reply to post by muzzleflash
On the actual series I can't say too much, because I had better things to do in the 1990s, although I did see a few episodes (I recall one female
character dating a nudist, as she frantically tried to cover the furniture before it connected with his naked butt).
It was black comedy for housewives, or that's what I figured.
However, I recall seeing a sermon by a preacher on TBN who mentioned the series once, and he said it's a gender inversion - that is, the women act
like men in their relationships.
They date and occupy powerful jobs with very little emotional needs or attachments.
Thus, unless we assume that women inherently all have a need for more emotion and attachment, then men have long been portrayed like the women on the
Now a lot of comedy is based on some form of gender inversion (the husband living under the slipper or cake roller, for example, which inverts
widespread male violence against women).
Perhaps historically it was easier to portray men as the unattached player (see James Bond, for example) in a wide array of suggestive material,
ranging from heroes in a static age, to older men, but the notion was that some long-suffering wife or woman would always be waiting, or willing to
take him back after his "midlife crisis".
And indeed, that's what often happened in society.
Some women did it out of love, and some out of having no other option socially.
Of course men don't have a biological clock, and they also live shorter lives than women on average.
I know one woman who decided she wanted a child in her late 20s, and she had a fling to get pregnant, and the father is working on the cruise-liners,
totally unaware that he has a child aged about 5.
Women actually have a lot more power in a reproductive sense (while it lasts).
And hey, married or not, most likely a lot of women will end up like The Golden Girls
in any case.
And there's nothing wrong with that.
Blanche Devereaux - you go girl!
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