Feminist Propaganda

Caricature Cast of Maude

By Rick Gordon

Maude, a Norman Lear Bud Yorkin sitcom aired from September 1972 till April 1978 . It depicted what it's creators hoped would further widen the chasm between American men and women, like it's parent show 'All in the Family', it was an assault on traditional American Values and the Family structure. The lead character, Maude, played by Beatrice Arthur, was an overbearing opinionated feminist.

Maude Findlay was initially ejaculated onto American television in the second season of All in the Family, shortly before Christmas in 1971. Merry Christmas Suckers!

She was worked into the show as Edith Bunkers wise and wonderful 'liberated' cousin, an antithesis to the brazen buffoonish Archie. She was the all knowing enlightened spokeswomen for Liberalism as opposed to Archie, the ignoramical comical spokesman for traditional values.

In Maude's first appearance she was allegedly widowed twice. Her First husbands brain exploded ... an aneurysm, and her second died of heart failure. In the Maude series her ex-husbands names were changed {To protect the innocent ?} and a third was added.

Where All in the Family urinated on the traditional Strong male father/husband figure with it's Archie Bunker archetype. Maude was designed to project a strong female role model, to implant a vision of what Big Brother envisioned their Brave New World should be composed of, mindless Liberal dupes who would parrot the official party line .

Secondary characters included husband Walter and daughter Carol. Walter was meek, rather old-fashioned, and at times, probably used more as a literary device than anything else, he was portrayed as chauvinistic, which Maude would not tolerate. Carol was Maude's younger self, although a more attractive version, the two on occasion clashed, but the outcome always benefited left wing ideology.

Was Maude Gay ? In reality, older women with the personality, disposition and physical appearance of Maude are generally single or lesbian. Very few normal males would enjoy the company of this type of female, not now, not then, not ever.

Maude could not command an adoring audience of normal heterosexual woman that saw her as something they would strive to be. She was as much masculine as feminine. Homely, overbearing and in street terms she was a "butch", that's a "u" after the B , not an "i".

A standard gag of the show was to have Maude answer the telephone, callers frequently mistook her for Walter, due to her masculine voice. She would generally respond to whomever was on the phone, "No, this is not Mr. Findlay, this is Mrs. Findlay." generally followed by a emasculating remark concerning Walter.

Once when asked if she had ever tried a Lesbian affair Bea Arthur responded "I thought about it once, but it didn't take. I didn't even approach it." She probably wasn't a Lesbian, rumors of an affair between her and Penny Marshall of Laverne and Shirley were never substantiated.

If she was gay, there is no solid evidence of such, but she did have Gay sympathies, and the homosexual community adored her. She involved herself heavily in AIDS activism, left a donation of $300,000 to an organization supporting homeless Gay and Transgender adolescents.

The program Maude , had it sought to have middle class American females identify with it's lead character would be considered way out of touch with reality. Unlike the vast majority of American women, the character Maude never put in an honest days labor in her life, she was supported by her Husbands entrepreneurship, and even maintained a housekeeper. {One such maid was 'Florida' played by Estelle Rolle, who later got her own series "Good Times"}

The abortion episode of Maude is credited bolstering public acceptance of abortion. Some believe it even influenced the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision . Maude finding herself pregnant at age 47 opted to terminate her pregnancy. The 2 part show stirred up sympathy for abortion via her predicament. `The abortion section entitled 'Maude's Dilemma' attracted almost 7,000 protest letters . Come the repeats in 1973, CBS received over 17,000 protest letters , 40 CBS affiliates chose not to show it, not a single major corporate sponsor bought commercial air-time.