In the first season of “Greys Anatomy,” a new breed of female equestrians were introduced to the world.
As the show progressed, a number of female riders became popular, including Lela (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who went on to become a successful horse trainer and a top horse trainer in the U.S. However, the show’s lead character, Dr. Jane Doe (Sandra Oh), has remained an object of scorn from many viewers.
And while fans of the show have come to love her, there are some who believe she could have done a better job in the role.
Now, a new book by Sarah Marr, a longtime horse trainer, looks at why Jane Doe is so beloved.
The book is titled “Grey, and the Quest for Gender Equality in Equine Sports” and it’s available for pre-order from Amazon.
The author has spoken to the author of the book, which is titled, “Jane Doe: The Race and the Politics of Female Equine Athletes,” to get her take on the topic.
Marr says that Jane Doe “is an icon, a feminist icon, for many of us, as she’s been portrayed in countless movies, TV shows, and on the cover of magazines and books.”
Marr explains that when Jane Doe first appeared on the show in season one, she was portrayed as a woman in a “white lab coat.”
Marr explains, “The character was not necessarily the most well-rounded or intelligent of the female athletes on the field, but she was certainly the most likable.
She was an underdog, she’d have the confidence of a boy, and she had a great sense of humor.”
Marrs points out that the idea of “white coat” women wasn’t a new one, but the concept had not yet been discussed.
“It was not an obvious concept,” Marr says.
“It was also not widely discussed until Jane Doe appeared on ‘Grey’s,’ and suddenly, it became the norm.
It was a little bit of a surprise to the general public.”
In the first half of the 20th century, female athletes, particularly professional horse trainers, began to embrace and adopt “white coats.”
According to Marr’s book, in the 1930s and 1940s, a group of female horse trainers were known as the White Horse Club, which included Jane Doe.
Marrs explains that “White Coat” women were considered the “cool” ones, and they often were the ones who brought in the best horse trainers.
But as the 1940s rolled into the 1950s, Jane Doe began to take a backseat to the other female athletes.
Mars explains, “[Jane Doe] was a very interesting character.
She had this great ability to talk and to laugh, but her heart was still in the game.
She could make a lot of money off of her horse training, and that was important, because she was an animal trainer.”
As the 1970s rolled along, Jane’s influence was less apparent, and “White Horse Club” faded into the background.
But it’s not clear why.
Marr thinks the show may have played into the minds of many viewers that Jane could be anything she wanted.
“As time passed, we learned more about her as an animal scientist, and as a human being,” Marrs explains.
“She was not perfect.
She did have some flaws, but I think it was more of a perception than anything else.
It’s probably not a coincidence that when the show ended, she had died.”
Marres believes the series’ portrayal of Jane Doe was meant to be “symbolic,” as she says the character had a “feminist perspective.”
“Jane Doe was a woman who was able to do a lot and did things that other people were not able to, and I think that was part of the story of her life,” Marris says.
Marries also believes that the show could have played up Jane’s accomplishments in a more positive light.
“When you think about Jane Doe, you think of the fact that she’s a professional horse trainer,” Marers explains.
But, she says, “I think the show also used her as a symbol of what female equine athletes are.
We have a lot more women than male equine trainers.
That’s not a bad thing.
But I think the more negative it was about her, the more it was able and ready to exploit it.””
Grey’s” season four premiere airs Wednesday, May 25 on ABC.