How television stereotypes men

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  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 4, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    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?

    July 4, 2014 1:01 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 3, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    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.

  • Cat Centerville, UT
    July 3, 2014 11:40 a.m.

    This is why I don't watch sitcoms anymore. I can't stand the belittling of fathers and the stupidity of parents.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 3, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    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.

    July 3, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Dale CA Sunnyvale, CA
    July 3, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    A possible exception might be "The Middle."

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 3, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    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.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    July 3, 2014 6:33 a.m.

    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.