1) So a while back, I tweeted an article about the male stereotypes that Hollywood needs to let go of and the sitcom dad was one of them. In light of pointing out the stereotype, and the way it points out those within it, I wanted to pay homage to a great sitcom husband/dad that is not this stereotype. That’s Red Forman from That 70’s Show. He’s has his own stereotype, the stoic and uninvolved dad. It’s appropriate for the stereotyped image that persists of men in this era. It was just done exceptionally well. Sometimes you could almost see the tenderness he’d rather show and other times you could see the beating he’d rather give. He knew what was going on with his kids, and he was consistent, but not always perfect. He didn’t pretend to be the perfect husband or father, but he did the best he could and he loved his family.
2) I am a big fan of old movies and sometimes I look back and wonder where all the progress went. Where did even the image that progress might happen go? One of my favorite movies as a child was I Was a Male War Bride starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan. It’s in black and white but it’s still well worth watching.
This scene is only a little extreme, but male military spouses are still treated in roughly the same manner. It’s like no one realizes that with 14% military women these days, some will marry civilians.
3) As far as women in media go, I’d like to take a minute to acknowledge that it is women in movies and television that set the public up to accept women in various other positions. The military stands out for me as a place where women are always featured in the media before they are accepted into positions in real life. They are normally found in routine military positions in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Superhero films well before they achieve similar positions in reality. A short list of characters that preceded reality:
a) Commander Uhura was a black female communications officer on the original Star Trek series. She depicted a woman on a combatant ship over 30 years before women were actually allowed to serve onboard combatant ships.
b) Agent Maria Hill who became the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Avengers while we still haven’t seen a female military director or secretary. Her character even prefaced the first female four star generals and admirals.
c) Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager appeared as the Captain of a combatant vessel 3 years before the U.S. Navy first appointed a woman as a captain of combatant ship.
These military milestones are referenced at: