Beauty and the Patriarchal Beast: Gender Role Portrayals in Sitcoms Featuring Mismatched Couples

@article{Walsh2008BeautyAT,
  title={Beauty and the Patriarchal Beast: Gender Role Portrayals in Sitcoms Featuring Mismatched Couples},
  author={Kimberly R. Walsh and Elfriede F{\"u}rsich and Bonnie S. Jefferson},
  journal={Journal of Popular Film and Television},
  year={2008},
  volume={36},
  pages={123 - 132}
}
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