I started thinking back to the old shows after a discussion of an 80s classic, and I came to an interesting realization. The media seems to be obsessed with the contrasting peer characters of that of a “princess” (one who always has to look pretty, often snobby, and usually thinks mostly of boys) and a “tomboy” (hates makeup, athletic, often has a masculine name/nickname, and gets in your face if you piss them off).
The first show I thought of was The Facts of Life with Jo (“tomboy”) and Blaire (“princess”). But what really started to fascinate me were the shows where there are just two women regulars. Hey Dude had two female stars: Melody (“princess”) and Brad (“tomboy”). More recently, That 70s Show has Donna (“tomboy”) and Jackie (“princess”).
For these shows, I wonder why the director/writers chose this “˜competition’ of character. Is it just an ‘oldie but goodie’? Does it make it easier on the writers to write comedy? Or are these two categories the media’s preference, more or less, of what they imagine women fall into, but these are just the extremes?
*Shudder* I hope not.