Pop Culture Is Merely A Scandal

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As you wake up, your eyes begin to flutter due to the illuminating light, that we call the sun. It is morning. You kick your feet up, and stretch your arms all the way up to the sky; you are on top of the world. You are the founder of a leading strategic, crisis communication firm. You are an assertive, intelligent, beautiful, African American woman, who has her entire life under control, or so one thinks. You are Olivia Pope. However Olivia, your life is merely a scandal. You refuse to settle down, because you are deeply infatuated with the President of United States. Your father is the leader of B613, a wing of the CIA, and has absolute control over eliminating those who are a threat to ...view middle of the document...

The women of the 1940s-1960s were synonymous to the women in pop culture, but a bit less happy (Zeisler.35). In the renowned piece of literature, The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedman explains how during the 1940s-1960s, women were taught that the key to happiness was to be a housewife (Friedman1-7). However, Friedman then discusses that these very same women, who were misguided their entire lives, had a "problem with no name" (ibid). After the release of The Feminine Mystique in 1963, women then discovered that the solution to the "problem with no name," was that there were more to life than being a housewife. Women then started to attend college, and find jobs, which consequently were reflected in pop culture (Zeisler.38). After the Hays Code was dismissed in 1970, women in pop culture were no longer typical; they were assertive and fierce, but still shown to be hypersexualized (Zeilser. 68). According to Fabio Parasecolio, African American women were especially hypersexualized in pop culture during this time, due to the prejudice against women, and the prejudice against race (Parasecolio.5). However, as time continued to pass on, women became less hypersexualized, and more equal to their male counterpart in both Pop Culture, and reality. Although, feminism has made a great progression, the question of the matter is, is this it? Are women done fighting for equality? According to researcher, Angela McRobbie, post-feminism is nonexistent; it is merely a choice for women now (McRobbie. 3). However, another researcher, Michelle Lazar believes that feminism is not over. Although, feminism has progressed throughout the years, women are still being hypersexualized, and still are not seen as an equal to their male counterpart (Lazar.4). The notion of feminism is not over, which consequently vividly describes why the televisions show, Scandal simultaneously exerts both feminism, and patriarchal views.
Political Economy
The television show, Scandal is simply an exaggerated tale of reality. The creator of Scandal, Shonda Rhimes, did not only create the first television show since 1974, with an African American protagonist, but is the first African American woman to create, and executive-produce a Top 10 network series- Grey's Anatomy. African American women, like producer, Shonda Rhimes, are breaking gender, and race barriers, by simultaneously producing these shows. However, Scandal tends to add too much scandal into reality. Scandal was inspired by Judy Smith, the founder and president of Smith and Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles (Nelson.1) However, unlike the show, Judy Smith did not have an affair with any of her clients. The show, Scandal is depicted in such a manner, that it will have its audience on the edge of their seat, which consequently leads to why the female characters on the show with power, are suddenly stripped of their power whenever encountered by men....

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