Reading Purity in the wake of everything that is happening in the media and the news over sexual assault/harassment allegations made me examine certain scenes in more depth than I might have before. For instance, Pip, the heroine, remarks that the only reason that Igor hasn’t fired her yet was because he wanted to sleep with her, yet she is more worried about how she would be embarrassed by the encounter because he was handsome and wealthy. Later on, there’s a scene where he flirts with her for fun and he clarifies that he only did it for fun, but that he was happily married. Regardless of Pip’s own insecurities and issues, the framing of this thought is troublesome because of the power dynamic it lies in, where Igor is in a position of power over Pip as her employer. On another note, Martin and Annagret’s relationship seems to use misogyny as a funny point, where Martin’s hang ups over Annagret having female friends is used as an excuse for Martin to watch porn, and while it is viewed humorously in the text, the act of blaming the woman for a man’s actions made me uncomfortable. While these are only a few scenes and don’t take into account the eccentricity of the individual characters, it was interesting to note how differently such scenes reflected in context of the news happening right now.