I’ve been going back and forth through several idea for my final project, but I think I’ve finally decided on one- an in-depth feminist analysis of the show Parks and Recreation. For those of you haven’t seen the show, Parks and Recreation is a comedy series on NBC starring Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope, a perky, geeky, self-proclaimed feminist who loves her job in the Parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. The show has a mockumentary filming style, much like that of The Office.
Some specific things I’d like to focus on:
1) the changes in the Leslie Knope character after the first season, as there was quite a bit of feedback that she seemed unintelligent and “ditzy.” (In later seasons, she’s definitely portrayed as a much stronger character.
2) Knope’s portayal as a woman in politics; comparison of this with real-life women in politics
3) the portrayal of other women in the show (those that work in the Parks department alongside Leslie, but also those that do not)
4) Leslie’s romantic relationships
Essentially, the overarching question is- Is Parks and Rec a feminist show?
To take a step back- What makes a show “feminist”?