Gender And Sexuality On Television Essay

801 Words May 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Television is a widespread influence upon society and the animated sitcom holds potential for progress within its colorful content. It’s evident with on-air shows such as Family Guy, The Simpsons, and South Park that there is an appeal that has been able to hold onto audiences no matter the time or age. Children and adults are able to enjoy cartoons and the satirical wit that has been drawn into them. These cartoons have crafted together a perfect balance of reality and fantasy. The audience enjoys seeing a colorful distorted image of themselves on the television screen, this separated similarity allows people to laugh, scoff or admire at themselves. However, cartoon has often fallen at fault to common patriarchal ideologies. There has been a struggle to accurately represent the concept of gender and sexuality on television. Television reflects only a certain, shallow perspective on how the world is and how it should be. This research paper explores the development of animated sitcoms with the concepts of gender and sexuality by examining the latest popular show Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers has the same structure of the typical animated sitcom, but the embracing acceptance each character has towards one another and themselves shows great possibilities.
The media has set standards that are far too narrow for things as broad and complex as gender or sexuality. Women are expected to provide when it comes to sex, on-screen and off. Sexual pleasure is something that must be…

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