PROFESSIONAL ARTICLE: STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A METH COOKING HUSBAND: WHAT BREAKING BAD'S SKYLER WHITE TEACHES US ABOUT HOW THE WAR ON DRUGS AND PUBLIC ANTIPATHY CONSTRAIN WOMEN OF CIRCUMSTANCE'S CHOICES Skip over navigation
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PROFESSIONAL ARTICLE: STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A METH COOKING HUSBAND: WHAT BREAKING BAD'S SKYLER WHITE TEACHES US ABOUT HOW THE WAR ON DRUGS AND PUBLIC ANTIPATHY CONSTRAIN WOMEN OF CIRCUMSTANCE'S CHOICES

Spring, 2015

New Mexico Law Review

45 N.M.L. Rev. 567

Author

Holly Jeanine Boux * and Courtenay W. Daum +

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INTRODUCTION

As the above quotations illustrate, Skyler White, protagonist Walter White's wife in Breaking Bad, is stuck between her husband and the law. Skyler's increasing awareness of the dilemma in which her husband has placed her, and her attempts to contain the damage he has wreaked on her family are an important source of drama for the series. However, they also serve as a stark illustration of the double bind faced by thousands of real women who find themselves in similar situations. Described in the literature as "women of circumstance," 3 women with similar obligations as Skyler find themselves incarcerated because the men in their lives persuade or coerce their participation in illicit drug activity. 4 Combined with the tactics employed by police and prosecutors in the War on Drugs, these women are forced to try and reconcile a long list of conflicting concerns. They must balance (1) how the legal system uses them as scapegoats and pawns, (2) their intimate relationships with dangerous drug operatives, 5 (3) the physical, financial and emotional wellbeing of their children and families, and (4) societal expectations about "good" women and female subservience. The combined effect of these intersecting forces has led to the entrapment, marginalization and incarceration of tens of thousands of women of circumstance. 6

In the series, the deleterious effects of these interconnected forces are not only revealed in the context of Skyler's relationships with her husband and law enforcement, but they are evident in her character's vilification by ...
 
 
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