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“Leave it to Beaver” and “Ozzie and Harriet” American Families in the 1950s By Stephanie Coontz Due 3-12-2012 PART I: Coontz argues that although social, economic, and racial changes were being made in America in the 1950s, the media was in denial of this diversity. This denial was apparent on television programs where families were portrayed as white and middle- class. The “good old days” were portrayed as a healthy marriage between young spouses (the husband with a stable career and the woman a stay-at-home wife), suburban life and booming consumerism. PART II: According to the textbook, “The media images of women and men reflect and reproduce a whole set of stereotypical but changing gender roles” (pg. 202). This quote is in direct connection with the television programs that aired depicting families in the 1950s. Media, dominated by men, was showing how men would prefer their home life to be, although it wasn’t very accurate to real life. According to Coontz, “a successful
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course COM 354* taught by Professor Lizellcessor during the Fall '12 term at Miami University.

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