From an article in Ms. Magazine:
Itâ€™s no wonder right-wing culture warriors such as Carlson and Fields love a show whose worldview harks back to a time when two-parent, middle-class families could comfortably thrive on single incomes, womenâ€™s identities were primarily determined by the men they married and the children they raised, and husbands were not expected to trouble themselves with such pesky matters as child care and housework.
Dear Desperately Hating,
Its stealth feminism has not been lost on the â€œvaluesâ€ crowd, including Rev. Donald Wildmonâ€™s American Family Association (AFA), which predictably denounced the show as immoral. Not surprisingly, Wildmonâ€™s group condemned its adulterous antics but not the murderous ones, singling out Gabrielleâ€™s affair with a hunky teenaged gardener. Disgusting, isnâ€™t it? Adult women finally get to ogle hottie jailbait without feeling like Mrs. Robinson â€” a visual droit du seigneur long enjoyed by men.