I really used to like this show… A lot.
But, this episode is ridiculous.
Jae decides to go to college. Michael forbids her from going to school because she has responsibilities at home to “take care of Michael and the children, cooking and cleaning.”
They go to a psychologist, psychologist says Michael is in the wrong, BUT. He’s not in the wrong for not wanting her to go to school. He’s in the wrong because his “inner child is upset that the Jae’s world isn’t revolving around” him. So, that makes his outright sexist behavior excusable, because it’s only natural for a man to want to be the bread-winner and a woman should want to stay at home.
(Insert a completely inappropriate joke about childhood sexual molestation, mixed with a little rape apologism.)
Jae continues going to school, comes home from school, finds the house in a mess, and Michael bitches about the house being in shambles. Yet, Michael and the kids do ABSOLUTELY nothing to help clean things up.
Jae then starts getting “delusions of grandeur” because she’s taking a college psychology and diagnosing everyone (This part was actually mildly funny, but an over used joke in sitcoms). So, in the end of the episode, Jae says he’s going to help out, because oh… It’s his responsibility, and HE LOVES HER. He also says “I don’t have to like you going to school. I still don’t want you to, but we have to compromise.”
So, she says she’s going to cut back on hours at school, because she wants to take care of her family.
Am I the only one seeing the blatantly misogynistic and sexist messages in this show?
I mean, I don’t like to go looking for sexist things to bitch about. But, that was just ridiculous. They portrayed Jae as the one in the wrong for wanting to pursue a higher education, but a compromise was made that would make Jae go to school less, so that she can handle her “responsibilities as a wife and mother,” with Michael and the kids simply helping out, which they apparently have not been doing until now. Michael will still have his “rightful” position as main bread-winner, but Jae would be forced back into her subordinate role as a typical home-maker, going to college for fun. No, no no. Not to better herself, but because, as Michael seems to imply, for fun. Because of this, it’s no threat to Michael in his dominant position, and as long as she’s doing her duties, it’s acceptable, and he’ll allow it.
/end mildly irritated feminist rant about an excruciatingly sexist sitcom.
reblogging myself because this was a damn good post.