Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's been a few days

So... Shelly & I were at work and she was telling a story and mentioned something about the show, "Everybody Loves Raymond," to prove her point in the story. Once she finished her story, I told her that I never watch the show because I don't like it, and she went on about the mom and the families and how funny, blah blah blah. And I explained to her that I hate that show, and others in the same vein because I absolutely cannot stand sitcoms that revolve around portraying men as stupid.

And she said exactly what every other person has said when I've told them the same thing.

"Huh, that's weird."


Weird to think that portraying men as idiots is offensive?

Weird to think that having a character on a show incapable of doing anything without his hero wife is offensive?

Weird that I hate proliferating this ridiculous stereotype?

There's a handful of these out there, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, etc... These shows are supposed to be "sooo great" and I've seen enough to know I don't like it. Woman tells man "go grocery shopping." Man goes to store. Man comes home with porn and beer. Woman tells man, "get dressed." Man comes out of room with shirt on backwards. Woman places hand on hip and frowns disapprovingly at incapable oaf and shakes finger at man.
Me= rolling my eyes and screaming.

I just cannot stand the idea that a man is useless without a woman to guide him. Or rather, to mommy him. Treat him like a little boy and boss him around and patronize him. To insinuate that they could not get dressed, they could not possibly go to the store and buy everything they need, they could not take care of their children for an hour, they could not fix anything in the house, and then laugh about it to their capable women-pals, it's just really inane and offensive. Golly honey, I put my finger in the light socket again, could you help me? Golly honey, I just set the house on fire, whoops!!!

I know these shows are not based on reality, but I don't actually know anybody who even comes close to resembling these people. The men I know are capable, kind, and intelligent and when idiots watch shit like this and begin to believe what they see on TV, it makes me crazy. I know I can't fix the dumbing down of America, but I sure as hell don't have to watch it.

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