Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cagney and Lacey

Cagney and Lacey, a show about two female police officers, aired from 1982-1988. In White's article about television and ideology, she claims that the show allows for a variety of feminist and domestic voices, but circumscribes them within acceptable images of women by using "conventional visual strategies of representing women."

The show isn't on Hulu, but I found this clip on YouTube:

In the clip, Mary Beth (woman in red) has been shot, and goes to psychological counseling to deal with it. Her partner, Christine (in suit with scarf) joins her so they can discuss their issues as a partnership. How does this clip reinforce traditional images of women? How does it resist it? How might this be interpreted by different audiences?

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