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  1. Jun 2017
  2. Oct 2016
    1. Without her more feminine qualities, Bernadette would not appeal to Howard, though without her intelligence and career, he could not be cared for as well as he is.

      Author highlights this text to prove a point.

    2. Situation comedies reflect the front edge of progressiveness in responding to so-cial changes, while at the same time re-inforcing the social norms pushing up behind them.

      making progress in equality and gender stereotypes.

    3. Since her intelligence poses a potential threat to Howard’s masculin-ity, Bernadette subsumes it in order to preserve gender expectations

      Female intelligence poses a threat. Why is that?

    4. roles are thrust upon her, she resists. Furthermore, she assumes a more traditional masculine role in that she is the breadwinner and the financial manager, which suggests her power in the relationship.

      Because she is the breadwinner she is depicted as being the dominant one in the relationship as well as more masculine.

    5. Though, she, too, retains an awkardness related to intelligence, she still attempts to normalize Sheldon into a more traditional, masculine role

      Key words "traditional" "Masculine" "awkwardness related to intelligence.

    6. men exercised the power over the family, while women catered to supporting men’s needs.

      More stereotypes.

    7. Her naïvete is revealed through her mistakes in the lab, which border on potentially dangerous outcomes (such as crossing viruses) or on careless prac-tices (such as celebrating with contami-nated beakers). The comments evoke laughter about these mistakes, but an awkwardness about them remains.

      Female mistakes our often broadcasted through out the show as being comical or humorous.

    8. Bernadette’s career and achievements only get spo-ken of, and even then, those mentions usually bear some comedic implication

      Female success in show = comical

    9. One, these “comedic strategies” highlight social issues (Dow, “Femininity” 147). Two, while these strategies possess the potential to appear subversive or pro-gressive,

      Comedy in shows helps bring awareness of femininity and its social issues?

    10. Roles for female characters in early sitcoms were domestic ones, such as housekeeper and child care-taker as in I Love Lucy (1951–1957), The Brady Bunch (1969–1974), and Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963). These domestic restrictions limited the range of oppor-tunities and expression available in that these women received little power and supported others in their roles as wives and mothers (Dow, “Hegemony” 264).

      The Norm then; Still common now!