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What makes a boy and what makes a girl Exaggerated characteristics or stereo types are often used to portray males and females as being different to each other Examples of this include dress style and colour verbal communication relationships and actions Such stereotypes are often portrayed and perpetuated in childrens television Good morning Ms Panetta and 904 Today I am going to be talking to you about the Flintstones The Flintstones is targeted at a childrens audience from ages between ages 3 and 10 although many older people seem to enjoy the show By watching and analyzing this program I have come to the conclusion that the Flintstones perpetuates out-of-date and obsolete stereotypes of how males and females should behave Unlike other childrens programs the Flintstones at first does not seem to be a sexist program Both male and female have relatively equal parts in the script and no people or groups are marginalized However there are still very definite constructions of masculinity and femininity that can be observed in the way the characters dress and act and in the jobs they perform For example the program implies that women always do the cooking and cleaning Not only does Wilma do the cleaning in her house but also when Fred tries to hire a housekeeper there are only women to choose from This program also gives the impression that men are the ones who should do all the corporate work and manual labour It is the male characters that run the agencies banks and the work sites Like most husbands Fred wants his wife whom is pregnant to take it easy He decides to hire some one to do the house keeping When Fred mentions this to his wife she immediately goes to the phone to call her mother Fred objects to Wilma calling his mother-in-law because as all Flintstone fans know Fred dislikes his wifes mother This is an example of a stereotypical male
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