Featured on Episode 12
Sure, cat ladies can be found throughout pop culture but how real are they?
According to sociologist Dr. Fiona Angus, the cat lady is a trope, “it comes out of beliefs around aging women.”
A cat lady is usually thought of as a single woman, who owns many cats and is a social outcast. The term is pretty much always considered a pejorative.
Here are five famous fictional cat ladies:
Dr. Eleanor Abernathy
The Simpsons' character is better known as the Crazy Cat Lady. She’s portrayed as a mentally-ill woman who lives with many cats. When she appears on the cartoon, she yells non-sense gibberish and throws her cats as weapons.
Airing in 2002, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation focuses on a cat lady who's been murdered. It was the episode entitled Cats in the Cradle, where a young girl killed the elderly women for one of her many cats.
Based on the movie of the same name, it follows the plot of the animated film. When gamers take on The Lego Movie Videogame, they help the cat lady find her five missing cats. The character shows up in the 2014 action-adventure video game because she's a neighbour of the main character, Emmet Brickowski.
Angela Noelle Schrute
A character from the American television version of The Office. Actor Angela Kinsey played the role and infused her character with some of her own personal preferences, including cats.
That’s actually the name of the character in A Clockwork Orange: Cat Lady. She’s featured in the 1971 dystopian crime film, adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick. She doesn't meet a good end.
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But as cat lady is a trope, women needn’t buy into the notion. They can define their cat ownership and relationship status however they wish.
Dr. Angus says “it’s not unusual for women well into their forties, who aren’t married, and are very comfortable with that and are often perceived as very desirable”.
In addition to that, singles have become the majority in the USA --- that’s right, single people now outnumber married ones.