Modern Family and Gender Roles

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Throughout the history of the human race, stereotypes have developed for quite literally every type of person in society: male, female, white, black, straight, and homosexual. These stereotypes are subtly shown, but noticeable nonetheless in the popular television show Modern Family. The sitcom documents the daily life of a fictitious “modern” family, consisting of a common Caucasian family, a gay couple, and a young-wife-older-husband couple, all of whom are related. The stereotypes of the Dunphy family, particularly Claire, stand out as she fulfills the expected stereotypical role of a stay-at-home mother, her family constantly teasing her and her consistent attempts to contain her family to be a normal family. Being a stay-at-home mother who doesn’t hold a job, Claire depends completely on her husband Phil in terms of income, which is identical to countless other TV shows. Claire’s character is based around this stereotypical image of women in television: no contribution to the household financially, and the classic characteristics of motherhood. In the episode “Phil’s New Car,” Claire tells Phil to go buy a car that is fit for the family, and gets upset with him when he returns with a sports car, clearly unsuitable for their family of five. Claire, completely concerned with Phil’s decision, berates him, showing her attribute for wanting the entire family to travel together. In response to Claire’s natural motherly character, the rest of her family makes fun of her, constantly ostracizing her for attempting to perform her motherly duties. When, in another episode, the town’s local paper pronounced her “angry and unlikeable,” the rest of the Dunphys coerced her—rather forcibly—to practice debating so that they could ruthlessly point out every fault. While the scene is intended to be entertaining, it reveals the sorry situation that many stereotypical…...

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