Twin Peaks Usenet Archive


Subject: Re: Sexism?
From: tneff@bfmny0.BFM.COM (Tom Neff)
Date: 1991-01-17, 22:42
Newsgroups: alt.tv.twin-peaks

In article <1991Jan14.204818.12017@watserv1.waterloo.edu> alternat@watserv1.waterloo.edu (Ann Hodgins) writes:
> >I've been trying to figure out why some people think that
> >Lynch's work, Twin Peaks in particular, is sexist.

We may never figure out how and why people think :-) but we can
at least investigate whether Twin Peaks is in fact sexist.

> >Male characters predominate, but that is fair enough I think for
> >a cop show with a 50's feel.  

What this overlooks it that it is a CHOICE on the creators' part to go
for that "50's feel," including any potentially sexist subtext.

The inescapable fact is that almost everything in TWIN PEAKS reinforces
traditional sex roles and attitudes.  The girls may skulk around at
night hunting for clues, but when the school bell rings they're demure
bobbysoxers gushing over cute guys once again.  Tough, laconic men tote
the guns, ride the Harleys, pump the gas and fix the engines.  Strong
women are scheming bitches.  Bad women are slit-skirted hussies.
Mothers are mostly submissive housewives if they're not actually
drugged, crippled, zombied or worse.  Women kill with sex! but are
themselves raped, beaten and tortured to death, while the men mostly go
out in a blaze of gunfire or flashing knives.  

And so forth.  I don't think most of it is very much different from what
we get on the rest of TV, mind you.  The question "Is TP sexist" should
be backed up with the larger question "Is TV is general sexist?"  Why do
we expect Lynch and Frost to do significantly better than, say,
MacGyver?  Because this is our most favoritest show in the whole world?

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