She Was A Boss In Her Career
Joan was a lawyer up for Senior Partner in a predominately white male prestigious firm in LA. For a while she was the only black woman there. We watched her go through the same things we go through working in corporate America. Remember the episode she kept getting talked over, then when she did speak up she got dubbed as the angry black woman? Epic moment! How many times have you felt invisible in corporate America? It felt good for a character to be in tune with us. We could also admire a black woman with her own home and everything else. Remember when she decided to leave the firm? She did not leave because she was a quitter. She left because she was not happy there. She pursued the J-spot and it had a few struggles but became successful. Joan’s approach to her career exemplified tenacity and audacity. To top it all off she was not angry, loud, or any form of a stereotype she was just Joan. Joan who listened to Enya and couldn’t say no. Her little quirks proved that not all black women are exactly the same. Most of all, her success (finances) and her kind heart at times caused her friends to drain her financially and emotionally. At some points they leeched off her, which forced Joan to learn to tell those who she loved NO!
Her Love Life
Joan had a 3 month rule. I love the fact she valued and respected sexual intimacy. However she was a little over bearing and in a rush to get married. She dated a married guy, a sex addict, a man with big hips (too funny), a guy who did not want children and even an older man (he was really older). In this she displayed the importance (especially as black women) of never settling or giving up on what we know and want in relationships in order to keep a man. Each time the situation became too much she walked away.