Sitcoms rely on classic tropes that often end up reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes. Few TV shows do this as much as outrageous cartoon sitcoms like “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and “The Simpsons.”
I love the aforementioned cartoons, and watch them frequently (read: have seen every episode twice), so growing up to realize that the creators and writers seem to be projecting their weird issues with women on the female characters was a huge disappointment.
But then Bob’s Burgers premiered. Recently renewed for a fifth season, this show has been lauded for the character Tina, her overt feminism and unabashed puberty. Tina is easily one of my heroes, but the praise she’s garnered leaves Linda, the mom, overlooked. Here are some reasons why Linda should also be your feminist icon.