Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers for The Addams Family properties. We’ll be focusing on the live-action versions of the franchise.
Morticia Addams (Carolyn Jones in the TV show, Anjelica Huston in the films) is the wife of Gomez Addams (John Astin in the TV show, Raul Juliá in the films). She has two children named Wednesday and Pugsley. Her family resides in a Gothic mansion with an impressive amount of wealth. Fun fact: Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family newspaper cartoons, based Morticia on his real-life wife Barbara Jean Day. He liked the name “Morticia” because it closely resembled “mortician.”
Now, both TV and film properties made modifications to Morticia’s familial relations, but her character remained mostly the same throughout. Morticia loves tending to her garden and has an affinity for cutting rosebuds off their stems.
Additionally, she spends much of her time seducing Gomez by speaking French and pursuing her own interests. She adores fencing, playing with the family pet lion, knitting sweaters with three sleeves, writing books, and cooking peculiar concoctions for her family. According to the television series, Morticia’s family tree can be traced back to Salem, Massachusetts amid the Salem Witch Trials. Morticia’s potential witchcraft ties are alluded to throughout the show’s tenure.
The Real Deal:
Now, Morticia is the real deal. Morticia existed on screen during a time when being strange and unusual was frowned upon. Despite her imposing appearance, Morticia has a big heart. She is wholly loving and accepting of everyone. Her predilection for darkness never puts a damper on how she treats others. Morticia, especially in the ’60s TV series, is a trailblazer. She’s an independent woman who doesn’t incessantly rely on her husband. If she wants something, she goes for it. She’s immensely intelligent and has a unique perspective on life.
In fact, in one episode of the show Morticia decides to pursue art. Another episode found Morticia getting her book published. Not to mention, she never allows naysayers passage inside her head. She is who she is — a loving woman, mother, and wife who just so happens to enjoy a gloomy sky and wearing all black.
Why She Matters:
So, why does she matter? The Addams Family TV show and films were on the air prior to everyone undergoing the “woke” treatment. Imagine little girls in the ’60s watching Morticia marching to the beat of her own Gothic drum. These girls, who’ve been conditioned to believe their ambitions lie in marriage and procreation, could see a woman being her own person. Yes, she too was married. But Morticia didn’t find her identity in Gomez. She blossomed (or wilted) all on her own. Sure, outsiders constantly judged the Addams clan for being different. However, Morticia and her family never let that negativity affect them. She lived her life for herself. I think we can all take a page out of her book.
Be like Morticia. Don’t let the naysayers get you down. Never judge a book by its cover. Never find your worth or identity in someone else. Be unapologetically you. Oh, and invest in a sentient hand to carry your mail. Mailboxes aren’t en vogue anymore.
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