TV Show Analysis: Marital and gender roles in The Brady Bunch and House Husbands

Gender roles have been hardwired in men and women since the beginning of time. Men are the hunters and gatherers, breadwinners, fathers, husbands, authority figures—providing shelter and food to their families whilst maintaining some standard of masculinity. To complement that, women are the nurturers, mothers, housewives—they take care of the family and home. These roles were heavily emphasised and reminded to everyone in the 1960s, especially with television shows such as The Brady Bunch. These roles have evolved over time and have even been switched. In some marriages and families, women are the breadwinners and authority figures, and men are taking on the nurturing roles, especially of stay-at-home dad, so much so, that Australian TV series, House Husbands, was created to depict this role change in today’s society.

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