Whatever Happened to Fast Talking Dames?
DiBattista's description of a fast talking dame captures the character of Cristina Yang as portrayed in Grey’s Anatomy (2005-2012). Throughout the television series, Yang is depicted as confident, smart and witty. She goes for what she believes in and pursues the best men for relationships. As an intern, she haves a love relationship with an attending surgeon but she never gives up her dreams in sacrifice for a relationship. This is evident when she had an abortion; she believed pregnancy and motherhood was a barrier to her becoming a successful surgeon. On several occasions, her colleagues and friends described her as a robot due to her accuracy and ambition (ABC 1).
Towards the end of third season, Yang’s fiancée proposes to her but it takes her a long time to accept his hand in marriage. Her fiancée later cancels the wedding after realizing that Yang was not ready to settle for ...view middle of the document...
Yang enjoyed her life as a student in medical school, as an intern and as a resident at the hospital. After her failed marriage, she proceeds to go for honeymoon with her best friend and colleague. She is the kind of a woman who haves fun at what she does; this makes her excellent. She is excited by surgeries and beats her fellow interns in participating in the best surgeries with the best doctors. Yang’s character on several occasions is daring, cheeky and quick witted (Altmann 1). During a race for the position of the chief resident, she puts on adult diapers to survive long hours in surgery.
Yang gets her male partners, all powerful men, but still gets her say. After getting pregnant twice, she schedules an abortion against the will of her fiancées, all who are successful surgeons and older. This is in line with her believes and dreams of becoming a successful cardiothoracic surgeon and becoming a parent would compromise her dream. On several occasions, she declares that she is married to cardio as a specialty and that she is not going to give up her happiness. As a capable professional woman, Yang challenges and beats her male colleagues. She is a fast learner as depicted by her unique ability to help her attending surgeon when his hand had not recovered from surgery (ABC 1).
Yang is portrayed as flexible and secure; she is willing to sacrifice her fiancée to her attending and her teacher to excel in her career. While with her colleagues and fellow interns, she is interesting and humorous. Her personality and character is undisputable match of DiBattista's description of the Fast Talking Dames. Unlike many career women, Yang’s happiness is not tied to her love relationships but to her career. She is emotionally disconnected but she has a competitive, sweet, smart and a caring personality (Altmann 1).
ABC. Grey's Anatomy Cristina Yang Played by Sandra Oh. 1 September 2012. Web. 4 October 2012.
Altmann, Jennifer Greenstein. Whatever happened to fast-talking dames? DiBattista looks at Hollywood heroines of the '30s and '40s. 19 November 2001. Web. 4 October 2012.
DiBattista, Maria. Fast-Talking Dames. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001. Print.