Absolutely. If we believe television, a man without a wife to guide him would
have a hard time just getting dressed in the morning and would end up eating
cold chili out of the can over the sink in his bathrobe, assuming he could
figure out the can opener. He'd put motor oil on his pancakes because he
wouldn't notice the difference, and would sit up all night coughing and
sneezing because no woman was there to show him the cough syrup on his
nightstand next to him. Not realizing that stores sell clothing, he'd
stumble down the street in rags. Trash would accumulate in his house until it
was deep enough to use a garden rake for sweeping. He'd be unemployed after
repeatedly mistaking the shredder for a fax machine and would never survive a
job interview without a woman to whisper the right answers in his ear. Perhaps it's time for entertainment and advertising where both men and
women respect each other and work as a team?
@ Duckhunter,While I think there is possibility that the feminist movement
has enflamed this proplem, I would not go so far as you do to lay all the blame
on feminists. The article specifically mentions the Honeymooners, one of
TV's original sitcoms that first aired in 1955 and was based on a recurring
sketch starting in 1951. This was all years before feminism really gained steam
or power. Please be careful, also, that in your anger at these archetypes, you
don't succomb to portrayal yourself.
It isn't just sitcoms, this is the standard male protrayal in most media.
Men are protrayed as a bunch of juvenile dimwits and hapless losers bungling
through life and the only thing saving them is a long suffering woman who has to
constantly fix the idiotic moves their men make while doing all of the work
those lazy oafs don't do. These are ACCEPTED portrayals and it
is almost to the point that it is thought of as true. decades of feminist
denagration of men has lead to this, constantly claiming men are mostly abusive
mysoginists whose only interest in women is sex and how much housework we can
get out of them before we come home from work to commit the nightly rape. So the media has opted to use the dimwit protrayal of men as it comes
off as more entertaining than the abusive jerk protrayal but make no mistake,
both come from the feminist attempts to make men into something loathsome and
undeserving of respect.
This is why I don't watch sitcoms anymore. I can't stand the
belittling of fathers and the stupidity of parents.
Comedian Bob Newhart refused to play the typical sit-com father for the very
reasons mentioned in this article. He openly criticized the "lovable
loser" image of TV fathers where the wise-cracking kids are the smart ones.
If you look at the shows he created, he kind of turns the tables on that genre.
I bet if Madison AVE made women and mothers look that stupid there would be a
out cry beyond measure.Then start the outcry. The reason women are
portrayed more positively in ads is because women talk with their money. Men
need to fight their own battles.
A possible exception might be "The Middle."
We should watch 'big bang theory' more. OK, they're not always
socially capable, but they're not fools. And it's a pretty good show.
I Agree the way the media portrays men is not all that flattering. every
commercial on TV shows the male as a stupid inept blithering fool. I for one
would like to see that change. I bet if Madison AVE made women and mothers look
that stupid there would be a out cry beyond measure. But it is ok to berate on
the father figure.