I rarely enter into the world of the sitcom. However, I do check in occasionally, as it is a way to monitor the status of our pornified culture. Today, I watched, back-to-back, the first two episodes of ABC’s Work It.* The show is a triumph of “sex-positive” feminism and its ideological love affair with patriarchy. Alternatively, it is a triumph of patriarchy over feminisms of resistance.
The following is one snippet. Here, the wife-mother laughs along with the husband-father as he jokes about masturbating in the bathroom to pictures of women whose only consent is that they are simply women. (In rape culture, being a woman is considered consent in itself to be objects of men’s sexual release.)
Woman/wife/mother: “Say, Lee, why do I keep finding my women’s magazines in our bathroom.”
Teen daughter: “Oh gross, Dad. Get some real porn.”
Man/husband/father: “No, no, no! That’s not why….okay, that’s why.”
Husband: “Yeah, there’s some pretty hot stuff in there.”
Wife: “Oh, really, this does it for you: (reading from magazine) How to minimize your broad back.”
Husband (eyes closed, faking ecstasy): “Oh, yeah, baby, say it slower….”
(wife laughs—canned laughter)
The daughter, however, is not yet as sex-positively enlightened as her mother, and reflects a more traditional—and equally problematic—perspective. She only wants her dad to masturbate to pictures of prostituted women. She, like her mother, accepts dad’s predatorial sexuality, but desires that it be focused on a specific class of women—one that does not include her.
What a great new comedy. I laughed and laughed.
(put canned laughter here)
_______________________________*I was also curious about Work It for its mock “trans” plot line. Those aspects of the show are also extremely problematic, on so many levels.