I think the Mindy Project opens the door for an interesting conversation about postfeminism. The author of the blog writes, “The recent trend in television features women in a different light, which is an attempt to differentiate how they were portrayed decades ago. Both of these shows [the article also discusses the The Good Wife] demonstrate the supposedly new, modern portrayal of women in current television – even though the same, antiquated gender roles and ideologies are echoed.” Like we discussed in class, the notion of postfeminism implies that we live in a world that has no need for feminism–because the goals of feminism have already been achieved. So, in theory men and women should be equal and can both be professional, etc. But I’m not entirely sure where the Mindy Project fits into the idea of postfeminism. I feel like the fact that men factor so greatly into her life suggests that men and women are not equal and therefore feminism is still “needed.”
I feel like it is still safe to assert that there is still pressure for women in their mid-twenties to early thirties to “find the right guy and settle down.” After watching the Mindy Project, I’m not sure if the show affirms or rebuffs this expectation. In the episode, Mindy is on a first date which seems to be awkward but not going horribly until she gets a phone call that forces her to leave her date and deliver a child. In a way, I feel like this illustrates that she (and the show) are moving past the expectation that a woman must find a guy and settle down; however, the rest of the show seems to be very focused on her dating life and less on her as a professional. Upon her arrival to the hospital, she begins her transformation from beautiful woman to professional woman. Is it too much of a stretch to say that the contrast between the professional and beautiful/attractive suggests that professional women cannot be attractive? Or, is it simply that her scrubs are an equalizer that strip her of any gender and allow her to just be a great OBGYN?
The author of the blog raises similar concerns, “Though these shows display a new view of women – being independent, strong, developing their own code of ethics and personalities and having their own careers – there exists an underlying factor that is concealed. Mindy, though quirky and independent – is always referring to how she is single, and is constantly searching for a man, or redefining her relationships with the men in her life (in particular her coworkers).” So, even though Mindy has a successful professional life; there is still something missing––she has not yet met a man and that seems to be the thing that would make her life “perfect.”