I'm sure the title got you to look. Here is the article.
Here are mine:
I agree with the article. It may not describe me to a "t". However, I know it describes men, myself included.
Obviously "hate" is a strong word and meant to pull in readers. And the tone is kind of heavy. Also I have to adjust for my cynism. But I feel the root message is true.
The article doesn't describe a full person. However it is in the make up of a person. Just like you aren't the individual atoms you are made of but rather the whole collection of atoms.
I was hoping someone hadn't posted it yet. It has a shit ton of comments, so you know it gets to people.
Entertaining, if not always accurate...that's more or less universal for all Cracked articles though.
I have to say, I've seen #2 ranted about more than a couple of times on here.
This article helps explain why the one guy I work with (my window into the world of guys) has such a negative attitude toward women. He's in his late twenties, but by the way he describes his encounters with the opposite sex you'd think he was head of the He-Man Women Haters club that he created from an appliance box in his parents' backyard. Women are regarded as alien creatures, all with some hidden evil agenda.
I can see he's not alone.
Screw him. I'm presiden AND founder.
Articles like this are instructive, but not necessarily new or shocking. A large subset of men have been looking at woment this way since we invited the first hottie into our warm, dry cave for a drink of fermented bronto urine.
What I find more disturbing is the organized, deliberate siege by the mainstream media to make the average American male look like a putz. When was the last time you watched a commercial showing a man acting intelligent? How about a sit-com where the (white) guy wasn't clueless? Even this article is meant to make every man ashamed of himself. Where, may I ask, is the outrage?, the defense of our honor?
(white) guy time is it? Meet the Browns is pretty racist and it was made by a black guy(?). All those 2 and a 1/2 Men and whatever that shitty Jim Belushi show was were made by white men. In any case, Carlton Banks was as clueless as any white guy character. Tracy Jordan and Toofer are black and clueless. Troy from Community is black and clueless. I'm actually having a hard time even thinking of characters from sitcoms that are black.
And who cares? Stupid is sexy. Dumb jock, dumb cheerleader. Does anybody really care if Natalie Portman went to Harvard? I can't tell you what she majored in or even if she went to Harvard off the top of my head but I can tell you which movie she fucked Mila Kunis in and which movie she stripped in. (Closer, super hot, watch it.)
Is the article meant to make every man feel ashamed? I don't. I mean do you (general you, not you, sb) get every girl's expressed permission before masturbating to her and degrading her in your mind? Of course not. You're a beast like me, sex is a full moon, the call of the wild. So what?
I'm not saying be a dick head, but it's unreasonable to deny this part of ourselves exist.
Just got to typing and hoped something would flesh out.
Well I stand by it anyway.
Particularly about Closer, watch it.
Quite a mouthful...
1) I knew I was going to take heat for the white thing, which was why I put it in parentheses. I think everyone knows what I mean.
2) Yeah, I think this article is intended to make men feel ashamed. Its also intended to titulate (look at the photos), and to ride the man-hating train a bit further down the tracks for ratings purposes.
1) I'm not sure about the white guy thing or why it had to be put in parantheses because I still read words between (these). I watch the same movies and tv as everyone else but I guess I don't see the same thing. I don't see a bias against men or whites. I don't generally see much of a bias against anyone. At least not intended.
Do white men feel attacked by the media? I just don't understand it. Men and, in America, particularly white men, have the "power". All presidents have been men and all but one have been white. Congress is similiarly very white and very male. So...I don't know. I just don't get it.
I've said it before, I'm a contrarian dick. I am. However, I'll respect a person and they're opinions whether I find them true or not.
2) Its certainly meant to entertain. However, I still don't see anything that tried to make me feel ashamed. I saw Flight Club: the Prequel.
If dumb is sexy, I guess honor is boring. And why I find most popular entertainment cliche and uninspiring.
The media is a mirror society holds out to itself; I'm sure the entertainment industry holds endless focus groups to create content that it perceives will be popular and hence, sell.
One of my brothers made that point at Christmas - loudly and to a room of family - uh, almost had a full-on Dennis Miller rant - uh, at my Mom's during Christmas - I took him aside and told him he was giving credence to the pont - He got pissed and left - uh, to everyone's (secret) relief.
I do agree to your point, though, that the media makes the 'Average American Male' appear ineffectual - under the thumb of their 'all-powerful wise wife', and 'hip and knowing kids' who realize Dad is a neandethal with limited intelligence who must be benignly tolerated because he is so 'out of touch'.
Generally, I thought the article a bunch of 'filler' crap - like someone's PhD dissertation where they collect a bunch of 'research', and make it fit their argument (The culmination of an entire education experience) and then this gives them the 'credibility' to be an 'expert' in their chosen field.....sorry, just not buying it. A lot of psycho-babble bullshit.