Analysis Of Abc 's Fice

1981 Words Dec 9th, 2016 8 Pages
As a predecessor of NBC’s The Office, both created by Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, Parks and Recreation (or P&R for short) had big shoes to fill. At first, the show did not impress many, and its ratings were low. The first season seemed not to have a place, like a show trying to be something it was not, until it found its footing. Feminism was the missing piece of the puzzle. The show went on to become a success- even more so than The Office. So what separates the two? P&R eventually gave us something The Office never did: real world issues, served up with clever wit. The fictional worlds most television shows take place in, are almost entirely post-feminist. Unlike these sexism-free utopias, P&R normalizes feminism, reminding us that it exists and is important; it is the stepping stone we need to further conversations about inequality. While the text of P&R is consistently the most obviously empowering aspect of the show, production practices and audience consumption are also rich with evidence of this series’ feminist potential. It’s important that I clarify that when I say feminism, I am talking about “liberal feminism,” or, “white feminism.” The kind of feminism you see in P&R is “women having a seat at the table,” or “breaking the glass ceiling” feminism. The show lacks intersectional views and never touches upon racial, class or LGBT issues. Whether or not the use of liberal feminism is problematic or not, is not what I am here to argue. I would like to reiterate…
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