Being the arbiter of someone's attractiveness can be interpreted as an expression of masculinity that women are not traditionally expected to adopt.
Brandy Clark and Kacey Musgraves have defied country's tradition of celebrating the working class, and in doing so, they address the harsher realities of modern rural America.
Depictions of bisexuality are few in number and often still based on stereotypes, but the quality of their portrayals is improving thanks to shows like The Good Wife and Revenge.
The Newsroom, Mad Men, and Girls have all included this plot point in recent seasons. Why?
Women outside cities tend to marry earlier, have limited access to good healthcare, and experience higher rates of domestic violence.