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Gender Roles in Television Shows

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Rogan Gowan-Day

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Gender Roles in Television 1. 1950s Timeline 1980s Today -Very traditional gender roles
-Mother takes care of the home
-Father works and disciplines children
-Not allowed to use the word "pregnant" demonstrates stigmatization of natural aspects of womanhood
Family Ties -Less traditional gender roles
-Both parents take care of the home
-Both parents have jobs -Less traditional gender roles
-Single woman pursues career and is less sensitive
-Man wants to start a family and is more sensitive 2. 3. Rogan Gowan-Day Feminism Feminism has helped to change gender roles in television shows. Modern television shows are more likely to depict independent women who serve a purposes besides taking care of the home. Psychoanalysis The gender roles that one sees on television could subconsciously influence the way in which they think about gender roles in relation to them self. Functionalism Gender roles in television are a part of gender roles in society as a whole. What is portrayed on television is true of society in general. Major Theories Gender Roles in Television Today There are more and less progressive television shows in terms of gender roles. While some are mostly successful in the exclusion of gender biases, there are many shows in which traditional gender roles are portrayed almost as much as in shows from 60 years ago. Modern family (Lloyd-Levitan Productions, 2009) and The Simpsons (Gracie Films, 1989) are just two examples of the many television shows with stay-at-home mothers and working fathers. Also, television shows tend to portray promiscuous men as being likeable, whereas they tend to frown upon promiscuous women. Promiscuous male characters such Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother (Bays & Thomas Productions, 2005) and Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men (Chuck Lorre Productions, 2003) are beloved characters. Promiscuous female characters such as Nancy Botwin (Waldman, Leslie D, 2005) from Weeds are less praised by the public.
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