History Main / SocietyMarchesOn

15th Feb '18 6:27:10 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has several parts where social mores have not dated so well. One example is the alien from Betelgeuse who tries to pretend he's human, and English, by adopting what he thought was a very common name - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Prefect Ford Prefect]]. While it still sort of works, the joke is slightly spoiled by the fact that hardly anyone except a few classic car enthusiasts has ever actually heard of a Ford Prefect, but no modern update has yet renamed him "Ford Fiesta" or something. (This was a problem when the book was first published in the United States as well, because Ford never set up a North American assembly line and only a handful were imported.)
** Another possible example is the claim that humans are "ape-descended life forms" that "are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea". This was back when digital watches were fairly new but not totally ubiquitous, but reading it now, can you think of ''anybody'' in a developed world that is still that impressed with digital watches?
** Though the introduction of smartwatches may make the gag topical again for a while.
** The Quandary Phase of [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the radio series]] (based on ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'') alters it to "novelty cellphone ringtones". This sets up a similar alteration later, where Ford hands cellphones with novelty ringtones out to a crowd instead of Sony Walkmans. And now ''that's'' dated as well; how many people in 2016 still think novelty cellphone ringtones are a pretty neat idea?
** [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The movie]] dodged the issue; Ford was referred to only by his first name. It did however explain the origin of his name by showing a FlashBack where Ford, thinking cars were the dominant species on the planet, walks out into the street to shake hands with an oncoming car ([[FreezeFrameBonus a Ford Prefect, natch]]) and Arthur performs a DivingSave. This can also be seen as [[IOweYouMyLife further justification]] for Ford choosing to save Arthur from the Vogons beyond just "He's my only real friend here".
** The people in the Golgafrincham B-Ark - the joke being that all the jobs they do are useless, 'pointless' jobs - have at least partially dated. While middle-management types and meddling marketers remain problems, people don't really look down on hairdressers as being 'pointless' any more (in the 1970s it was just beginning to become socially acceptable for a man to go to a hairdresser's instead of a barber's, but it was still seen as very weird - nowadays men go to a hairdresser's as default, and viewing a service mostly of interest to women as pointless is seen as a bit misogynistic). Then there's the 'telephone sanitisers', who have ceased to exist along with the public telephones they service.

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has several parts where social mores have not dated so well. One example is the alien from Betelgeuse who tries to pretend he's human, and English, by adopting what he thought was a very common name - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Prefect Ford Prefect]]. While it still sort of works, the joke is slightly spoiled by the fact that hardly anyone except a few classic car enthusiasts has ever actually heard of a Ford Prefect, but no modern update has yet renamed him "Ford Fiesta" or something. (This was a problem when the book was first published in the United States as well, because Ford never set up a North American assembly line and only a handful were imported.)
** Another possible example is the claim that humans are "ape-descended life forms" that "are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea". This was back when digital watches were fairly new but not totally ubiquitous, but reading it now, can you think of ''anybody'' in a developed world that is still that impressed with digital watches?
** Though the introduction of smartwatches may make the gag topical again for a while.
** The Quandary Phase of [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the radio series]] (based on ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'') alters it to "novelty cellphone ringtones". This sets up a similar alteration later, where Ford hands cellphones with novelty ringtones out to a crowd instead of Sony Walkmans. And now ''that's'' dated as well; how many people in 2016 still think novelty cellphone ringtones are a pretty neat idea?
** [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The movie]] dodged the issue; Ford was referred to only by his first name. It did however explain the origin of his name by showing a FlashBack where Ford, thinking cars were the dominant species on the planet, walks out into the street to shake hands with an oncoming car ([[FreezeFrameBonus a Ford Prefect, natch]]) and Arthur performs a DivingSave. This can also be seen as [[IOweYouMyLife further justification]] for Ford choosing to save Arthur from the Vogons beyond just "He's my only real friend here".
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people in the Golgafrincham B-Ark - the joke being that all the jobs they do are useless, 'pointless' jobs - have at least partially dated. While middle-management types and meddling marketers remain problems, people don't really look down on hairdressers as being 'pointless' any more (in the 1970s it was just beginning to become socially acceptable for a man to go to a hairdresser's instead of a barber's, but it was still seen as very weird - nowadays men go to a hairdresser's as default, and viewing a service mostly of interest to women as pointless is seen as a bit misogynistic). Then there's the 'telephone sanitisers', who have ceased to exist along with the public telephones they service.



* When Odo umpires the baseball game in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E04TakeMeOutToTheHolosuite}} Take Me Out to the Holosuite]]", he sends Sisko off for touching him, referencing rule 4.06. In 2016, Major League Baseball renumbered all of its rules so they were in a more coherent order, and the rule is now 6.04. Though Odo, being the RulesLawyer that he is, could still have had access to the original numbering of the rules. Considering the game is all but extinct, it could be reasonable that Sisko wrote the program to play on a more historical field (nothing beyond the Federation Flag and Anthem would look out of place from a 90s field) and Odo used rules as written from that time for accuracy's sake.



** The serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler The Time Meddler]]" contains a part where companion from the future, Steven, refers to the TARDIS as looking like a 'modern police box'. Whoops.
14th Feb '18 4:41:06 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** Heinlein's short story ''Literature/AllYouZombies'':
*** It features a sex-segregated future in which astronauts and space pilots are always male, and the spaceship stewardess/prostitutes in skimpy outfits are all female. Written not long after WWII, the story fails to anticipate that the horrifying events of that war would lead to very strict legislation about medical procedures and informed consent. His central character is placed under general anesthesia -- and wakes to be informed, ''after the fact'', that s/he has been subjected without consent to sex reassignment surgery. In our world such a character would not be relegated to a hand-to-mouth living writing confession stories, because he would sue the hospital and doctor into bankruptcy.

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** Heinlein's short story ''Literature/AllYouZombies'':
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''Literature/AllYouZombies'' features a sex-segregated future in which astronauts and space pilots are always male, and the spaceship stewardess/prostitutes in skimpy outfits are all female. Written not long after WWII, the story fails to anticipate that the horrifying events of that war would lead to very strict legislation about medical procedures and informed consent. His central character is placed under general anesthesia -- and wakes to be informed, ''after the fact'', that s/he has been subjected without consent to sex reassignment surgery. In our world such a character would not be relegated to a hand-to-mouth living writing confession stories, because he would sue the hospital and doctor into bankruptcy.
30th Dec '17 4:29:06 AM JackG
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime Twice Upon A Time]]" pokes fun at this by having the Twelfth Doctor encountering the First Doctor at the time of "The Tenth Planet" and being embarrassed at his sexist attitudes.
22nd Dec '17 5:18:12 AM ZanderSchubert
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** The episode [[SouthParkS9E1MrGarrisonsFancyNewVagina Mr Garrison's Fancy New Vagina]] mocks transgender identities, comparing it to a human wanting to become a dolphin. By [[SouthParkS18E3TheCissy The Cissy]], nearly a decade later, trans identities have become far more normalised, and the joke is instead how Cartman fakes a trans identity to get what he wants.

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** The episode [[SouthParkS9E1MrGarrisonsFancyNewVagina ''[[Recap/SouthParkS9E1MrGarrisonsFancyNewVagina Mr Garrison's Fancy New Vagina]] Vagina]]'' mocks transgender identities, comparing it to a human wanting to become a dolphin. By [[SouthParkS18E3TheCissy ''[[Recap/SouthParkS18E3TheCissy The Cissy]], Cissy]]'', nearly a decade later, trans identities have become far more normalised, and the joke is instead how Cartman fakes a trans identity to get what the bathroom privacy he wants.
22nd Dec '17 4:55:57 AM ZanderSchubert
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** The episode [[SouthParkS9E1MrGarrisonsFancyNewVagina Mr Garrison's Fancy New Vagina]] mocks transgender identities, comparing it to a human wanting to become a dolphin. By [[SouthParkS18E3TheCissy The Cissy]], nearly a decade later, trans identities have become far more normalised, and the joke is instead how Cartman fakes a trans identity to get what he wants.
17th Dec '17 7:31:36 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has several earlier episodes that passed into this, which is inevitable given the LongRunner status of the show. A notable example would be the episode ''Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest'' in the US and Canada, which had a gag that the protagonist can only participate in the titular contest if he submits a box top of said cereal as a proof of purchase, prompting Arthur to munch on said cereal throughout the episode. New consumer laws introduced around and after the turn of the millennium prohibits making the participant buy a product to enter a contest as it constitutes to a form of advertising. If Crunch Cereal were to try that shtick again in TheNewTens, they'd be facing a hefty fine from the FTC, and the contest forcefully cancelled.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has several earlier episodes that passed into this, which is inevitable given the LongRunner status of the show. A notable example would be the season 1 episode ''Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest'' in the US and Canada, which had a gag that the protagonist can only participate in the titular contest if he submits a box top of said cereal as a proof of purchase, prompting Arthur to munch on said cereal throughout the episode. New consumer laws introduced around and after the turn of the millennium prohibits making the participant buy a product to enter a contest as it constitutes to a form of advertising. If Crunch Cereal were to try that shtick again in TheNewTens, they'd be facing a hefty fine from the FTC, and the contest forcefully cancelled.
17th Dec '17 7:31:11 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has several earlier episodes that passed into this, which is inevitable given the LongRunner status of the show. A notable example would be the episode ''Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest'' in the US and Canada, which had a gag that the protagonist can only participate in the titular contest if he submits a box top of said cereal as a proof of purchase, prompting Arthur to munch on said cereal throughout the episode. New consumer laws introduced around and after the turn of the millennium prohibits making the participant buy a product to enter a contest as it constitutes to a form of advertising. If Crunch Cereal were to try that shtick again in TheNewTens, they'd be facing a hefty fine from the FTC, and the contest forcefully cancelled.
1st Dec '17 8:31:23 PM CakeIsOverrated
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* The song "Year 3000" by Busted gives us the line "It's pretty much the same, but they live underwater."

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* The song "Year 3000" by Busted gives us the line "It's pretty "Not much the same, has changed, but they live underwater."
25th Nov '17 9:12:37 AM narm00
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* ''Manga/Area88'', originally a 1979 manga, then a mid 80s OAV, and finally a 2004 TV series are all clearly set in the year the original manga was made (or at least, that is when the story begins). The premise has dated and is completely implausible now. The information age, the fall of Communism, the end of the Cold War, and the current political climate in general, have made the idea of a small Middle Eastern country like Asran(Aslan) refusing to export its oil for profit very improbable. There are now more ways than ever for foreign capitalists (or countries) to manipulate a small North African country and get their heads of state to see things a different way. A protracted war would be completely unnecessary. Also, the idea of the Foreign Legion as a place for people to disappear, no questions asked, was dated even when the story was originally written. Today, they are not only more selective and do background checks, but you also have to prove your competency before the contract is even offered. So the idea of tricking a drunk person into signing up for the FL is completely ludicrous. Also, today, it wouldn't take much effort for Ryoko to immediately find out why Shin vanished (also, Shin could easily contact her by e-mail), thus exposing Kanzaki's sinister schemes. Finally, the idea of a mercenary air force being a quicker and less expensive alternative to training and maintaining one's own air force is no longer that relevant since air to air combat is now borderline obsolete. Besides, drone aircraft are even cheaper than merc pilots and a country could train its own operators quite inexpensively. Today, the war would be fought within the country, on the ground, and would look to outsiders as just another grassroots terrorist insurgency movement.

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* ''Manga/Area88'', originally a 1979 manga, then a mid 80s OAV, and finally a 2004 TV series series, which are all clearly set in the year the original manga was made (or at least, that is when the story begins). The premise has dated and is completely implausible now. The information age, the fall of Communism, the end of the Cold War, and the current political climate in general, have made the idea of a small Middle Eastern country like Asran(Aslan) refusing to export its oil for profit very improbable. There are now more ways than ever for foreign capitalists (or countries) to manipulate a small North African country and get their heads of state to see things a different way. A protracted war would be completely unnecessary. Also, the idea of the Foreign Legion as a place for people to disappear, no questions asked, was dated even when the story was originally written. Today, they are not only more selective and do background checks, but you also have to prove your competency before the contract is even offered. So the idea of tricking a drunk person into signing up for the FL is completely ludicrous. Also, today, it wouldn't take much effort for Ryoko to immediately find out why Shin vanished (also, Shin could easily contact her by e-mail), thus exposing Kanzaki's sinister schemes. Finally, the idea of a mercenary air force being a quicker and less expensive alternative to training and maintaining one's own air force is no longer that relevant since air to air combat is now borderline obsolete. Besides, drone aircraft are even cheaper than merc pilots and a country could train its own operators quite inexpensively. Today, the war would be fought within the country, on the ground, and would look to outsiders as just another grassroots terrorist insurgency movement.



* The character history for the ComicBook/PostCrisis Katherine "Kate" Kane, who would become ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, is that of a dedicated student at West Point who was expelled from the academy and forbidden to enter the army because of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The policy itself, which forbade any confirmed homosexuals from serving in the US Military, was repealed by an act of congress in 2011, barely a year after her origin was given in ''Detective Comics''. The story was completely accurate at the time it was written, and will have leeway for several more years because it is a flashback that occurred several years in the past, but it can no longer be brought forward to the "present" when [[ComicBookTime time "progresses"]]. Kate is actually a good example of how DCU has already reached this in regards to gay people, since her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer was [=DCU=]'s first confirmed gay character back in 1987, and her entire backstory consisted off "[[{{Gayngst}} Why it sucks to be gay]]". In comparison, when we get a 4 issue flashback detailing key-aspects off Kate's background we don't even get to see the "Fuck, I am gay!"-moment, at the end of one issue she is a child whose mother and sister just got killed, at the start of the next she is enrolled in West Point sucking lips with her serious girlfriend and are about to be subjected to "don't ask, don't tell", since those two aspects of her past has had much bigger impact than the whole "Liking girls"-thing.

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* The character history for the ComicBook/PostCrisis Katherine "Kate" Kane, who would become ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, is that of a dedicated student at West Point who was expelled from the academy and forbidden to enter the army because of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The policy itself, which forbade any confirmed homosexuals from serving in the US Military, was repealed by an act of congress in 2011, barely a year after her origin was given in ''Detective Comics''. The story was completely accurate at the time it was written, and will have leeway for several more years because it is a flashback that occurred several years in the past, but it can no longer be brought forward to the "present" when [[ComicBookTime time "progresses"]]. Kate is actually a good example of how the DCU has already reached this in regards to gay people, since her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer was [=DCU=]'s the DCU's first confirmed gay character back in 1987, and her entire backstory consisted off "[[{{Gayngst}} Why it sucks to be gay]]". In comparison, when we get a 4 issue flashback detailing key-aspects off key aspects of Kate's background we don't even get to see the "Fuck, I am gay!"-moment, I'm gay!" moment; at the end of one issue she is she's a child whose mother and sister just got killed, and at the start of the next she is she's enrolled in West Point sucking lips with her serious girlfriend and are about to be subjected to "don't ask, don't tell", since those two aspects of her past has have had much bigger impact than the whole "Liking girls"-thing.



* Modern readers of Walter Miller's post-apocalyptic classic, ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz'' may find some of the future Catholic dogmas to be a bit...antiquated. This is due to the novel being written just a few years before Vatican II, and thus including none of its changes.

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* Modern readers of Walter Miller's post-apocalyptic classic, classic ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz'' may find some of the future Catholic dogmas to be a bit...antiquated. This is due to the novel being written just a few years before Vatican II, and thus including none of its changes.



* In Creator/EdmondHamilton's ''Literature/TheSargassoOfSpace'', it is evidently assumed that crewing space ships would be a job primarily reserved for Men, much like sailing was when the story was written.

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* In Creator/EdmondHamilton's ''Literature/TheSargassoOfSpace'', it is evidently assumed that crewing space ships would be a job primarily reserved for Men, men, much like sailing was when the story was written.



* According to [[Literature/MenMartiansAndMachines Sarge]] all doctors aboard spaceships as black because "for reasons not understood, no Negro had ever suffered space sickness." Although this portrayal is FairForItsDay in that a black person in a position of authority in a white-dominated society was remarkable in itself, it does make the reader wonder: [[FridgeLogic why aren't spaceship crews entirely black, if that's the case]]?

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* According to [[Literature/MenMartiansAndMachines Sarge]] all doctors aboard spaceships as are black because "for reasons not understood, no Negro had ever suffered space sickness." Although this portrayal is FairForItsDay in that a black person in a position of authority in a white-dominated society was remarkable in itself, it does make the reader wonder: [[FridgeLogic why aren't spaceship crews entirely black, if that's the case]]?



* One of Creator/PhilipKDick's lesser known short stories is a piece called ''Some Kinds of Life'', which is basically about humanity's constant tendency to find reasons to go to war. The whole thing being told from the point of view of a housewife in a future society as members of her family are drafted into military service for various wars in different parts of the Solar System and end up being killed in action. The story ends with the wife receiving a draft notice of her own and being genuinely shocked by the notion that the army would become desperate enough to start recruiting women (I might add they do this ''after'' resorting to recruiting boys under the regulation age). This would probably have made sense when it was written, as it was likely at a point when the army was still very male-exclusive and women were only permitted in very specific fields. However, it may seem a bit jarring to a modern reader living in a world where it is not so unusual for women to serve in the military with just as much combat training as their male comrades.
* Not even the Bible is immune to this trope. Some end-of-the-world prophecies in it run along the lines of: "Two women will be grinding corn together. And one will be taken up to heaven, the other one not."

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* One of Creator/PhilipKDick's lesser known short stories is a piece called ''Some Kinds of Life'', which is basically about humanity's constant tendency to find reasons to go to war. The whole thing being is told from the point of view of a housewife in a future society as members of her family are drafted into military service for various wars in different parts of the Solar System and end up being killed in action. The story ends with the wife receiving a draft notice of her own and being genuinely shocked by the notion that the army would become desperate enough to start recruiting women (I might add they do this ''after'' resorting to recruiting boys under the regulation age). This would probably have made sense when it was written, as it was likely at a point when the army was still very male-exclusive and women were only permitted in very specific fields. However, it may seem a bit jarring to a modern reader living in a world where it is not so unusual for women to serve in the military with just as much combat training as their male comrades.
* Not even the Bible Literature/TheBible is immune to this trope. Some end-of-the-world prophecies in it run along the lines of: "Two women will be grinding corn together. And one will be taken up to heaven, the other one not."



* A. E. van Vogt's short story ''The Weapon Shop'', published in 1942, is seemingly set on a future where humanity has begun colonizing other planets and one government has almost absolute authority over everything. Said political body is of course made up entirely of men outside of the ruling Empress. Meanwhile, the "Weapon Shop" itself is a front for a resistance movement protecting people's rights, but when the protagonist is brought to a special meeting place where workers are being helped the story describes him seeing "thousands of men". Though it refers to female secretaries, the writer evidently never considered the possibility of women getting involved with the workforce.

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* A. E. van Vogt's short story ''The Weapon Shop'', published in 1942, is seemingly set on in a future where humanity has begun colonizing other planets and one government has almost absolute authority over everything. Said political body is of course made up entirely of men outside of the ruling Empress. Meanwhile, the "Weapon Shop" itself is a front for a resistance movement protecting people's rights, but when the protagonist is brought to a special meeting place where workers are being helped the story describes him seeing "thousands of men". Though it refers to female secretaries, the writer evidently never considered the possibility of women getting involved with the workforce.



* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop aside, ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' story about Sister being bullied, fighting back, and merely getting what amounted to a slap on the wrist looks hilariously outdated in part because Tuffy ''and'' Sister got off ''lightly''. Many schools have adopted zero tolerance policy which states that Sister would have been in just as much trouble as Tuffy for fighting back. Additionally, Tuffy is depicted as ''throwing rocks at a baby bird''. This would today easily get Tuffy a one-way trip to the child psychologist, rather than just a probation.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop aside, ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' story about Sister being bullied, fighting back, and merely getting what amounted to a slap on the wrist looks hilariously outdated in part because Tuffy ''and'' Sister got off ''lightly''. Many schools have adopted zero tolerance policy policies which states state that Sister would have been in just as much trouble as Tuffy for fighting back. Additionally, Tuffy is depicted as ''throwing rocks at a baby bird''. This would today easily get Tuffy a one-way trip to the child psychologist, rather than just a probation.



* ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'': Despite the characters stated disconnect from the 20th century, the book is pretty emblematic of the time it was written in respect to gender roles, although Ms. Wyg&[[note]]Yes, her name has an ampersand in it.[[/note]] clearly has an active sex life which is only complained about when she distracts undercover cops. On the other hand, there is a scene where a black applicant is accepted into the Esper's Guild on account of his latent talent, which suggests that at least their group is meritocratic. Also, the president of the Guild is Asian.

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* ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'': Despite the characters characters' stated disconnect from the 20th century, the book is pretty emblematic of the time it was written in respect to gender roles, although Ms. Wyg&[[note]]Yes, her name has an ampersand in it.[[/note]] clearly has an active sex life which is only complained about when she distracts undercover cops. On the other hand, there is a scene where a black applicant is accepted into the Esper's Guild on account of his latent talent, which suggests that at least their group is meritocratic. Also, the president of the Guild is Asian.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has some of this as well. One episode in the second season involves Riker making omlettes for the crew and Worf asking if it isn't typical among humans for women to do the cooking.[[note]] Interestingly, Worf was ''raised'' by human adoptive parents. So using him as a {{Strawman}} for this was especially peculiar. Although apparently his adopted mother ''was'' the one that cooked in their family.[[/note]] That assumes that centuries in the future, after achieving a post-scarcity world and being able to have any meal they want instantly materialize, humanity would still have the same norms around who does the housework that American society had in the 1980s. More broadly, after the show's first season the only main-cast female crew members are the doctor and the therapist (who are, from the third season on, also the love interests of the two male lead characters).

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has some of this as well. One episode in the second season involves Riker making omlettes omelettes for the crew and Worf asking if it isn't typical among humans for women to do the cooking.[[note]] Interestingly, Worf was ''raised'' by human adoptive parents. So using him as a {{Strawman}} for this was especially peculiar. Although apparently his adopted mother ''was'' the one that cooked in their family.[[/note]] That assumes that centuries in the future, after achieving a post-scarcity world and being able to have any meal they want instantly materialize, humanity would still have the same norms around who does the housework that American society had in the 1980s. More broadly, after the show's first season the only main-cast female crew members are the doctor and the therapist (who are, from the third season on, also the love interests of the two male lead characters).



** We never see a single Time Lady from their introduction as a race in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" in 1969 until 1977's "The Invasion of Time" (ignoring Susan, who was a character back when the show followed [[TheArtifact different rules]] and the Doctor was still AmbiguouslyHuman). Fans at the time (and some of the actors) even thought Time Lords might have been a OneGenderRace. "The Deadly Assassin" attempted to work with this by turning it into a satire of the white-boys'-club mentality of British politics - a criticism that still has fangs decades later - but still seems short-sighted with Margaret Thatcher being Leader of the Opposition at the time. From the late 70s onwards, a {{retcon}} was made that Time Lords were a post-sexist society, and even gave the Doctor a Time Lady as a companion (who is sometimes shown to be baffled by human attitudes towards women). Later than that it was established that Time Lords and Time Ladies occasionally swap sex when they regenerate, and both the latest Master and the 13th Doctor are women.

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** We never see a single Time Lady from their introduction as a race in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" in 1969 until 1977's "The Invasion of Time" (ignoring Susan, who was a character back when the show followed [[TheArtifact different rules]] and the Doctor was still AmbiguouslyHuman). Fans at the time (and some of the actors) even thought Time Lords might have been a OneGenderRace. "The Deadly Assassin" attempted to work with this by turning it into a satire of the white-boys'-club mentality of British politics - a criticism that still has fangs decades later - but still seems short-sighted with Margaret Thatcher being Leader of the Opposition at the time. From the late 70s onwards, a an implicit {{retcon}} was made that Time Lords were a post-sexist society, and even gave the Doctor even got a Time Lady as a companion (who is sometimes shown to be baffled by human attitudes towards women). Later than that it was established that Time Lords and Time Ladies occasionally [[SexSwitcher swap sex sex]] when they regenerate, and both the latest Capaldi-era Master and the 13th Doctor are women.



* The Statler Brothers' 1960s hit song, "Flowers on the Wall," had the character sarcastically talk about "Smoking cigarettes and watching ''Series/CaptainKangaroo''" as proof that he does not have nothing to do. When Franchise/TheMuppets had a ViralVideo of their own cover of the song, obviously with that franchise's popularity with kids that line would not do with obviously unhealthy implications of the former, and the fact that Bob Keeshan's TV show has been gone for decades. So, now Beaker occupies himself with equally pointless tasks.

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* The Statler Brothers' 1960s hit song, "Flowers on the Wall," had the character sarcastically talk about "Smoking cigarettes and watching ''Series/CaptainKangaroo''" as proof that he does not have nothing to do. When Franchise/TheMuppets had a ViralVideo of their own cover of the song, obviously with that franchise's popularity with kids that line would not do with the obviously unhealthy implications of the former, and the fact that Bob Keeshan's TV show has been gone for decades. So, now Beaker occupies himself with equally pointless tasks.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' An alternate history version: Mankind achieves space travel in 1870 and meets other intelligent species and gets access to material that makes flying ship possible -- all other things being the same, including society. The discovery of other intelligent species, for instance, has almost no effect on human society, and European colonists treat the new planets as new places such to explore, trade with and colonize, and Martians and lizard men as just new form of natives. Player characters are supposed to generally embody Victorian society and values, the players, of course, disagree with much of these. The in-game society is justifiably old-fashioned since it is actually set in an alternative past.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' An has an alternate history version: Mankind achieves space travel in 1870 and 1870, meets other intelligent species and gets access to material that makes flying ship ships possible -- with all other things being the same, including society. The discovery of other intelligent species, for instance, has almost no effect on human society, and European colonists treat the new planets as new places such to explore, trade with and colonize, and Martians and lizard men as just a new form of natives. Player characters are supposed to generally embody Victorian society and values, values; the players, of course, disagree with much of these. The in-game society is justifiably old-fashioned since it is actually set in an alternative past.



** Not to mention several jokes about the standard work week being ''9 hours'', based on the popular conception of the time that technology would allow people to work far less. Not only has the exact opposite happened for many people but cell phones and email has allowed bosses to contact employees 24/7, meaning that the separation between work and leisure has become blurred.

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** Not to mention several jokes about the standard work week being ''9 hours'', based on the popular conception of the time that technology would allow people to work far less. Not only has the exact opposite happened for many people but cell phones and email has have allowed bosses to contact employees 24/7, meaning that the separation between work and leisure has become blurred.



** In the Season 4 (1993) episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E15ILoveLisa I Love Lisa]]"'s "Mediocre Presidents" song it is remarked that they "won't find their pictures on dollars or on cents", with the supposition being that only above average Presidents would ever be given such an honor. Fast forward 20 years the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidental_dollar Presidential Dollar Coin]] series put '''every''' US President on a dollar coin.[[note]]Even UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, who died in 30 days![[/note]]
** In-universe example in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E16BartVsAustralia Bart vs. Australia]]", when discussing the brief Australia craze in the US, a movie theater shows the marquee "Yahoo Serious Festival".

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** In the Season 4 (1993) episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E15ILoveLisa I Love Lisa]]"'s "Mediocre Presidents" song it is remarked that they "won't find their pictures on dollars or on cents", with the supposition being that only above average Presidents would ever be given such an honor. Fast forward 20 years years, and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidental_dollar Presidential Dollar Coin]] series put '''every''' US President on a dollar coin.[[note]]Even UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, who died in 30 days![[/note]]
** In-universe example in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E16BartVsAustralia Bart vs. Australia]]", Australia]]": when discussing the brief Australia craze in the US, a movie theater shows the marquee "Yahoo Serious Festival".



* Through it aired in the early '90s, some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' could bring several questions to youths who saw the show today. "Doug Didn't Do It" would be one example of these:

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* Through Though it aired in the early '90s, some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' could bring several questions to youths who saw the show today. "Doug Didn't Do It" would be one example of these:



** To be fair it's established that Gus won't tell a teacher because kids don't believe in snitching which is still a common attitude among gradeschoolers even today, and there's no teachers or other staff around to witness the incident (even when bullying policies were more lax it still wasn't permitted and there would have been '''some''' punishment especially given the rather savage extent of the beating) and so the only adults aware would be Gus's parents who may believe standing up to bullies is the best solution, which would fit the attitude of a career military man like Mr. Griswold. There's also no way Gus could be expelled, since he didn't hit Gelman back and even if he did it would have been ruled self defense since Gelman clearly wasn't going to let him simply walk away. If anything Gus's parents could have a potential lawsuit against the school since it occurred on school property and the playground was unsupervised despite the large amount of kids still on it.

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** To be fair it's established that Gus won't tell a teacher because kids don't believe in snitching snitching, which is still a common attitude among gradeschoolers even today, and there's no teachers or other staff around to witness the incident (even when bullying policies were more lax it still wasn't permitted and there would have been '''some''' punishment especially given the rather savage extent of the beating) and so the only adults aware would be Gus's parents parents, who may believe standing up to bullies is the best solution, which would fit the attitude of a career military man like Mr. Griswold. There's also no way Gus could be expelled, since he didn't hit Gelman back and even if he did it would have been ruled self defense since Gelman clearly wasn't going to let him simply walk away. If anything Gus's parents could have a potential lawsuit against the school since it occurred on school property and the playground was unsupervised despite the large amount of kids still on it.
3rd Nov '17 7:31:04 PM JohnnyNevada
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*** The episode "[[TheSimpsonsS8E7LisasDateWithDensity Lisa's Date With Density]]" shows Nelson beating Milhouse to the point of Milhouse being wheeled out to an ambulance, when Nelson thinks a note (from Lisa) was from Milhouse. Even then it was questionable as a gag; nowadays, it's pretty much a poster symbol of [[UnfortunateImplications gay-bashing]] (Matthew Sheperd's death took place only two years after this episode aired).

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*** The episode "[[TheSimpsonsS8E7LisasDateWithDensity "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E7LisasDateWithDensity Lisa's Date With Density]]" shows Nelson beating Milhouse to the point of Milhouse being wheeled out to an ambulance, when Nelson thinks a note (from Lisa) was from Milhouse. Even then it was questionable as a gag; nowadays, it's pretty much a poster symbol of [[UnfortunateImplications gay-bashing]] (Matthew Sheperd's death took place only two years after this episode aired).
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