Why did we have to justify the presence of a female hero with a villain that only women can properly fight? I wonder if the guest star had been Rhodey, Fandral, or Volstagg whether the episode would have needed to establish why only they were ordered to bring back the prisoner.
Is the problem that Lorelei is such a dumb trope, a villain whose powers are only a credible threat in a society where men fight and women don’t? Or is it that SHIELD isn’t doing anything interesting with her? Men have an “inherent weakness” that Lorelei exploits, and her powers make them slaves to their lust for her. Why, men having a natural lust that they cannot control (and one that can force them to abuse their female loved ones), that’s not at all a basic tenet of rape culture. That’s really my primary problem with this episode, not that Lorelei is kinda sexist, but that she was sexist in such a boring, obvious, easily noticeable and avoidable way.
Here, let me rewrite this so that it’s not incredibly cliché. Lorelei’s power affects anyone who could be sexually attracted to her, straight, gay, bi, whatever. Keep nearly everything else in the episode the same: keep…”—Agents of SHIELD Recap: “Yes Men”