The episode of the television show 'Roseanne' we watched in class addressed a very interesting dynamic in terms of class and gender issues. As we discussed in class, the reading pushed the idea that class issues in the United States are not 'nonexistent' as we would like to believe, but that it is expressed through other demographic forms such as gender and race. In 'Roseanne', the role of the working class woman is explored in a way that has been embraced by many real life working class women as the most 'realistic' portrayal of life in America on television. Whether or not it is more or less 'real' is not as important as the fact that this demographic has embraced the show as its own. They are an underrepresented group who can find comfort in the fact that they have a television show they can relate to. In the episode of 'Roseanne' that we watched, Roseanne and her husband are facing the dilemma of what to do with a little bit of extra money they come across. Do they catch up with bills or splurge on unnecessary items they have wanted for a while? Ultimately they decide to splurge, essentially taking their mind off of the pressure of paying bills for a while. When we had our discussion in class on our opinions on 'Roseanne' and the impact the show had on the working class, I think many good points were brought up, but it seems a little off to make assumptions without having any opinions of someone who talked about how it affected their opinion of their own working class existence. It just felt as if we were trying to speak for a group we aren't at liberty to speak for.