A surprise feminist television show? Roseanne. Roseanne was said to put a face to working-class feminism. In opposition to stick thin actresses playing secondary parts, Roseanne looks like the average woman. She is in obvious control of her household, a role model for her children, she works hard. She is a devoted wife, without being obsessed with her husband. It is a before-its-time look into working-class suburbia.

According to Wikipedia, Roseanne won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Kids Choice Award, and three American Comedy Awards for her part in the show.

Roseanne’s show had a lot of controversy, including an episode where she shares a lesbian kiss. Roseanne also struggled to keep control of the show, wishing to keep its roots just as they were: a low-income working class family working to get by. This was every woman’s feminism- not just the educated and wealthy.

One amazing aspect of Roseanne was her fearlessness to have an opinion. She told her boss, her husband, anyone that would listen what she thought. Being a loud-mouth as a women is frowned upon in popular culture, yet her show won awards. She was at constant struggle with production, but pushed to have her show her way. It saddens me that after Roseanne went off the air, there have not been more shows like it. We could use more real-life feminist icons in popular media.

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