If you watch television at all you can't help but have noticed that in commercials mainly and in many sitcoms, men are as dumb as rocks,
self-centered, irresponsible, unreliable, obsessive about trivial matters and spend most of their free time drinking beer and watching sports. There
are truths in these stereotypes, but they do completely ignore the reality of the role of men in both family and society.
The commercials are the worst. A man tells his wife that he's going to check their new house because there was a noise downstairs. He sees a
burglar enter his home when he reaches the bedroom door, slams the door and becomes incapable of speaking coherently.
There's the the man who's so stupid that when his wife is out of town and leaves him with the kids, he can't figure out how to serve cold cereal to
the kids for breakfast and using a washer and dryer reduces him to a head scratching blob of protoplasm.
This trend has been around for at least fifteen years, because that's when I first noticed it and it hasn't abated at all in that time.
Basically, these commercials are following a social trend that perpetuates the worst myth of all, that of the superwoman, who can hold down a job,
raise a family and elegantly entertain family and friends on weekends using only her microwave and the dumb guy who hangs around the house and burns
burgers on the patio grill.
There aren't really any winners in this fantasy world, especially the kids who grow up seeing these stereotypes as accurate reflections of American
So, today is Fathers' Day and while checking out the news of the day I click on a link for a story of the origins of Fathers' Day and what do I
find? Male bashing right in the middle of the article about how a Washington State woman wanted to honor her widowed father who raised her and her
five siblings in the late nineteenth century.
So, there you have it, dads. Even on your day, in an article about your day, "Live Science" just can't resist the urge to tell you what a klutz
you are compared to the women of the world. Your day celebrates your marginally useful sperm donation and cash flow.
So, to all you real dads out there who love your families, work to bring home the bacon, and provide a source of strength in the real world, Happy
(visit the link for the full news article)
[edit on 2008/6/15 by GradyPhilpott]