My flatmate and I just finished watching this series.
We binge watched the whole thing this evening.
Z: The Beginning of Everything is a bio-Season of the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Southern Belle turned flapper, writer and icon of modern feminism.
I never knew about the woman behind the author, Scott Fitzgerald, who is most famous from the book The Great Gatsby.
Here is an interesting article that I read about Zelda: Zelda Wasn’t ‘Crazy’: How What You Don’t Know About Fitzgerald Tells Us Something About ‘Crazy’ Women, Then and Now.
"There are the stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unparalleled tolerance for alcohol. His relationships with Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy Parker figure prominently into the ways he is remembered, too. But his marriage to Zelda Sayre is also part of Fitzgerald lore, notable for one fact in particular: Zelda was crazy. At least, that’s how the story goes.
“Crazy” is a gendered trope. Arguably, calling women “crazy” is the most commonly-used strategy for stereotyping and devaluing us. (It’s also a label that functions to stigmatize mental illness.) Consider Yashir Ali’s “A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not ‘Crazy.’” Ali explores gaslighting, a subtle process of emotional manipulation regularly used to convince women that our reaction is an overreaction. As Ali notes, “Whether gaslighting is conscious or not, it produces the same result: It renders some women emotionally mute.”"
-The Huffington Post by Heather Laine Talley