Murse and Gender Roles
In the clip I’ve provided (please view about 58 seconds in), it is a conversation between Chandler Bing, who is jealous because the girl he likes has agreed to go out with a male nurse to spite him, with the male nurse (aka, a “murse”). I found this part relatable to Katharine Burdekin’s Swastika Night because it deals heavily with gender and the way women are treated. And Chandler makes the assumption that the murse is inferior because he’s not a doctor, which the man shoots down right away in a way that tells people they never really know a person’s full story. I also related this to the fact that Burdekin actually published her novel under another name- a male’s name- because it would be perceived better that way (and also to protect her family amongst other reasons). There’s another scene later in the series where a character wants to hire a male nanny, or “manny” and there are running jokes about it and the characters actually try to think of a single job a woman cannot do that a male can, with little no luck on that front. This further proves that gender inequality is no longer relevant anymore, and why maybe our society is not so bad after all (especially compared to Burdekin’s futuristic society under Nazi rule with Adolf Hitler perceived as a god.