First of all, if you go back and watch Saved By The Bell, every single thing that comes out of A.C. Slater’s mouth is sexist and obnoxious. But the show specifically brings misogyny to a whole new level in the episode "Mamas and the Papas." In the episode, the group is paired off in mock marriages for a school project. During the episode, Slater calls Jessie crazy for not wanting to take his name and he loses his mind when the subject of stay-at-home dads come up in conversation. How dare she? How did feminist Jessie Spano ever put up with his sexist ways in the first place?
Jen’s entire character arc was based around her sexuality. And how many times did we have to hear Joey Potter put her down for being sexually active? Girl, let her live! In the episode "Full Moon Rising," Jen makes out with a sleazy guy named Vincent in her Gram’s kitchen. He starts to take things too far and Grams just happens to come home just in time to save Jen from being taken advantage of. Unfortunately, Grams goes in on her and tells her to act like a lady and asks her if she has any respect for herself. Talk about victim blaming.
After losing their apartment to Joey and Chandler, Monica and Rachel are desperate to get it back. When their plan to buy them season tickets to the Knicks fails, they know that they have to go big or go home. Their plan? The offer to kiss each other for a one whole minute. Of course the men think that this is the perfect answer and they happily switch rooms. These are grown men! Whose idea was that? I would have gone for the Knicks tickets.
In the episode, “Battle of the Sexists,” the whole gang cannot believe Donna beat Eric in basketball. Eric is even surprised about how far his friends take it. Hyde, Fez, and Kelso make fun of him, implying that because she won, he has been emasculated by his girlfriend's basketball skills. Okay, we get it! He plays like a girl. The women in her life don’t make it any better. Donna's friend Jackie says that her skills on the court are going to be a turn off and her mom tells her that it’s a woman’s responsibility to make her man feel superior and suggests that she should dumb herself down so he feels needed.
In the episode “The One With The Football” the gang faces off in a Thanksgiving Day football game that becomes a battle of the sexes. Seeing that the girls had “no chance” in winning, Phoebe flashes her boobs to Chandler and they win the game. What did you expect? We all know women are bad at sports. Ammiright?
In the episode, “The Shoes” George gets caught looking at the chest of a prospective boss’ daughter. They then they come up with the plan to make Elaine bare her boobs in front of the boss. If he was caught looking at her boobs, they would then try to convince him that men can't help but look when there are boobs around. Boys will be boys, right?
In the episode “Ain’t No Business like Show Business,” Will’s comedian friend from Philly comes to visit him. In a scene, Will asks him to hit on a woman and act as chauvinistic and pig-like as possible. Then he swoops in as “Chivalry John" and saves the day. First of all, targeting a woman and then belittling her is super annoying. And then he swoops in to save the day but only so he can get what he wants from her? In real life, she wouldn’t have wanted to talk to either one of them!
Ross discovers that his son likes Barbie dolls and he loses his mind! He spends the rest of the third season trying to force him to like GI Joes, monster trucks and dinosaur action figures. Way to give your kid a complex, Ross.
There is a joke in the episode "A Pinch for a Pinch" that crosses the line. Stephanie, a pre-teen at the time, and her sister’s bestie, Kimmy Gibler, are reading the high school newspaper together. When they start talking about Kimmy's horoscope column, Stephanie says, "Horoscope? What's that Kimmy? A telescope that can only see your face?"
Whoa! That went a bit far for a '90s family sitcom, don’t you think?
In the Cheers episode "Veggie-Boyd," Frasier and wife Lilith disagree about the relevance of Sigmund Freud's teachings in modern psychology. Lilith believes his teachings were sexist and that they don't apply to modern practice. When Frasier doesn’t like what she says, he publicly humiliates her by yelling across the bar that she must be drunk and calls her "completely smashed."
In the episode, “The One With Ross’s Denial," Joey puts out an ad looking for a new roommate. In the ad he says that he is looking for a “female roommate, non-smoker, non-ugly”. Clearly he is looking for more than a roommate. Joey invites one of the prospective roommates over to see if “they are a match." He plays a word association game with her. In the game, he prompts words like “pillow” and “G,” looking for the answers are “fight” and “string.” When she doesn’t respond to “doggy” with “style,” Joey immediately gives her the boot.
First of all, we won’t even talk about "Tool Time." We will get right to the episode "The Naked Truth." In the episode, Tim’s brother comes to town with his wife Nancy. During their stay, Tim is a super creep, staring at her in her sport’s bra and making inappropriate comments. Eventually he accidentally walks in on her in the shower. He even talks to Wilson about how he can’t help crushing on her because she is so damn hot. So it’s all her fault, Tim?
NO MA’AM stood for "National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood". NO MA’AM was founded when a group of feminists took away Al's bowling night. The purpose of the group was to fight the increasing power of women and to bowl and drink their favorite beer, “Girlie Girl."
When Joey does finally find a roommate he picks a hot Australian girl named Janine. Even though his friends suggest that he doesn’t sleep with his roommate, Joey “just can’t help himself." What? She is so hot! Can you blame him?
Joey even keeps the thermostat at 100 degrees so she’ll walk around the apartment in her underwear. Cool, bro.