What Netflix’s ‘Baby Reindeer’ Can Teach Us About Boundaries

What Netflix’s ‘Baby Reindeer’ Can Teach Us About Boundaries

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he most popular TV show of recent times, Netflix’s Baby Reindeer, has drawn viewers in with its dark humor and unsettling portrayal of a stalker-victim dynamic. However, beneath the comedic facade lies a powerful message about boundaries, both personal and societal. By examining the manipulative relationship between Martha and Donny, Baby Reindeer compels us to reflect on how we establish and maintain healthy boundaries in our lives.

The series opens with a seemingly innocuous act of kindness: Donny, a struggling comedian, offers a cup of tea to a distraught Martha. This small gesture sets the stage for a gradual erosion of boundaries. Martha becomes a regular, showering Donny with unwanted attention and increasingly personal stories. Her nickname for him, Baby Reindeer, is both endearing and unsettling, hinting at a possessiveness that goes beyond friendship.

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Donny’s initial discomfort is subtle. He politely deflects Martha’s advances but avoids confrontation. This is a crucial point: the show highlights how easy it is to let boundaries slide, especially when faced with someone seemingly harmless or even vulnerable.

As the series progresses, Martha’s…

Collins Badewa
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