Back in , the ladies of The Golden Girls were breaking subtle but powerful ground every episode. But The Golden Girls did it without glitz and glam, instead presenting a more realistic image that was relatable not only for women but also for many gay men. We owe much of it to The Golden Girls. Here are just some of the powerful messages put forth 30 years ago that ring true today. No one should be judged for how much sex they have. When Rose answers "56," Blanche gets hilariously angry, because now she knows she isn't the only one with a wild past.
Everyone has the right to love and sleep with whomever they want. YouTube Being gay wasn't a simple punchline on Golden Girls. In this scene, Blanche's initial reaction to a lesbian character is confused; she doesn't understand why a woman wouldn't want "all that a man has to offer.
The conversation about sex doesn't have to stop as you get older. YouTube In a conversation about marital sex, Dorothy says she and her husband stopped having it completely. Rose, of course, is led to believe Dorothy literally cut off her husband's penis, but that's another story. Frank and serious discussions about sex, including the lack thereof, didn't happen much on sitcoms during this era.
Anyone who's found love deserves the right to be married. In a scene that perfectly sums up the case for marriage equality, Blanche is perplexed and upset about her brother's marriage to another man, wondering why he is "flaunting" his relationship.
Sophia wryly responds by asking, "Why did you marry George? Everyone wants someone to grow old with," Sophia explains, educating a very misguided Blanche — and anyone else watching. Watching porn shouldn't come with any shame. YouTube Sophia accidentally rents a porno, which Dorothy is taken aback by.
But Sophia doesn't mind, claiming "dirty is in the eye of the beholder. It's an evolution that's still happening , as we come to accept that women do indeed watch porn — and that their porn preferences differ from men's.
AIDS is not a "bad person's disease. While the show didn't feature male characters with AIDS, in one episode, Rose finds out there's a small chance she might have come in contact with HIV-positive blood.
Her fear-driven reaction leads her to question how she, a "goody two-shoes," could possibly get AIDS. Blanche's response smartly and compassionately refutes the notion that AIDS is "God's punishment," quashing the negative stigma that AIDS carried at the time and still sometimes does. When it comes to sexual orientation and identity, no one label fits all.
Blanche corrects her, saying "people don't say 'queer,' they say 'gay. No one should be slut-shamed for taking control of their sex lives. YouTube Even TV shows today don't spend much time talking about condoms.
But The Golden Girls did, not only highlighting their importance but taking on the shame and stigma around women carrying their own protection. Tolerating difference isn't the same thing as truly accepting it. YouTube Sure, Blanche doesn't mind gay men, she doesn't understand why they have to go and date each other.