Gender in the Media on Thursday:
Ever notice those comedy shows on TV? You know the ones. There’s a funny guy, a comedian, a guy’s guy. And he’s so funny that they give him his own show. But…he’s not much to look at; he’s pudgy, short, and not so hot, but he sure is funny. So how can they give him a show and get people to watch him? I mean, who the heck wants to watch an unattractive guy, albeit funny, on TV? If you give him a hot wife, everyone will watch. But which demographic is the hot wife intended for? Not the women. I suppose it’s the men. They want to watch the funny guy and laugh at his punchlines, but they need a hot woman to gaze at and fantasize about while they are laughing. Enter hot wife with funny punchlines. The wife has to be funny, too, but she also has to be very attractive. Want some examples?
The King of Queens starring Kevin James and Leah Remini:
According to Jim starring James Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith:
Everybody Loves Raymond starring Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton:
George Lopez starring George Lopez and Constance Marie:
The objective in pointing this out: how these shows use female sexuality to seduce the viewers to watch men who are funny, but not good looking. In other words, female actresses are being used to give ratings to the funny fat guys. They’re the eye candy, the bait, and they provide the sexual tension the men who watch these shows need. They’re mere sexual props in spite of the fact that they are brilliant and funny women. They’re like the cheerleaders at a football game: they provide the sexual component of the game. Without the women and their sexual presence, why would men turn on the TV every week and watch a fat funny guy run off his mouth? It’s not a very empowering place to be for these women. At least not from where I stand…
Can you think of any other shows that portray similar representations of femininity?
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