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Gender Issues in Cartoons Gendered roles are evident in all forms of the media For my research I decided to view the gender construction in cartoons After viewing the Cartoon Network for a day I decided that Dexters Laboratory would be the best show to document the gender roles and common ideologies of men and women in society Dexters Laboratory is based on the tale of a child genius A small red-headed boy genius Dexter lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood with his mother father and older sister Dee Dee Quite often Dexter slips away to his fully-equipped bedroom laboratory to solve problems ranging from saving the world to defeating schoolyard bullies Dexter is sometimes left struggling to fix or clean up the damage done to his laboratory by his older sibling Dee Dee does not share Dexters passion for science preferring instead to be an adorable ballet dancer Dee Dee often times throws a monkey wrench into Dexters great plans She breaks into Dexters lab and always seems to cause trouble because of her lack of knowledge in the science field Dexter tells Dee Dee dont press that button Dee Dee you dont know what you are doing When the characters are shown in a school environment Dee Dee who is older than Dexter is always shown in the classroom with Dexters young classmates This cartoon illustrates some common roles that men and women are put in by the media First the boy Dexter is smart and is pursuing a career in science Dee Dee is shown to be the dumb blonde whos only ambition is to be a ballerina Her lack of intelligence is also shown by her being in the classroom with younger children This construction of the characters abilities is central to the views of women being inferior and simple-minded versus men who are smart and use their skills in a more efficeint
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