Feministing.com calls MacFarlane's shows "unfunny, anti-feminist and anti-woman."
However, I found this episode of "The Cleveland Show" titled "Beer Walk!" particularly interesting because it calls attention to an old societal chestnut women have been struggling with for years: the "double burden."
The double burden, also known as the "double day" or the "double shift," is defined as the performance of paid labor outside the home in addition to the performance of the majority of unpaid labor within the home. The double burden disproportionately affects women.
In this episode, Cleveland's wife Donna fakes an injury in an attempt to get Cleveland to pitch in around the house until she's outed by his bar buddies who use patriarchal trickery to restore the status quo.
Watch the episode here:
- The double burden is real and is still firmly in place,
- The double burden is not taken seriously , and
- Domestic work, performed primarily by women, is devalued by society.
But not on all.