"There you have the kitchen as the last gasp of the old gender identity," Thompson says. "June Cleaver is the remnant of the old female world order. The kitchen was where June would talk to the kids in her somewhat oblivious way. But it was in Ward's den where the episode would always end, and the children would receive the male wisdom. It was a very gendered thing going on there."
"I always say that Alice Nelson was a '90s woman stuck in a '70s sitcom. She usurped the center of power in the house, the kitchen, which was so much more Alice's domain than Carol's. She was an unmarried, uncommitted woman who was better at the domestic territory than the mother was. The best advic...Read more