Most sexist shows: It may be because television writers are increasingly male, but the discrimination towards women that we see on TV every night makes us feel like we’re stuck in the past. It’s not like writers need to follow any rules when it comes to creating their scripts, they can write whatever they want, so why not write their female characters as strong and successful human beings that are more than just sex symbols?
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Instead audiences are watching women with no depth that are being put down by the men in their lives. Fifty-nine percent of women make up the workforce, and yet there are still writers that are depicting their female characters as people that are not career-oriented. There are some shows out there that portray women in a positive light, think Girls or Broad City, but there are many shows that unfortunately showcase women in a negative way.
The shows that made this list are ten of the most sexist shows in television. This doesn’t indicate that these shows are terrible by any means; some are better than others and most are award-winning and beloved by audiences. Only a few of these television shows are still on the air, but the next time you watch an episode, or a re-run of an episode, keep an eye out for the sexism. Hopefully Hollywood will improve the way it writes female characters.
10. Mad Men
Misogyny is a common theme in AMC’s Mad Men. The television show’s seven-season run was set in the world of advertising in the 1950s. Given the time period, we’re bound to see sexist comments directed at women and men cheating on their wives, but Mad Men takes thing to a whole new level. From the first episode audiences are thrown into a world that is run by men, and the female characters never seem to catch a break. While the show itself is just the way things were back then, the material featured in it is extremely sexist, and some male viewers may believe it’s acceptable to treat women the way Don Draper does.