Why Does TV Love To Portray Dads As Idiots? | 1950 sitcoms | Scoop.it

I was recently discussing the resurgence of the Idiot Dad trend with my cousin, a conservative married mother of two. On every political axis we find ourselves on opposite poles, but on this issue we finally found some common ground. "I don't want my kids to think that dads are incompetent," she explained, "It's so insulting!" We already worry about children absorbing gendered messaging—adventure, exploration, and construction tools for boys, glitter and princess gear for girls—but what do they learn about their parents, or the way parents are "supposed" to be, from advertising and TV?