1990s Feminism

By: Sarah Boyce

While watching sitcoms from the 1990s, it made me realize how greatly feminism has improved from previous sitcoms we have seen. In Seinfeld, Cybill, and Sex and the City, we can see the new representation of women and the equality they are beginning to achieve. In Seinfeld, I liked how Elise is “one of the men.” She spends every day with this group of guys, and no one really questions it. They respect her for who she is, and treat her as an equal. They all participate in activities together and even talk (and bet) on their sex lives. Can you imagine Lucille Ball getting together with guys to talk about her sex life? No.  Cybill also shows a different kind of liberal feminism. In the essay “Cybill: Privileging Liberal Feminism in Daily Sitcom Life,” we read that Cybill often stands up against her bosses for not sleeping with them to get a job. She is not particularly looking for a husband, but dating for the sake of herself. This is also one series that deals with post-divorce relationships, especially with the men still present in her life. She represents a kind of woman that can stand up for herself which is a great improvement to women’s roles in television.  Lastly, Sex and the City has discussions that we have not encountered before. This show makes connections between female sexual desires and consumerism. It shows viewers the kind of feminism where women can be proud of who they are and talk openly about their sex lives.

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One Response to 1990s Feminism

  1. marymdalton says:

    I had to chuckle at that reference to I Love Lucy — no! I could not imagine that!!

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