Sex and sexuality can be deadly. This message is one of the main undercurrents of The Americans, the fast-paced, highly intellectual drama featuring Soviet spies posing as a boring married couple in the Washington, D.C. area during the Reagan Administration.
The Americans, a new FX Network spy show developed by ex-CIA agent Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, illustrates the unique physical and psychological dangers that threaten women in espionage, the military, and law enforcement. In addition to the expected danger incurred in shoot-outs and international arms deals, the show's lead female character deals with the very real threat of rape.
On the show, as in real life, institutional sexism allows sexual assaults to persist the military. The Americans shows that unfortunately, for women, being in sexually hostile situations has for too long been a part of the job.