Business Studies Paper on Sexism in Television

Two and a Half Men


Sexism is the discrimination against gender, which frequently happens to women. In the modern society, sexism is exhibited in almost every institution. Unfortunately, the entertainment industry is not left behind. Sexism has been displayed in a variety movies and films.  The current paper discusses the television program “Two and a half men,” which is a romantic comedy show. The social theme under discussion is social sexism, which is a type of social inequality that is displayed in the movie. There are no female characters in the movie, and men have been utilized in displaying the theme.

Scenes that Apply to Social Sexism

According to McCracken (2012), sexism in the media is partial representation of particular characters with regards to their gender. The entire theme of the film is sexism. Charlie, a character who is a freelance jingler, is depicted as a sexist who takes advantage of women. He is involved in sexual relationships with women. Charlie views women as objects that are stalkers waiting for anything to happen. Women are portrayed as demanding and possibly insane. Charlie is not interested in women. However, he hates them and uses them as sexual predators. He does not value women for who they are, but instead, he is only interested in having sex with them. Hence, sexism is demonstrated as dehumanization of women, making them appear valueless and as sexual objects.

The theme song from episode 9 is sexist. Charlie comes on the stage singing “men, men” song.  The song intensifies the message in the film. The theme song in the movie exposes the feelings of the character or the message that was intended for the audience. Though it is presented a comedy show, it does not make it different, funnier, or tolerable. The prostitutes are used in communicating how women are displayed in the movie. Women are considered cheap whores who can be sexually harassed, raped, and their body parts displayed for everyone to see. Women’s menstrual periods and the fact that they can also enjoy sex is also emphasized in the film. The argument between Charles and Lee about women and their genitalia is sexism at its peak. In the episode, Lee says “enough ladies; I get it you have periods.” This statement shows respect for women in the movie.

The theme is also intensified by the way the characters talk about sex in a childish manner. The rape joke is an example of sexism. This is by no means a kind of joke to use in a television show that is viewed by people all over the world. The audience needs to feel protected and respected by the content of a film they are watching.

How Inequality is Displayed

The film is mainly men dominated even though there are other minor women characters in the background. The women do not have any major role in the film, and they are only used in passing on the message that the director intended to. They are at Charlie’s disposal for him to use them whenever he feels like. Sexism is exhibited when Charlie rapes Whitney while she is asleep. Whitney had not agreed on that and she was even sleeping when it happened, which makes it even worse. The representation of women as being ready and eager to engage in sex with anyone is also an illustration of sexism. The women in the movie are depicted as being overly swept by the material things owned by Charlie, for instance, the beach house where he lives is seen as an attraction to women. Women are portrayed as agreeing to engage in every sexual activity that Charlie requests; they do not resist him. Women are presented as being financially unstable; hence, they engage in prostitution to acquire money (Douglas, 2013). The film portrays men as perfect while women as having many flaws, which is not the case. Men too have weaknesses. The women in the film seem happy and contented with what happens around them. They show their body parts and even smile. This is proof that they agree with the male characters who are only taking advantage of them

Nonverbal cues

The exposure of body parts means that the women do it out of their free will. Laughing implies that they are happy or in good terms with the other person. Smiling, in contrast, means that they are friends or even lovers with the other person (Trier, 2014). The mode of dressing can also be interpreted as a body language of agreeing into sexual activity. These interpretations indicate how women are depicted in the society.  Women are regarded as weak and as sexual objects for men, especially when their mothers ruin their lives, for example, in Charlie and Evelyn.


The film “Two and a half men”, displays women as weak and easily manipulated by men. They are considered cheap and not able to think and talk about their rights and feelings. From Charlie’s view, women are sexual objects.





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Trier-Bieniek, A. M., & In Leavy, P. (2014). Gender & pop culture. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.