The latest in my Problematic Tropes series is ready to read, and it’s an incendiary one!
Problematic Toxic Masculinity Trope #6: Mr. Mom
The 1983 movie Mr. Mom is a comedy whose humor hinges on the particular misogynistic toxic masculinity trope that I have named after it, because it epitomizes the trope so well.
Basically, the premise of the movie is this: a man is relegated to homemaking when he gets fired from his job, and his wife ends up going to work as a high powered ad exec in order to pick up the income slack. Shenanigans, both in the form of Mr. Mom not being able to cope with housewifery, and Mrs. Mom finding herself in sexist danger at her “man’s work.” All is well, though, at the end, when both find their way back to their gender-norm jobs which they are best and safest at.
Thus is the basic description of the Problematic Toxic Masculinity Trope that personally pisses me off the most…
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