I absolutely loath this whole discussion about Alicia being “selfish”. What has she done that is so selfish? She stood by and supported her partner in his election campaign. She made decisions based on building her future and advancing her career as part of a new team. She has worked hard to provide for those who depend on her personally and professionally. She put her family and her career ahead of her personal desires. What has she done that is so selfish?
Oh, right. She’s a WOMAN doing these things. Silly me. She’s not constantly giving in to what the menfolk in her life want, sublimating her goals and ideas in order to fulfill their vision of how things should work. So she’s selfish because she’s not doing what Peter wants her to do? Because she didn’t do what Will wanted her to do? Because she did it her way and on her terms? Yeah, what a selfish bitch. How dare she want to exercise control over her own life?!
"Selfish" is another one of those shaming words that is used against women when they aren’t falling in line with traditional gender roles or submitting to social expectations. No one would have called Will or Peter selfish for starting a new firm. No one would have called Peter or Will selfish for choosing to end a relationship/affair, or prioritizing their family and career over the desires of another person.