Gender Role Portrayals In Sitcoms

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The article “Beauty And The Patriarchal Beast: Gender Role Portrayals In Sitcoms Featuring Mismatched Couples” give the sense of two ideas. In the beginning of the article I got the idea that sitcoms or comedy represent feminist power more often now when compared to the olden days. The article used sitcoms form the olden days (1950s to the 1990s) and compare it to sitcoms today. They talked about how women are gain more power in sitcoms. “If any character on the show becomes the target of humor, it is the wife . . . suggesting that women have become the more powerful characters on sitcoms.”(Walsh, Kimberly, Elfriede, Bonnie, 124) This quote shows that in the olden day people would target women for humor, but that is the case. Begin the target…show more content…
Taylor is talks about Cohen how she hates the stereotype of how feminist cannot be funny. In the article Cohen is trying prove that women be funny. That is all being shown in this quote: "Feminists get a bad rap as having no sense of humor, and I want to counter that image". This is quote was from the quote that was something Cohen herself said. It shows that she very want to prove that comedy could represent feminist power and meanly feminist could be funny. However, Cohen proved them wrong by making comics using humor and feminism. Taylor also talks about Cohen is also writing about what women are facing like sexual assault in her comic. Cohen’s art shows feminist power with the use of comedy. Taylor is using Cohen as a feminist symbol; by showing use that we could do anything men could do through the example of Cohen. Showing that women/feminist can be funny. This article is trying to say that there needs to be feminist and that showing us feminist could do anything as long as we try. For example with Cohen, she didn’t like the idea that feminist can’t be fun so she decided to do something about…show more content…
It starts off by giving their opinion on humor. Afterwards the blogs goes into the idea that people (mostly women) are afraid of expressing their opinion publicly on the fact that the joke aren’t funny. “[m]aybe never said to anyone for fear of reprisal, for fear of being told they are humorless, hypersensitive, over-reactionary, boring. For fear of hearing in those words, “Oh, you’re such a girl,” and feeling that thing, that awful thing, in your gut, the shame of being a girl”. From the quote above you could clearly tell why women wouldn’t want to say out loud their own opinion, making them oppress their feeling by the use of fear. But I don’t understand how the phrase “Oh, you’re such a girl,” would affect a women that much since they are a girl? After that the blog talks about how comedy is used as a tool for shaming and silencing. “We’re meant to be shamed and silenced by the myth that jokes don’t matter”. From this quote we could tell that the blogger believe that jokes aren’t just used to be funny but also used as a tool to make fun of people as a result cause people to be silenced and shamed. And with that I could tell that the blogger do not believe comedy represent feminist power, but the
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