Ever since I started college in the fall, I haven't really been able to
watch as much television that I would like to. I have been able too catch
snippets here and there, but nothing really "in depth". One show that I used
to watch was Roseanne. Some of the things that seem natural to the
characters on the show reflect what we have been studying all semester in
Roseanne, a wife and a mother of three, is a stubborn, loud, and
obnoxious character. She works on and off in a diner and most likely
receives minimum wage. Whenever she is at work, she is constantly arguing
with her male boss or complaining about something or other. He's a nice guy,
but outright says that he doesn't want to know about Roseanne's personal
problems all of the time. He wears a suit and tie whenever he shows an
appearance (which is only occasionally) and he is always nicely put
together, unlike Roseanne and her other female coworkers who have been
working for hours.
The relationship between the television show and our discussions in
class are uncanny. The wealthy male owns the business, or runs it, and the
females work their butts off. The women that work at the diner are all
middle-aged, some are married, some are not, and they all hate the job with
a passion. The book we read Nickel and Dimed also can relate to Roseanne.
The women work as many hours as possible and they all hate it.
Within the dual labor market, Roseanne works in the secondary labor
market. Her job at the diner is menial, it's low paying, there is no
stability, and there are few opportunities to advance. Roseanne and her
other female coworkers seem to accept these minimums with...