Rosanne and Lucy


Maddy Eldredge

As I read the Rosanne chapter, I found myself comparing it to I Love Lucy. Both shows are extremely important in regards to feminism, especially during their time. However, they portray feminism in completely different ways. Rosanne Conner is almost indistinguishable from Rosanne Barr. She uses her well known off-screen personality to make her character powerful and likable. Rosanne Barr also considers herself the author of the show. This is important because the show’s perspective is one of a middle-aged, overweight woman, which was very uncommon. Lucille Ball, however, is very different than her onscreen character Lucy Ricardo. So much so that the show may have been the only way for her to know what it would be like to have a domestic family life like the one in I Love Lucy. Unlike Rosanne, Lucy is constantly pushing boundaries and  trying to break out of typical gender roles for her time. I thought it was interesting that two shows that are considered successfully feminist star two women who are housewives. I think by putting them in this role, we can see how they might be faced with and overcome the stereotypes of being a housewife and as a mom.

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3 Responses to Rosanne and Lucy

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I feel that this is an interesting observation. In many Lucy and Roseanne are indeed very much alike as they are try to break boundaries that have already been established within society of what women should represent. I think Roseanne is a special case as she also defies sexuality since many people have been questioning about that throughout the show. Instead of saying anything outright she instead using her acting and writing skills to say for her to society what giving a public announcement would not.
    -Kim Bowen

  2. marymdalton says:

    I think Roseanne pushing boundaries, too, but not in terms of her schemes to escape the domestic sphere. Roseanne pushes boundaries with her very presence as a working class, large woman who disrupts preconceptions of the audience.

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