Week 1 Blog Post
The past few weeks I have been binge watching Parks and Recreation after a friend suggested the show to me, and I cannot help myself to write about it because it is one of the best sitcoms I have seen.
Not only does every character on this show make me laugh hysterically, but I love how the show confronts political controversies. In a sense, Parks and Recreation is very blunt. The diversification of characters and social status of women challenge sitcom’s “norm.” These aspects of the show, however, are what catch my attention the most.
Character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) is the perfect example of how this show shatters stereotypes. Rather than depicting women as inferior or as a housewife, as sitcom’s usually do, Leslie is a hardworking, determined women with the mindset that she will be the first female president of the United States. And although Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman) is Leslie’s boss at the Parks and Recreation government office (suggesting superior over women), the show makes it clear that Leslie does most of the work and proves herself worthy of doing a man’s job. The humor of the show comes from the fact that Leslie is passionate about parks. Parks seem like a silly thing to be concerned about, so it took me a while to figure out whether to take Leslie seriously or as a joke. But while taking this class and watching Parks and Recreation more intently, it is clear that Leslie does have problems that draw connections to her gender; however, she represents something bigger: she is the main character of a very popular sitcom, and this allows her to confront and diminish sexist stereotypes. In my opinion, the big picture of this show is that Leslie is not bounded by her sex. She has authority in her office and she is respected as a good friend and hard-working women.
“Still from Parks and Recreation, “Kaboom” (Season 2, Episode 6, 2009.)