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Thursday, December 22, 2005


I grew up with a very intelligent father and step-father. My boyfriends and male teachers never gave me an inkling of a hint that the male species was really so, well, dumb and clueless.

I didn't realize this until the last ten years or so of TV. I grew up with the Brady Bunch, and Growing Pains, and Little House on the Prairie. The father characters were strong leaders and, even if they made mistakes along the way, they led me to believe they at least had a few marbles rolling around in their heads.

But apparently this isn't the case, as I'm reminded every time I turn on my TV. Men on today's sitcoms are little more than pot-bellied, beer -holding lumps on a couch. Everybody may love Raymond, but it sure isn't for his intelligence. In Still Standing, Bill is a poster child for incompetence and laziness. King of Queens is really not a king at all, but rather a wimpy slob of a guy whose wife drags him around by the ear. Call me old-fashioned but I woudn't want a pushover husband like that.

Yes, men must be stupid. And lazy and incompetent. If our little boys growing up today didn't realize it before, they will once they tune in to American sitcoms. And don't even get me started on the commercials.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:12 AM  
  Comments (11)
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At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

and THAT is the reason my parents barely let us watch tv - it was very strictly monitored.

my dad hated friends, but my brother and i desperately wanted to watch it when we were in high school, so mum used to watch it with us... which was a good thing since my brother would laugh at the jokes, but he never really got them... and so mum would have to explain...

i plan on being very strict about television watching when i have kids... and even now i barely watch anything, especially sitcoms (i do like scrubs though... and i'm totally addicted to grey's anatomy).

At 10:19 AM, Blogger bronxbt said...

I'm confused justa bit. Not because I (according to your post) am a stupid male, but because you reflect on sitcom only examples. It's not necessarily that men are stupid (although I know a few of them myself admittedly) it's that the majority of men in the acting world allow themselves to be typecast INTO those roles. It's the paycheck, it's the "hey, I'm on TV" notoriety, and seldom is it the "I'll choose this role because it's a challenge and I'll positively affect lives and make people think!" - type of decision.

Our Society accepts these roles. They watch the shows, ratings stay up, and WOW - go figure, another show appears with the SAME PREMISE!

Not to say that there's ISSUES with your entry, but perhaps a narrowmindedness (shoot, is that an actual word?) that permeates between the lines.

Maybe just state that all TV show guys are dumb. I could go for that.
Now.. don't go to my blog.... because I like humor, write occasionally mindless and silly things, and tend to make fun of anything tooo serious. BUT, according to your statements, I'd likely fall into the DUMB catagory - perhaps unjustly.

Hey, screw it. Luv ya all. Can't help it. Happy Holidays or whatever the hell I'm allowed to say nowadays...

~ bronxbt

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Christopher said...

I gotta show this blog to my wife: she'll probably agree on a lot of stuff you gals are writing! :-P

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Ron Estrada said...

Amen Sister! Dr. James Dobson goes into great length on this issue in many of his articles and books. Men aren't acting like men because they're being taught to be spineless slobs. Somehow it's offensive to women if men are shown as leaders. My wife, 3 years my senior and a very strong woman, made it clear that I'm the man and I'm the head of the household. Imagine that. This from a woman who once held a subscription to Ms. Magazine. I know plenty of men who mirror what's on TV. Their wives run the house and the men just sit in front of the wide screen and zone out on a football game. It's pathetic and sad. The anti-male rhetoric on TV is training our boys how to reamain boys for their entire lives.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Um, Denise...have you ever considered it might be those shows you're watching? LOL

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

These days I'm watching more dramas, Robin. But have you noticed all the commercials where the woman is the genious and the man is the lunkhead? If that were reversed, all the feminists would have a fit.

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Ane Mulligan said...

LOL - preach it, sister! I don't even watch the TV anymore. I read, read, read. Read two books yesterday and another one today. Uh, didn't get any laundry done, but who cares? It's Christmas!

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

I can't stand the AXE commercials. The men are completely superior even if they're being totally jerks. Beautiful women fall at their feet. I realize they're pandering to the male ego, but I really don't want boys these days to think that's an acceptable way to behave.


At 9:10 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

You know what commerical I find completely OFFENSIVE to women? The Brawny towel commercial. First of all, could the guy sound anymore GAY?? Wait, that's rude to gay men who are masculine. ANd secondly, do they really think we're dumb enough to be romanced by a paper towel commercial? Gag me. In fact, today I had to buy rubber gloves and I PURPOSELY didn't buy the Brawny ones.

So I just think Madison Avenue thinks we're all idiots. Look at beer commercials for men: buy beer, get a hot, sexy babe. For women: Buy Victoria's Secret underwear, and you too can look airbrushed.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Ugh! I could do a whole blog on Victoria's Secret.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Denise, you are singing my song! I could also do a whole blog site on Vic Secrets and the rip-off images being portrayed to young women today.

None of it on what a real woman is and should be.

We started a young women's conference in our area to try to train the 13 - 30 year olds on what God says about them.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


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