I love how the Addams Family has ZERO slut-shaming. Like… honey you can dance naked and enslave someone with your womanly charms if you want to, I don’t fucking care, but so help me you’re going to get a college education first.
The Addamses are what every family should aspire to be like (you know; without the dismemberment and electric chairs as play time). Honestly, have you ever seen more unconditionally loving and supportive parents than Gomez and Morticia? And not just with the kids, but with each other. I think what’s especially unique about them is how open they are with everything. They don’t treat their children like children. They treat them like they treat everyone else; direct, and to the point.
I HAVE to reblog this…
It’s creepy how many good examples of parenting and romantic relationships there is in these characters, especially considering they are supposed to be the antithesis of the stereotypical American nuclear family.
I’ve been a fan of the Addams Family all my life (particularly the black-and-white sitcom; I have the DVDs, get them, they’re amazing), and it’s for all these reasons and more. There’s an exchange in one episode where a local politician is running for office and wants Gomez to contribute to the campaign fund, and it goes roughly like this:
Grandma Addams: I remember the first time I voted. It was nineteen-hundred-and-six.
Uncle Fester: Aw, come on, you know there was no women’s suffrage in 1906.
Grandma Addams: That didn’t stop me.
Uncle Fester: (laughs) Ha! You’re a real Addams!
Take a minute to let that shit sink in. The joke is that the Addams are idly wealthy weirdos who live weird, idly wealthy lives, who value weird things and dress funny, but they are happy. They’re unerringly kind to anyone who enters their home, Gomez and Morticia have an equal footing in their relationship (and are absurdly, physically, sex-havin’ in love with each other), family is everything, and we even get the occasional episode where they sometimes want to be accepted by the “normal” world and have to struggle for it. There’s a particular episode where Morticia wants to join a local ladies’ club (the kind of housewife hen-party with baking and tea and that kind of thing) and has to deal with how she just doesn’t fit in, it’s heartbreaking.
It’s amazing how a concept like this can be considered utter genius. When it was written, the show was built around the idea of these weird people being weird and different but still being decent, but the problem is with the world, not with themselves. They keep on smiling no matter what greedy, manipulative assholes they encounter because their family structure is so strong and they’re so happy to have it that way, half the time they don’t even notice people are trying to play them. It just fucking doesn’t matter to them because they do not give a fuck. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s that they don’t let caring stop them.