Conformity” where women proceeded to follow society’s gender rules and complied with their expectations. Question 2: Watch an episode of a 1950’s sitcom such as Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, Leave It To Beaver, or I Love Lucy. Analyze the extent to which it reveals both positive and negative aspects of the 1950s that Coontz discusses (for example, an authoritarian father figure, limited roles for wives, economic prosperity, and a sense of a secure community.) After watching an episode of I Love Lucy about Lucy going to Mexico with Ethel and Fred while Ricky was at rehearsal, I saw many aspects of the 1950s that Coontz discussed. There wasn’t really an authoritarian father figure but there was an authoritarian husband/spouse figure (Ricky Ricardo). You could tell that during most of the conversations with Lucy, he would be telling her what to do and when to do it, and she would abide. In this specific episode you could see that Lucy didn’t do much but stay at home, while Ricky was working because it took her a
little bit to come up with the idea to go to Mexico. She had all this free time while Ricky was rushing to work. As for economic prosperity, since Lucy wasn’t working and the car shown in the episode was fairly new/nice, I think it’s safe to assume they were somewhat economically prosperous.
Hayden Jump Writing 1, Prof. Burt 8/28/18 “The Color of Family Ties: Race, Class, Gender, and Extended Family Involvement” Question 1: In paragraph 1, why might politicians and social commentators mean when they describe black and Latina/o families as “more disorganized” than white families? How accurate is this label in Gerstel and Sarkisian’s view? Why might a politician find the term “disorganized” useful? Politicians and social commentators describe black and Latina/o families as “more disorganized” then white families because of the stereotypes tagged to them. Hispanics and blacks are usually reported on in crime, immigration, or drug-related stories way more than their accomplishments. They are viewed on a completely different levels as whites are. Whites are
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