ERIC Number: ED303150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Trouble on the Set. An Analysis of Female Characters on 1985 Television Programs.
Steenland, Sally; Schmidt, Lisa
This study of the images of women as portrayed on new television programs in 1985 not only compared them with the images of the last season, but examined the similarities and differences between these characters and real life women. Each continuing female character on every new show was coded for race, age, occupation, marital and socioeconomic status, and number of children under 18 years of age. Analyses of these data showed several disappointing trends: a decrease in the number of female characters on new programs, a reemergence of shows with exclusively male continuing characters, a return of the two-parent family on situation comedies, an increase in the number of cop/detective shows, and a decrease in the number of minority female characters. One positive note was the premiere of one program exclusively about older women, "Golden Girls." However, in general, the 1985 season presented an artificial world of male buddies where women are invisible, irrelevant, or victimized. (EW)
Descriptors: Black Stereotypes, Commercial Television, Economic Status, Employed Women, Family Characteristics, Mass Media Effects, Programing (Broadcast), Sex Stereotypes, Television Research
National Commission on Working Women, 1325 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 ($5.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Working Women, Washington, DC.
Note: For related reports see IR 013 616-622.