D’oh it for the Kids
Still in its early planning stages, D’oh it for the kids: The many ways in which Homer Simpson represents the crisis of modern masculinity is a non-fiction book that will link gender studies (masculinity) to one of the biggest popular culture influences of the last twenty years: The Simpsons.
The disposable male, as represented by Homer’s replacement at work
Chapter X: Homer’s Triple Bypass
Using concepts of the “disposable male” and focusing on the classic episode “Homer’s Triple Bypass,” I intend to show that The Simpsons was far more than a show with a few cheap gags. It was a meticulously created, impeccably detailed and deeply self-aware mirror of society’s darkest corners. Why do we laugh when Homer has a heart attack? What has conditioned us to see violence against men and the prospect of a dying man as suitable fodder for humour? Why does Homer really risk his life by signing up with a bargain basement surgeon he saw advertised on TV? And what exactly does it mean when Homer’s work colleagues replace him with a housebrick?
In addition to issues surrounding male mortality, the book will also cover topics of fatherhood, work, alcohol, violence (both domestic and otherwise), sex, and sexuality… and anything else that comes up.