewis Bodine, researcher and worst mainsplainer in cinematic history.
For anyone who needs a refresher, mansplaining is defined as “what occurs when a man talks condescendingly to someone (especially a woman) about something he has incomplete knowledge of, with the mistaken assumption that he knows more about it than the person he's talking to does."
If 101 year-old Rose lived through the sinking of the Titanic, would one really “explain” to her why the ship sank? Apparently someone would, and that someone is Bodine. The incident happens at the beginning of the movie, after Rose and her granddaughter come abroad their research vessel. And after the researches found Jacks very sexy, naked drawing of her.
Viewers are already aware that Bodine has little respect for women, as he is already discrediting Rose’s legitimacy before she even gets there stating that she is simply “some nutcase for money or publicity.” While Bodine’s explanation is clearly being used for historical context for viewers, he explains the sinking of the ship to Rose like a monster. He uses unprofessional language and sound effects, to explain something to he truly believes she didn’t live through.
The issue here isn’t just Bodine and the obvious mansplaining. The real issue is the implication that Rose couldn't possibly know as much as a man does on this particular topic (because of Rose’s response and the order the story is told).
We all deal with mansplaining and as infuriating and annoying as it is, just lay some real facts on that patronizing baby, and in the words of a true queen…