Gender Roles In Bob's Burgers

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There is no shortage of programs to watch on television today. While many shows have different variables when it comes to the circumstances or world the characters live in, the formula and roles for the characters is generally the same across the board. Also, many shows still use internalized racism and sexism to deliver cheap jokes to their audiences, although some shows have strayed from this formula to become even better than the aforementioned programs. Bob’s Burgers is a relatable television show that portrays a healthy family, while disregarding commonly accepted gender roles and stereotypes. Bob’s Burgers is relatable in many ways. One of the most relatable characters on the show is Tina Belcher. Tina is a thirteen year old girl who is navigating…show more content…
When Tina realizes everyone else at school is shaving their legs, Linda is preoccupied with trying to bond with their daughter, Louise, so Bob takes Tina to get her legs waxed. When Tina is afraid, Bob gets his legs waxed with her, holding her hand the entire time. Then, when Gene wants to get his legs waxed as well, Bob simply turns around to go back to the salon without batting an eye. Many gender roles are lost on Gene, who frequently gossips and goes shopping with Linda, but also loves fart sounds and the typically gross humor of a young boy. In summary, Bob’s Burgers is a light-hearted show about a healthy family who loves and accepts their children no matter what. There is a spectrum of different characters that are relatable to many viewers, and the characters stand alone without being written in solely for the purpose of being a stereotype or punchline. Many typical societal roles are broken down and disregarded, without the show ever feeling too serious or heavy. All in all, Bob’s Burgers is a relatable television show that portrays a healthy family, while disregarding commonly accepted gender roles and

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