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Signs of Life in the U.S.A. Chapter Summary & Analysis - We've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Gender Codes in American culture Summary

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We've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Gender Codes in American culture Summary and Analysis

This window examines the role of gender codes in America. An example of a gender code is an unmarried woman. She was the subject of commiseration and pity at one time as people tried to arrange dates for the poor woman who couldn't find a husband. The image of the stuffy spinster has changed. The spinster has now become a singleton or a swinging single and is not, for the most part, envied by many and is certainly not pitied. Witness the popularity of shows like Sex and the City where all of the single women are protagonists but not in the same manner as Eve Arden was on Our Miss Brooks in the 1950s. Sex and the City represented the news sexual mores.

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