Commander In Chief: Cause for celebration?



Commander In Chief
, ABC’s new show about a woman becoming president, premieres tomorrow night. And the feminists are loving it.
The White House Project is having a big premiere party in New York City, while also urging women to have their own house parties celebrating the first episode.
I’ve been apprehensive about this show (or really just the media response to it) from the beginning; it looks like I’m not the only one. Joel Stein at the LA Times started out thinking that the new drama was a little too predictable with the sexism factor:

ABC has started a fake blog about the female president, posing questions no one would ask about a man, such as “Can she balance the duties of the presidency with those of a wife and mother?”
The network has also taken out newspaper ads with political cartoons suggesting that the notion of a female president is ridiculous. In one, Davis wears a military helmet, high heels and a sash across her chest that reads “Commander in Chief.” In another, a bunch of fat cats try to bribe Madame President with flowers, jewelry and a fur coat. I was surprised they didn’t have one with Davis at the G-8 summit, squealing: “Can you believe it? Shoes from eight different countries!”

Stein does change his tune, however, and recognizes that the show is more making fun of the sexist attitudes about women and power rather than adopting them. Let’s hope so!
In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing for myself if the show lives up to the hype.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted September 26, 2005 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I am definitely watching it tomorrow and have wanted to make everyone else I know to watch it too so it will stay on the air.

  2. Posted September 26, 2005 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I have been dying to tell everyone I know to watch it even if it’s not good just so it will stay on the air. After all, it’s a woman president and this might be our only chance to experience it (in this current lifetime at least)!

  3. Posted September 26, 2005 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I have been dying to tell everyone I know to watch it even if it’s not good just so it will stay on the air. After all, it’s a woman president and this might be our only chance to experience it (in this current lifetime at least)!

  4. lynncorinne
    Posted September 28, 2005 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Honestly, I liked it. Bottom line, it’s smart. I knew it was on the right track when — rather than create some dumb plot/joke around the (sigh) notion that “you can’t trust a woman not to drop an atom bomb once a month” — Madam President turns that very concept into a sarcastic snap at the Big Bad, the Republican Speaker of the House, thus doing away with it and moving on. He (and his henchmen) and clearly NOT the Lady in Charge, are portrayed as the crazy conniving loose cannons. I really hope both the quality — and the ratings — remain high.

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