Not to go there, but OK, let's go there....
(Posted this on Facebook earlier and decided I wanted to house it on my blog as well to maybe hit a different demographic and further the discussion. Hi, welcome!)
Pre-req: watch the new Pixar Inside Out trailer. Oh look, embedded here for your convenience.... (I'm so giving!)
OK, my thoughts:
I'm reluctant to be one of those "find controversy in everything" people on the Internets, but I'm actually curious to hear some thoughts on this one to see if it's just me who thinks what I think.
I'm super not into gender stereotypes in TV shows, and not just from a feminist perspective -- I always cringe at the "bumbling, clueless dad" persona. You know the deal: the sassy, successful mom who has it all together and the oaf husband who's just trying to keep up. I'm sooOOOooo not into this, I don't think it reflects reality (but maybe does unfortunately influence reality and make us think this is how marriages/parenting should work -- yikes) and I dislike how commonly it's portrayed. Not doing any favors to the misconception that men lack emotional intelligence and can't have thoughtful, emotionally intimate relationships with their children and equal-parenting-skills status with their wives/partners.
Disappointed that Disney Pixar plays into this with its new trailer. I'm sure the movie will show more redeeming parts of the relationship as a whole, but the "ummm what were we talking about, let me try and not make a fool of myself" reaction from the dad, and the eye-rolling "I will now fantasize about that hot Brazilian pilot I could have married instead" from the mom, is frustrating for me to see perpetuated again on the screen, especially in a kids' film. I'm pretty sure this scenario would have been shot down immediately if the gender roles had been reversed, with the mom being portrayed as even slightly incompetent while the dad pictured an attractive, exotic ex-girlfriend in his head.
Those are my thoughts, but, family systems portrayal in the media is a pet topic for me. Just me? Has anyone else noticed how rampant this is in other shows?
(I considered making this longer than my original Facebook post since I could talk for dayyyzzz about this and give many good/bad examples of fatherhood in TV shows, etc., but I'll save us all the time and leave it at this for now!)