I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Comedy at the Expense of Women and Girls

22 Dec

In the past few months I have been bombarded with advertisements about a new show on TV : I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The other night, with now new shows on, the kids asleep, and me too exhausted after an evening strategy meeting to do anything else, I succumbed and watched the pilot of the show. I’d like to pretend that I only watch TV worthy of my time, and that I never watch crappy TV. That unfortunately is not the case. I have been know to rubberneck to terrible shows like  Teen Mom, and soap operas like Private Practice. I am not above watching crappy TV. But I Hate My Teenage Daughter takes the cake. With nothing else on TV, I still could not bare to sit through the 30 minute show. It was badly written, with a terrible laugh track, and worse yet, stereotypes moms and teenage girls in the worst way possible. The moms are portrayed as the dumbest, most insecure, petty, women. They are terrible parents, and even worse, incompetent women. They apparently can’t dress themselves (in the first few minutes of the pilot one of the moms is unaware she is wearing a pajama top to work), and certainly can’t parent or even support themselves. The teenage daughters are also dumb, dress like sluts, and don’t do anything but be mean to other kids, skip school, and plot how to be horrible to their mothers.

Read the rest at Forbeswoman

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