Full House and male feminism

Kittens. Memes. Ranting on YouTube comment sections. Every person has their own way to deal with stress, to handle the constant flow of bills to pay, and to avoid unplanned get-togethers just because you literally don’t want to get dressed right now. Don’t get me wrong, kittens are cute, but #1 stress outlet is–obviously–Netflix.

I’m no different than any other binge-watcher human being, so, lately, when I want to watch something real cute, I go straight for Full House. Let me be clear: I’m not talking about the cute kids and the “growing pain” narrative that is so comforting and nostalgic. I’m talking about Dave Coulier wearing adorable sweaters, pj’s, and shirts. Thank you very much, Bob Squire.

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By now, you oughta know: Ms. Carruthers and I would love to grab a cup—or two—of Joe.

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Dave Coulier buns aside, the thing I love the most about Full House is how it portrayed–and refined throughout the seasons– everyday male feminism how it really should be. It is a show that never claimed to be feminist, and that was created basically by regular Joes. Yet, it shows through its 8 seasons exactly what male feminists should do instead of  just claiming themselves feminists.

I’m not gonna argue that there’s no sexism whatsoever in the series; it’s probably virtually impossible to do that. (How do I know that? I just objectified Dave Coulier repeatedly. Have mercy.) Nonetheless, the overall result never disappointed me. Here’s the story about a widower who took upon himself the task of raising three children, while working, obsessively cleaning his house, and dedicating completely to his daughters’ education. Considering the amount of women that do that because men abandon them, the breath of fresh air of seeing a responsible man take the very little sexism away.

Danny didn’t hire a nanny. He didn’t bring his mother in. He didn’t quickly remarry to have someone care for the kids. Instead, he asked his best friend, a young at heart male comedian, and his brother-in-law, a full of testosterone rebel male musician, to move in with him.

Both knew nothing about children. It was a recipe for disaster.

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What happens afterward was nothing close to chaos, though. We watch Uncle Jesse go from 90’s Tinderboy to exemplary boyfriend, fiance, husband, and dad. Although he did complain once of twice about those pink bunnies on the wall, his masculinity was never diminished by them. He didn’t desperately paint his room as soon as he moved in. In fact, none of them felt emasculated by handling tasks normally assigned to women.

Joey, for instance, went to great lengths to fill those shoes when he stood in for Stephanie’s mom (and Aunt Becky, who was caught on work) at the Honey Bee Slumber Party, never once complaining about having his manhood hurt. Although he had no legal or moral responsibility with the children like Danny and Uncle Jesse, Joey never failed to be there for the girls.

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Our buddy Billy Superstar–the mysterious reviewer that has a love-hate relationship with Full House–might disagree, but I say Full House is one of the best sitcoms of the 90’s.  Billy, Billy… how rude!

While most movies and series of that time show bonded males living their own adventures, being superheroes, or just full of themselves, Full House showed bonded males living in function of guaranteeing that these three girls are happy, educated, protected, and taken care of. You got it, dude!

It seems silly to have to set an example to fathers, uncles, and the regular Joe on how to care for girls, but considering that sexual abuse is mostly perpetrated by acquaintances of the victims it is still incredibly important. In the end, these three guys sent a very clear message to other men out there: Cut. It. Out. Take care of the girls and the women in your lives. It will only make you a better man.

If you’re a Full House fan, I would like to remind you that Season 2 of Full House’s spin-off Fuller House  on Netflix this December. If you have missed Season 1, you should definitely catch up before the 9th.

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