Oh, y'all. I just don't know.
Remember how I said watching this Maya storyline makes me so nervous that I feel like I'm walking over minefields all the time? The ground is starting to shake.
At the end of Friday's episode, Carter overheard Nicole referring to Maya as "Myron" (which, again, let's not even discuss), her "brother," who was "born a man." Today we picked up where that left off, and Maya did not correct her. Then we had Carter coming in and confronting her and he referred to it as "born a boy," and once again Maya did not correct him.
Thankfully she did clarify that she never "identified as a boy," but it still fell a little short for me. Obviously the weirdo characters on this show are going to be shocked and are going to have no idea how to use sensitive nomenclature, but I would just feel like we were in better hands if the show could prove that they know the correct nomenclature. Maya would tell people not to say that. Maya would tell people she was assigned male at birth, but it was the incorrect assignation. I realize I'm just hypersensitive about this right now, and nobody always says the right thing all of the time, but again: Fear. Minefields.
In reality, half the people in her life would be totally freaked out and judgmental and the other half might be surprised but accepting. Somewhere in the middle would be well-meaning folks who just don't get it and with time will learn a thing or two. But this is B&B, full (for some reason) of cosmopolitan L.A. folks who work in the fashion industry and yet are incredibly sheltered, have never seen the outside world, are shocked that people are homeless and that animals in the world are suffering, didn't know any LGBTQ types in their entire lives until Karen and Dani turned up together two years ago or so, and generally find it perfectly reasonable to be obsessed with a twenty-year-old's virginity. So let's just give them some leeway and say that most of these characters are going to be BLOWN. AWAY. And are barely going to have heard of the fact that transgender people even exist. We can only hope for some accountability on the part of delivering a good message, heavy-handed and didactic though it may be. (We all know we have some really stilted dialogue coming at some point to explain everything to a bunch of shocked faces in some Afterschool Special-esque episodes. They'll do their research for that, I have no doubt, I'm just worried about whether they'll apply it to the way the rest of the show plays out.)
Whoa! Speaking of being didactic, I need to jump off my soapbox now and get back to the actual episode!
Carter is pissed. He's not sure he would have married her if he'd known the truth, but he's also not sure he wouldn't have. But I mean like, pissed, you guys.
I was watching when Carter and Maya were dating, but not when they were married or when they split. Has Carter ever shown this much emotion before? It was kind of exciting!