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Everybody Loves Raymond is a television sitcom based on a seemingly typical modern American household The show is based around a loving but somewhat unequal marriage between Ray and Debbie Thrown into the mix is Rays overprotective mother his domineering father and his insecure brother Most or these characters play into the American perception of what a man or a woman should be Each personality has its own way of portraying ones gender in turn making the sitcom more appealing to Americans Ray is a portrayed as a stereotypical male He carries all of the traits that we are brought up to know a normal His interests are golf work and sex It is a replication of the medias fantasy of the real man tough guise As the dominant male figure he strives only for these few things but rarely succeeds in getting them because his wife makes most of the household decisions During the entire episode Ray is only seen doing housework once Unfortunately he is completely clueless as to what to do and Debbie has to take over This clearly shows that even though Ray is the dominant one in the house he is not required to do thing pertaining to housework and childcare In fact if Ray is asked to do something like that he complains and does everything he can to get out of it This behavior not only plays into what were expecting of a typical man but it also shows what we are to expect for a typical woman Women tend to spend at least fifteen more hours doing housework than men do 309 In the case of Rays wife Debbie she spends all of her day doing housework and taking care of the children which you never see during the episode Every time Debbie appears in a scene she is folding clothes doing dishes or taking care of other domestic issues About fifteen percent 157 of woman on
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