I’m so tired of how men are verbally abused these days. It’s an accepted part of the culture now.
In commercials -
Nutrisystem – A man reports happily that his wife says he’s not as disgusting as he used to be.
Listen Up – (a personal sound amplifier) Nagging wife says repeatedly in an irritating nasal tone, Would you turn that down?
Gardin – the man acts childishly about being lost.
Trojan – men are literally pigs until they “evolve” enough to use condoms.
I can’t think of the products, but here are other examples that will be familiar:
- A housecleaning product – the man is clueless and needs instructions from his wife on how to use it
- Storage containers, but the man is lying on a white sofa in a room with white carpet while the baby plays with a container of spaghetti sauce. He’s on the phone lying to his wife about where they are and what they’re doing – apparently he’s not allowed to be in that room unsupervised.
- Pizza commercial – the man is watching The Big Game on television out in the yard for some reason. His wife comes home from the grocery with frozen pizza, and he phones the house as if ordering take out pizza. He’s rude and obnoxious, apparently to impress his friends.
In sitcoms, men are the idiots of the family. Every action, every comment, is greeted with an eye-roll or a sarcastic reply.
Here’s the thing – most men are great. My husband is an excellent example. He works hard, supports the family, kills the bugs, takes out the trash, and has learned to listen to my problems without necessarily trying to solve them. When he does offer a solution, it’s almost always a good one. He calls me during the day to see how I’m doing, and many times when I’ve had a bad morning, there’s a florist delivery van in the driveway in the afternoon. (Which is his method of trying to solve the problem, but it’s a solution that works because it reminds me that my problems are not mine alone; he cares about them too.) And as special as I think he is, the truth is that just in our little circle I know a lot of men very much like him. Men are not universally stupid, and I don’t think the constant bombardment of this propaganda is amusing or beneficial to society.
It’s the flip side of the Henry Higgins song. But do we really want men to be more like women? What would be the benefit of metrosexual nation? It’s shortsighted for women to demand that men behave like women – we think it will improve them, but at the end of the day it destroys everything that attracted us to them in the first place. And for what purpose? That women are too lazy to adapt? Anytime two people marry (or form a couple) adaptation is required. American society has placed women on a pedestal and demanded that men rise to our level; most of the adaptation is expected to be on their part, and what adaptation women do is usually accompanied with sarcastic complaints. Yes, men can be thoughtless and selfish on occasion. So can women. But let men be men! My husband, with his rough hands and logic (not feelings) based thought patterns balances me. He sees things very differently than I do and that benefits me because it gives me new insight into situations. He reacts with action, not with talk. Vive la difference!
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