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ERIC Number: ED313754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-19
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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Fighting Back Like a Man: The Morality of "Murphy Brown."
Golden, Mickey
A study used Carol Gilligan's work on the legitimization of the female voice to examine the degree to which care and justice perspectives are expressed in the voice of television character "Murphy Brown" in the situation comedy of the same name. Two episodes of the show were analyzed to examine how Murphy resolved moral dilemmas. Although the Murphy Brown character utilizes both the female voice of care and the male voice of justice, she speaks at work most often through the justice perspective. However, in coping with moral dilemmas in her personal life, Murphy initially utilizes the justice perspective, then resolves the dilemma through the female orientation of care. Moreover, a third orientation which does not appear to fit into either of the above is the self-serving voice. Murphy uses this voice when colleagues or authority figures have conflicting views or methods on work-related issues. When Murphy fails to get her own way using the voice of reason, she resorts to the self-serving voice, which includes such behaviors as playing tricks on her boss or colleagues and/or plotting against those who attempt to prevent her from doing the job the way she believes it should be done. The dilemma of which perspective may be most appropriate to voice is a concern for many women; however, results of the analysis make it clear that Murphy must adopt the male voice of justice to succeed in the work place. (Twenty-seven references are attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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