Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro star in the comedy Meet the Parents (Roach, 2000).  The clip above (at 36 seconds) represents the trailer from the film.  It illustrates that Gaylord, known as Greg in the film (Stiller), is in fact a male nurse and is criticized for it.  In one of the first scenes of the movie, a hospital patient mistakenly refers to Greg as one of the doctors on duty for the day, but Greg corrects him and tells the patient that he is just a nurse.  During the movie, Greg is forced to visit his girlfriend Pam’s parents.  Pam’s father (De Niro) creates a conflict between Greg and Pam.  Throughout the majority of the movie, De Niro and other family members tease Greg because of his occupation.  It is not until the very last scene of the movie that De Niro accepts the fact that Greg wants to be a nurse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK_pm70Ij1U

Gender norms have been violated in this example.  Gender stereotypes portray the majority of women as being nurses, teachers, etc; they display qualities of being supportive and helpful.  In hospitals, nurses tend to aid the patients in ways such as providing medication, providing food and comfort, etc.  These duties aren’t normally satisfactory for men.  This media example describes one of the five structural aspects of work.  Invention and Reproduction of Cultural Images of Work represents Greg Focker as a male nurse because culturally and stereotypically, women are the roles of nurses.  In the sequel Meet the Fockers (Roach, 2005) there is a representation of a “nurse reading card” that is used to teach children how to view and read a nurse.  On the photo card shows a female.  The card was only made for one gender because the profession of a nurse resides in the gender of a female.  Finally, Greg portrayed as a male nurse represents an unmarked term.

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