Introduction: Who Remembers Sabrina? Intelligence, Gender, and the Media
Flashing her million-watt smile and tossing her famous blonde mane, Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett) chased down villains each week on the 1970s television show Charlie’s Angels. Blonde and beautiful, Jill epitomized what was considered appealing in a woman. Her poster was plastered in millions of prepubescent boys’ bedrooms or lockers, and millions of girls and women wanted to look exactly like her, mimicking her hair and clothing. But the other Angels never achieved the same stature as sex symbols. The most brilliant Angel was Sabrina Duncan (Kate Jackson), who was attractive and well dressed but lacked Jill’s stunning California beach-girl looks. Sabrina wore practical pantsuits, while Jill wore barely there dresses or bikinis. Whom did women want to resemble? Jill. She was depicted as sexier than her more sensible friends, and countless women tried to emulate her. Who cared if she lacked Sabrina’s brilliance?
KeywordsTelevision Show Popular Culture Popular Medium Ambivalent Sexism Cultural Stereotype
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