ERIC Number: ED243160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
Male Stereotypes in Radio Serials of the 1930s and 1940s.
St John, Jacqueline
Because they tend to reflect dominant cultural values that are more obvious and taken for granted by historians, male stereotypes in radio serials, or "soap operas," have been ignored. They are prevalent, however, especially in the representative "Golden Age" productions of Anne and Frank Hummert. The Hummerts produced 46% of the serials current between 1932 and 1937, and 30% of those current between 1937 and 1942. Among the programs were "Jack Armstrong,""Front Page Farrell," and "Lorenzo Jones." In episodes of each drama, dialogue shows that male characters were verbally in control--their expressions were more rational and directly related to the situation at hand--while women's remarks were descriptive, obvious, and inane. The only exception is Sally Farrell, Front Page Farrell's wife. But while she accompanies him on his adventures, she is relegated to a voyeuristic position. To establish a firm correlation between episodic serial dramas with the reality of life at the time, to analyze the interaction of domestic and foreign events that became basic radio plot premises, and to correlate sex role and race role socialization with the social milieu, further research is required. (CRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Soap Operas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association (13th, Wichita, KS, April 23, 1983).