The Unit

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CBS has a new show, apparently. I saw an ad for it yesterday while watching NCIS (which has its own set of male/female dynamics issues), in which various men were shown in dangerous, save-the-world situations while their wives were at home “keeping things together”. So…the men get to have grand adventures and be brave and noble and heroic, while the women get to pick out curtains.

Maybe that’s not what the show’s really about, but that’s the impression that I got. I won’t be watching.

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  1. Jennifer Kesler says

    I suspect that’s exactly what the show presents, if they’re aiming for middle-aged or older viewers. A lot of people are very comfortable with the idea that male heroics include bodily risk and female heroics include homemaking. Truthfully, homemaking is heroic, in real life, particularly when it comes to raising good kids – the problem for me is that these shows rarely put that message across, unless it’s about a dad, like Andy Griffith. So again, women can’t even triumph in their default social role.

    I think if they want a younger audience, they’ll need to have at least one homemaking guy and one life-risking woman, because that would be more true to reality nowadays.

  2. sbg says

    Truthfully, homemaking is heroic, in real life, particularly when it comes to raising good kids – the problem for me is that these shows rarely put that message across, unless it’s about a dad, like Andy Griffith.

    Oh, totally. There are exceptions, but on the whole…

  3. scarlett says

    I was telling my womens studies class (all women) that my hero is my mum. She works full time, studies part time and has taised four kids. The house is always a mess, but I fugre that’s my dad’s fault, because he’s home all day but appears to do jack-all (unless hanging out with the neighbours and doing odd jobs counts). The other women all agreed that was quite a role model; :p

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