Representation of men and women in TV, 1950-2000

by taricha on October 15, 2017 - 11:50pm


1. Identify 3 television shows to explain how men/dads/husbands have been depicted since the early days of TV (1950-2000)

- Father Knows Best 

- Good Times

- Malcolm in the Middle


2. What was unique about the Archie character in All In The Family? (NOTE: this show aired from 1971-1979)

Archie was a very simple yet complex character. His blatant ignorance in regards to various controversial topics and beliefs made him seem like a simple, yet his relentless efforts to defend his viewpoint, often pushing his narrative as righteous and using it as an opportunity to bash his children's political correctness. His main conflict is his inability to adapt to the progression of time and change in values within in his society, thus making feel as if he were trapped in a power struggle. This struggle leads to be very emotional due to the insecurity that stems from it, which then leads him to victimize himself, mistreat his family via gaslighting, so that he wouldn't have to change his ways. He particularly seems to capitalize on this by demeaning his wife, seeing as she's the "weakest link" in the family while showcasing the underlying animosity between him and his son in law, who seems to be the most opinionated on of them all, the strongest link and a threat to his manhood. It's odd seeing that accepting and learning would take less out of Archie than working against his ever-evolving environment. 

3. dentify 3 television shows to identify how women/moms/wives have been depicted since the early days of TV (1950-2000)

- Roseanne

- Fresh Prince of Bel'Air 

- The Parkers


4. How was  the “ideal” woman represented over time in TV; and, how and why did the representation change?

From early on the ideal woman was portrayed as a subservient, stay-at-home mum, who seemed to have no other real hobbies but master the art of household works, and being fruitful. As time went on, the feminist movement, the presence of women in major networks as writers, producers, etc, and the sheer boredom of content creator ensued a change for the better and worst relating to how women were seen on TV. Sooner or later, women either became strong-willed, untraditionally feminine, naggy, foolish, independent, single, and full of spunk, inspiring young women worldwide. The depiction of modern, average, realistic looking and sounding woman challenged society's idea of womanhood and its meaning, giving girls a better chance to define it for themselves. 





Taricha Butler

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