I’m a happily married lady, even if I didn’t marry a
Jamie. Nope, I married more of a Roger, and glad for it, but he’s not likely to
be okay with the idea of bending my vows a wee bit for the sake of one
redheaded Scottish chief-turned-fugitive. Jamie himself would also most
definitely not be on board with this, devoted as he is to Claire, but let’s
play a little imaginary game called “Claire doesn’t exist and my significant
other is a freak.” Not only is it fun but, if you can rationalize like a pro,
it actually starts sounding like a great idea to those of us into both dudes
and the modern relationship theories of one Miss Britney Spears.
Here are seven reasons why:
1. Tunnel vision. If you can get Jamie to care for you, it doesn’t matter that your focus is
divided because his would be so wonderfully, deliciously laser-like. Anyone
coming to get a scoop of his ice cream would be repelled by a combination of
innate loyalty and his earnest inability to fathom just how hot he is.
Bonus: THOTs bounce off like bumblebees.
2. Less downtime. Who hasn’t had to nurse a significant other through a cold that more closely
resembles an agonizing death from consumption? Not an issue with the addition
of a man who will still stab someone with a table leg after having his hand
Bonus: Injured Jamie is frequently shirtless.
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Everyone loves a man in a kilt, but in my book there is much to be said for an intelligent woman who tells you to stuff it when you shush her. My love affair with Claire Randall Fraser began in the books and Caitriona Balfe’s spirited portrayal only enflamed my lady-crush. At the heart of Outlander’s chronicle of a marriage, this practical healer with knowledge of the future lives in not one, but two time periods when her outspokenness was not the norm.
It is maybe because of this that her agency is a thing of beauty, a unicorn out of time that trots on despite danger, convention and even her own better judgment. The point isn’t whether or not Claire is always right —in fact she is often not— but that this is a woman who trusts herself as her best resource, and that’s a message that is crucial. The greatest love of all, ladies.
Here are ten times Claire leaned in when others may have pushed away:
1. That time she got hers. Remember in the premiere when Claire subjugated her sexuality to her husband’s and resigned her needs to luck and fate? Of course you don’t, because that is not how the Notorious CRF rolls. What Claire needs, she is not scared to insist upon. Dust and creaky beds, you are on notice.
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