I love the sitcom Boy Meets World, its characters, jokes, and sometimes quite wacky storylines. I do have to note, however, that its moral messages can be a bit immoral by my standards. One example is the sexism in the first season episode “On the Fence”, about 11-year-old Cory coming to appreciate the work his father, Alan, does to take care of the family. While a nice sentiment, it blatantly ignores the equal work put in by his mother, Amy, whose contributions are accepted as the default of housewives and therefore not as special as the breadwinning father.
The episode opens with Cory and his friends discussing superheroes they want for fathers. While Shawn wants Batman for a dad, Cory points to Superman as the most desirable father. The conversation turns to a water gun fight planned later, and Minkus demonstrates his expensive new water gun. Cory wants to join with the latest model, costing $30, and to pay for it he gets a job from Mr. Feeny to paint his window shutters. Cory goofs, though, and gets paint on the fence, which he has to repaint and miss the water fight. Alan decides that he should go be a kid and play with his friends, and Alan repaints...