Stereotypes In The Simpsons

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To begin, McMahon argument that The Simpsons can “educate on what it teaches” (215) in this episode of The Simpsons “Lisa on Ice” occurs with stereotypes on the show. For, example when the school bullies asked Bart “Nice PJs, Simpson. Did your mommy buy 'em for ya?” (Scully, 1994) and Bart’s response was “Of course she did. Who else would have?” (Scully, 1994) This conforms to the stereotype that mothers do most of the shopping in the house. That consist of buying clothes, food etc. According to Sheconomy (Holland, 2016) mothers make 85% of the purchasing decisions. This show viewer’s the stereotype in a playful way using comedy. Another stereotype that is gender specific is when Lisa and Bart are treated differently when they both …show more content…
The way The Simpsons educate on these stereotype even though they conform are by showing it to viewers as subliminal message. In a way of saying this stereotype is bad so stop doing without actually saying. It also can cause viewers to think more in depth about the stereotypes that are made. To further Jennifer McMahon argument that The Simpsons can “educate on what it teaches” (215) in this specific episode of “Lisa on Ice” shows the stereotype of women place in sports. When Lisa has to try out for a sport outside of her school to prevent her from failing gym and getting her first “F”. After numerous of failed attempts to find a sport it’s portrayed that Lisa bad in every sports she tries out for. Which goes along with the stereotype that sports are more dominated by men than women. This stereotype even goes as far to say what sports women can and should not take part in because they are either male dominated and or to manly as one article said sports such as “…..MMA, and hockey have been perceived as “manly” sports, and many feel that women should not participate …show more content…
This comes into play when Bart and Lisa have a game against each other being that they are on different hockey teams. Naturally viewers are expecting Bart or Lisa to win that the rivalry between them will cause them to conform. Being that animosity towards each other escalated up until the big game, but viewers were not expecting that they would both will forfeit the game. This goes against the stereotype that with sibling rivalry that there has to be a wining sibling. Which upset onlookers in the show when Lisa and Bart didn’t conform to sibling rivalry like they thought they would. This educates viewers by showing that siblings can overcome their differences to the point of reconciliation. Which can be achieved by one particular step from FamilyShare blog “5 steps for teaching children to resolve conflict” (FamilyShare, 2016) mentions a few steps on how sibling should resolve conflict, and one of the steps were “soul searching and acknowledgment of wrong.” (FamilyShare, 2016) This was achieved when Bart and Lisa remembered the times when they were able to help each other out, and most importantly that it didn’t matter who won the game. That only important thing to them were their relationship as brother and

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