I was watching Barney Miller today. Normally I love that show, but this episode
gave me the heebie jeebies. The plot was about a woman who wanted to press charges against her husband for raping her. (Insert canned laughter here) There wasn't even any precedent for the DA to press charges. It was going to be a test case. Kudos to the show for bringing light to the subject, but the canned laughter every time the rape was mentioned still creeped me out. Normally rape isn't a punchline on TV anymore, at least not on the shows I watch. (With the exception of prison rape jokes. Unfortunately those are still around. )
But I am glad that I grew up in a place where spousal rape is no laughing matter anymore. Thank you to the people who made that happen.
9. What they were thinking was about bringing the subject into the open
on television for the first time in history.
It was a groundbreaking episode, and if it was clumsily handled it was because they had precious little precedent to go on. Archie Bunker also had a laugh track which was used inappropriately sometimes - but the story line carried the episode anyway.
The sexual revolution was an on-going thing at the time, and today's products of that revolution, and evolution, have no idea what it was like before they were born.
6. reminds me of Andy Griffith episodes about battering and enabling alcoholism
Though this sounds considerably creepier.
I love the Andy Griffith show, but the way that battering was just funny "plate-throwing" and the way everyone runs around enabling Otis's alcoholism really tell you how much times have changed.
What's weird to me is what _is_ edited out today in movies and shows and what isn't.
Remember the first National Lampoon's Vacation? The TV version at first took out the line about her french-kissing her Dad and replaced it with kissing her teacher, then took out references to pot-smoking and never returned them, then took out references to using Playboy and then never returned them, then took out the kissing her teacher line. The visit to Cousin Eddie is quite different now.
Like pot is the equivalent of child molestation. pul-eese
8. To think that this country has "progressed" on issues of sexuality and gender-related crime
After all, we have one of the major parties overwhelmingly defending rape (Franken amendment).
And if you pay attention to the words and actions of most rethugs, you will see that they do not consider rape, especially marital rape, as anything to be concerned about. While they may be slightly less willing to openly spout such filth, it is part of their core belief system.
...and its people HAVE Progressed. There may be quite a few older holdouts (and brainwashed offspring) that still cotton to the old ideals, but to say that we have not progressed is, at best, willfully ignorant.
13. I remember the episode and the overall discussion of
Is it possible to be guilty of rape when the victim is your wife? The notion actually seemed absurd back then.
I also remember Shirley Chisolm run for president in the 70's and she said that there was much more prejudice against her as a woman than as a black person.
It's good to see societal change - especially in the light that most of the years since have been very conservative. Now if women made as much as men instead of 78 cents on the dollar, that would be nice...
25. I remember that episode it was very offensive. I didn't think it took the issue
seriously AT ALL . It was a joke. Literally. Very offensive episode. I saw it in 1974 and I knew it was offensive then. Thanks for posting this it's an interesting discussion. I remember the episode ending with the couple getting back together and shrugging off the whole incident. Do I remember it wrong?
29. The laugh track thing kicked in straight away. That's why I was so struck by it. I wasn't
so surprised by the end though. I think nearly every show that features a husband and a wife they wind up together again at the end. It was their formula, apparently. They were willing to touch the concept of spousal rape, but they didn't see it all the way through, though whether it was due to being a comedy show or that formula I don't know.
I wonder how long it was before a TV show covered the subject and didn't put the husband and wife back together again?
30. There was a decent episode of the DIck Van Dyke show about domestic violence
that I thought was pretty good. That was the '60s. The episode ended with the violent guy getting help and deciding not to be in a serious relationship for a while. Sally dated him once and wondered why he dumped her.
Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators
Important Notices: By participating on this discussion
board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules
page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the
opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent
the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.