Gender Roles In Sitcoms Essay

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Gender roles are stereotypes of what a certain gender should behave as like how males are masculine, dumb and tough while females are dainty, smart and are usually shown in need of a man’s help. Gender roles have become prominent in television shows like sitcoms. The stereotypes in sitcoms are that the man is dumb, hopeless and prioritized things like beer and sports while the women were shown as perfect housewives that are smarter than the husband and prioritized things like family. “Married…With Children” is a sitcom that follows the stereotypes of gender roles but also defies it. In this episode of “Married…With Children” shows how the stereotypes of gender roles are followed but also how they break it.
In the pilot episode it shows Al Bundy,
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She is shown in the beginning to be cooking for her kids and Al. Peggy is a housewife that is similar to what is described by Judy Brady in her satirical essay, “I Want a Wife” but also different to what she describes. An example of how she is different and also similar in the essay by Judy Brady would be, “I want a wife who cooks the meals, a wife who is a good cook. I want a wife who will plan the menus, do the necessary grocery shopping, prepare the meals, serve them pleasantly, and then do the cleaning up while I do my studying.” (590). While she is a housewife, she is not a typical housewife. Peggy does do the household chores but not exactly as a perfect cook or doing all the necessary grocery shopping considering Al asked her to buy juice but instead of doing it what she did was ask Al if he can just stop by the grocery store on the way home from …show more content…
Peggy insults how Al is the reason they don’t have friends because of how he puts his hands down his pants, how Al can’t use the restroom because somebody might need to use it too, and how doing Al’s laundry a full time job. Al and Peggy make fun and manipulate the neighbors. When the neighbors came over Al made fun of the husband, Steve, because of the fact that his wife controls him and doesn’t let him watch sports. Peggy and Al talk to them separately. Peggy talking about how controlling their husbands while Al talked to Steve about how his son will grow up to be a sissy if he doesn’t watch sports. During the entire episode a laugh track pops up whenever they make jokes like how Stafford mentions in his article “TV Sitcoms and Gender” (P.2). I believe that they make jokes toward each other as a way to enjoy their marriage and to get through the day. I believe this mostly because at the end of the episode they actually get along and even end up going to bed

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