By Ashley Stopperan
In the article Class Dismissed? Roseanne and the Changing Face of Working-Class Iconography, Stanley Aronowitz is quoted saying that "in mass media culture there are no longer direct representations of the interactions among workers on American television. Working-class representations disappeared, for the most part, with the unfortunate Archie Bunker stereotype." (125). Roseanne seems to prove this idea wrong, as Bettie points out, but there is definitely still a strong representation in television today about American workers.
Julie Bettie points out that Roseanne accurately reflects the new face of the working class and that it is because she is a female character. I find it interesting how the market seems to favor women workers over men because of their vulnerability and their family ties and obligations.
Roseanne's unusual demographic focus and feminist themes created at the time a very different type of representation of the working class. I think that this may be happening today in regards to homosexuality because television is now steering somewhat away from the normal portrayal of families and couples by integrating more homosexuals in shows. They are especially being represented as successful (for the majority) and I think this could tie back to how Roseanne changed the way women were/are portrayed.