House M. D. The perception of gender throughout history has been manipulated and changed into something that is totally different than the gender norm: men should act like men, working and paying the bills, and women should act like women, cleaning, cooking, and caring for children. These days it is more the idea of anything goes. The idea that popular conceptions of femininity and masculinity instead revolve around hierarchical appraisals of the natural roles of males and females gives people the idea that there is only one precedent of behaving and now, with the advances and maturing of society, we are able to break the mold.
For example, we have women in superior positions and men as the inferiors. Recently there have been these ideas of gender roles switches and orientation confusion seeping into our media. The FOX television series House M. D. is a drama/comedy series about the rude, unconventional, Vicodin addicted, genius of a doctor, Gregory House and his team of skilled doctors working to diagnosis and solve emergency medical mysteries. House M. D is more concerned with the actual medical issues and the experiences between the patients and the doctors.
In the show, the characters show either extreme femininity/masculinity or they blur the gender lines set in place by generations before us. Dr. Lisa Cuddy is the Dean of Medicine and the hospital administrator at Princeton Plainsboro. She is technically the boss of House and the other doctors, and House has a very big problem with someone else having authority over him. They are always in constant arguments about his unconventional way of doing things and rude behavior toward the patients and their families.
However, even though she continuously fights him over his behavior in the hospital, she cannot but trust his diagnosis because she knows that he is the best of the best. This shows that Dr. House has convinced her that he is very knowledgeable and that he is a dominant force over her even though she is technically his boss. This slightly goes against what the social norm of having a man in charge. Even though a woman is in charge, there is a man who basically controls her.
Due to her attire at the work place, Low cut revealing tops, tight skirts or pant suits, I would also conclude that she still is interested in maintaining a level of femininity even though she is in the highest authoritative position possible. Dr. Gregory House is the main character of the show. He is the Head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and specializes in Infectious Diseases and Nephrology at the fabricated Princeton Plainsboro Hospital.
His brutally honest character and his complete disregard for higher authority and lack of moral values, allows for a compelling television drama about the processes of extensive diagnosis and the interrelations between doctors and patients. The character, House, is a prime example of how gender roles are emphasized, criticized, and completely construed. The character House is an undeniably brilliant doctor who continuously puts co-workers, patients, and family members down with outrageous ridicule and downright rude behavior.
He is constantly breaking the ethical codes of doctors to ensure the proper diagnosis and drags his elite posse of well-trained doctors along for the ride. It seems as if the doctor enjoys seeing pain in his patients’ eyes because the mastermind has to cope with pains of his own and he feels like he shouldn’t be the only one dealing.. I believe that he seems to act like the alpha male with all the answers because he is trying to deal with the pain that comes with his life. Dr. Lawrence Kutner, is a specialist in sports medicine and rehabilitation medicine. He is a young Arabian doctor straight out of medical school.
He offers many radical solutions to the medical mysteries that come his way. Kutner and House sometimes butt heads about some situations because they are both so persistent about their diagnosis. It seems like there is a competition to be the alpha male between the two. Between the House and Kutner, they would always verbally attack each other over a diagnostic to see which one was able to figure it out first. This agrees with Cameron’s view that, “Men’s way of using language is competitive, reflecting their general interest in acquiring and maintaining status.
In this case, House is the alpha male, and is constantly being challenged by Kutner. Dr. Allison Cameron is the beautiful young immunologist on House’s team. She plays the role of the emotional, fragile one in his league of well-trained doctors. She is the only woman doctor of House’s doctors. She is continuously getting attached with patients and always wants to do the “right thing. ” She is afraid of doing something dangerous that might jeopardize the safety of the patient, whether or not House has demanded her to do so.
The show gives the impression that she is weak and that she is very feminine because she is the only on of the doctors that really cares about the patients and their feelings. Also as Holmes describes “ women [are] more likely to ask questions and make comments when the topic was one they could claim expert knowledge about. ” Cameron would also be the first to ask a question about the diagnostics of the patient causing House to quickly disprove it. The relationship between Dr. Cameron and House, as some may consider it, is a romantic one. It has been thought that Cameron has always had a slight crush on Dr.
House and that might be why she always does what he says. Again, this shows that Dr. House is a very masculine, dominating force over Dr. Cameron because she might have a thing for him. It seems that she lets her emotions influence her decisions instead of rationale. Dr. Robert Chase is the surgeon in Dr. House’s team. Chase comes from a family with a lot of old money and House thinks that because of Chase’s background that why he acts the way he does. House treats Dr. Chase very condescendingly, along with Cameron; he treats them all like children.
He does this because House is afraid that someone from his team might overthrow him as alpha male so he continuously makes Chase redo test after test just so he wont get ahead of House. Dr. Remy Hadley also known as thirteen, whose character specializes in Internal Medicine. She received the nickname thirteen from the interviewing process. Dr. Hadley is a very controversial character. There are so many different aspects of her character that can be questioned when analyzing gender roles in the show. Thirteen is a bisexual woman, who has a drug problem, and who is probably one of the more dynamic doctors in the series, besides House of course.
Her sexual orientation is of the utmost interest to Dr. House. He also knows that “thirteen” has a history of drug abuse and he still continues to employ her because he knows that she is a very talented doctor. Her bisexual orientation is evidence that the media’s “wall of preexisting gender norms” is being knocked down. Also her inability to accept the fact that she is going to die of Huntington’s Disease (a rare disease that slowly disintegrates your organs one-by-one) is also an indicator of the stubborn, masculine qualities that she exudes. She is basically the antithesis of Dr.
Cameron such that she tends to think more “man like”; more logically rather than emotionally. As Cameron explained in her essay, “ Men’s goals in language tend to be about getting things done, whereas women’s tend to be about making connection to other people. ” This proves to be true in this show. All the males on Houses’ team always tend to go off the facts and if a symptom is not physically or mentally proven, they disregard it all together. However, the women on the team always try to connect the patients to outside sources such as, family problems or social problems.
For example, when a child goes into a seizure, the men would look for physical reasons why it would happen, and what disorder might cause it. The women would look into the child’s history; see if the seizure was causes by an event that someone caused. Works Cited Cameron, Deborah. “What Language Barrier. ” Exploring Language. White Plains, NY: Longman, 2011. Print. Holmes, Janet. “Women Talk Too Much. ” Exploring Language. White Plains, NY: Longman, 2011. Print. Blake, Peter. House M. D. Fox. Television.