Office dating jokes
When the Clarence Thomas hearings aired on television in 1991, almost 20 years after feminists began to make their case against the Miss Buxleys of the world, many sexual-harassment plotlines still drove sitcoms.
TV critic Tom Jicha observed at that time that Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson on I’d like to think we’re doing better now.
In a 2005 episode of titled “Sexual Harassment,” Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is furious when the office’s HR guy, Toby Flenderson (Paul Lieberstein), wants to review the company’s sexual harassment policy with the employees.* Michael is convinced that a conversation about sexual harassment will mean “the end of jokes.” “There is no such thing as an appropriate joke,” he whines to Toby.
” The women in the office are there for decoration and intrigue.”) “The Chase” was to become a trope of this kind of boss-secretary humor, and it crossed over between popular representations and real life.In her 1964 book century mocked secretaries from the point of view of the threatened boss’ wife.More recently, TV comedy has used the nature of workplace harassment—the murkiness of its definition; the awkwardness that springs up when women resist it—as fodder.This gives me some hope that harassment comedy overall might be taking a turn for the self-aware.