How 'Roseanne', the tv show relates to the sociological aspect of women and work. I had to write this for an extra credit paper, it's not great, but it gets the point across.

Essay by katykatHigh School, 12th gradeA-, December 2003

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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

this class.

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...