This afternoon, I was watching ‘Frasier’, which features one of my favourite TV characters, Roz Doyle. She’s a working woman with ambition, a single mum, who is both intelligent and witty. A love of beer and cards prevent her from being a typical female stereotype and her open love of sex, while some may say makes her appear to be at the beck and call of men, makes her to appear to me to be a true feminist. Some woman wouldn’t discuss sex – she is open and unashamed about it. However, she is not without flaws. Roz suffers from the same problems and obstacles which many women face every day. She is truly a ‘real’ woman, not two dimensional as so many female TV characters are. The way in which Roz is characterised is a reason why I admire, to an extent at least, the writers of ‘Frasier’.
However, the show also to me is a prime example of sexism being subliminal, perhaps even to a point where the writers are unconscious of it. Niles and Frasier repeatedly make fun of Roz’s active sex life. Roz works for Frasier, and is never actually given the promotion she strives for. In fact, at one point in the show, she turns down a job out of affection for her old job and Frasier. Although these are only small things, for me they represent the way in which discrimination has become ingrained in society. It is a subliminal message, but sometimes, those are the ones with the biggest impact.