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Analysis of the TV Program, Retired at 35

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In the text, more focus is given to the men for instance their hobbies, their relationships with other men friends, their influence on women’ s lives among other things while women are mostly fitting in to the men’ s schedules and lifestyles, citing an example of the period it has taken David’ s mother to realize that they, her husband and her, have not been having a happy marriage. Logistic regression analysis established that gender characteristics, family membership and target audience all significantly inclined the likelihood that a character would express stereotyped behaviours. Moreover, when David’ s mother decides to leave her husband and move to Portugal to pursue her passion in art, this decision is not warmly welcomed by the husband and the son since this is taken more like a husband’ s doing than a wife’ s where men normally leave their homes in search of livelihood and leave their wives home (New York Times n. p).

Additionally, after staying with both the mother and the father, David’ s stay as no longer much appreciated as before where both parents have an argument of who to host David and how often, both wanting to have him on lesser days in a week.

His mother, David, says she is too old to be a full-time mother of a thirty-five-year-old. Both parents show that indeed David should be living on his own and should be having a job. There is a gender bias in that nowhere in the first episode, are we told of Amy having a job of her own. Men of David’ s age are expected by the general society to be working for a living and thirty-five is an age considered to be very close to the peak of a man’ s career.

Further, gender reversal is seen throughout the TV programme where we find men doing things that are considered feminine and also cases of women taking in things that the society perceives manly. In the first episode of the first series, we see Amy’ s boyfriend, Paul, enjoying cooking for the family. This is viewed by the rest, apart from Amy, as unusual given that as the other men are busy chatting at the living room after a game while he feels he would rather be in the kitchen.

Also from the way Paul talks, it shows that he is quite feminine. In the general society, men are associated with spending their free times in things like sports, playing indoor games like poker as they are more competitive minded than women, who would rather spend time chatting with other women friends or in the kitchen preparing food just for the fun of it rather than necessity (New York Times n. p).

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