Here’s what I learned from TV: if you’re a guy and you go to med school, you’ll probably end up saving lives; if you’re a woman, you’ll probably end up cutting up corpses.
Seriously. You can’t swing a dead body in the world of crime television without hitting a female Medical Examiner. At first I thought it was just the endless re-runs of Law & Order: SVU starring Tamara Tunie, but I was wrong. No sooner did I switch channels than I ran across Khandi Alexander sweet-talking the dead on CSI: Miami. Which might make you think that all female MEs are in spin-offs and/or stuck in syndication. But no, there’s also Medical Examiner Lanie Parish on Castle, played by Tamala Jones.
And those are just the secondary characters! Rizzoli and Isles, Crossing Jordan and Body of Proof all feature female ME’s in lead roles.
So you know how they say that if you die in dreams, you die in life? Well, apparently, if you die on TV, you get sliced and diced by a woman. Something to consider.