is able to embrace her sexuality regardless of her age a
development that happens in part because of the social support
Frankie offers to her. Grace is able to feel more comfortable in her
skin because she and Frankie are able to discuss these personal
issues, which are relatable to both women. In comparison to
Marge, Grace is able to maintain differing aspects of her life by
rejecting the limiting script that the motherhood mystique so often
places on women in sitcoms.
The representation of as many demographics as possible in
entertainment is extremely important because media as the power
to give viewers hope and comfort that they are not alone in the
thoughts and experiences they face regularly. Creating more
possibilities and reducing limitations in popular narratives opens
up spaces outside of mass media, too, spaces for viewers to occupy
in real life. Furthermore, it is not acceptable merely to depict
certain individuals as they have always been portrayed in the past.
Especially with new platforms such as Netflix that allow for less
restriction in content and a lower audience threshold for a series
to be considered successful, it is crucial for media to push the
boundaries on what viewers are accustomed to viewing. Seldom
do real-life experiences fall neatly into particular categories, nor do
the individuals who go through these situations fit into a single
box. Grace and Frankie is just one sitcom that has been able to
highlight and then complicate different stereotypes. As more
demographics refuse to be ignored or represented in stereotypical
ways, it will become even more critical that shows such as Grace
and Frankie appear to give a voice to those who need to be heard.
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