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Ye gods, I had forgotten how blatantly sexist the 1962 Jetsons series was. I mean, sure, housewives back in the home, nuclear family, all that post-war stuff. But there's just no excuse for such lovely episodes as number 20, "Miss Solar System," in which Jane, irked at how George ignores her when ogling supermodels on tv, decides to enter the "Miss Solar System" contest herself. In a remarkable twist of logic, she enters because "George needs to be taught a lesson," but keeps her entry a secret because "George will be furious if he finds out." (?!) The dialogue features about 365,000 double-entendres, including the following gem from Jane's tape-recorded acceptance letter:

Sleazy Male Voice, suggestively: “And in addition to the pin-up category, all contestants are required to participate in –and we use the term loosely- a ‘talent contest.’”

Jane: “Talent? Talent? But what can I do?”

SMV: “Fake it, baby, fake it!"


I'd blame it on the late-50's-sitcom mentality that pervades The Jetsons. But given that TLC (the LEARNING Channel) is showing Miss America next week, and Clinton Kelly feels he can say things like "Come on over here and see Uncle Clinton" to the contestants, it seems some things are here to stay.

Don't even get me started on Toddlers and Tiaras.

(/unplanned feministy rant)

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