We've all heard of misogyny, and I'm pretty sure most men here have heard of misandry. Do you see cases of this in the media? If so, feel free to post them here, and we can discuss if it's really misandry or if we're just being overly sensitive.
Absolutely not. I'm pretty certain most men know what an encyclopedia is, on or offline. It's the reactionary trend of feminism, really. We had lots of misogynistic commercials for a long time, the stereotypical "woman in the kitchen" type of thing. Now, the media has swung the other way, with men in general, and dad's specifically, being mindless children who need a woman to keep them in line. Sad but true. Or as a pansy who is useful only when buying things for women, nothing more (see Zales, Kay, Hallmark).
yeah I go crazy when I see stuff like this. I have a hard time thinking of a TV sitcom dad who isn't either totally stupid or totally creepy. I think the role of the father/husband/man has been really pooped on by the media over the past 10-15 years. What's a society supposed to do when there are no positive role male models?
One that I find minorly offensive is the Yopait Light one. It's not as bad as some older ones, but it's the constant mild "thickheadedness" that bugs me. Even the AT&T "leftover minutes" dad is kinda that way, very passive, and a little slow.
I've gone on about misandry for some time (note that although it's a real word, you'll get it underlined in red on most systems because they don't recognize it!). I subscribe to the RSS feed of Men's News Daily. Although there is a significant amount of political stuff there, you can also get plenty of illustrations of how male bashing is the "in" thing, about a biased justice system and all kinds of stuff. Also, I recommend reading the Weblog by Dr. Helen Smith, a forensic psychologist who detests male bashing. Here is one example from her.
One thing in advertising I don't get, the double standard. If they treated women like they treat men (stupid buffoons), they would lose business.
Some examples of misandry in the popular media certainly remain in TV commercials; although subtle at times. I just saw a beer commercial where a woman tries in vain to get attention from a male waiter, then ends up tripping him; whereupon he crashes over a seated man and through a window. But, I think the real misandry lies in TV programs, mainly in primetime. "NCIS" has displayed a number of misandric incidents, as has "Brothers and Sisters." Usually they involve "casual" or slapstick-type violence where an idiot or unsuspecting male gets nailed in the crotch or knocked on the head. Meanwhile, just like in cinematic films, even the most vile of female characters somehow emerge unscathed. Often, though, men are subjected to demeaning comments or outright ridicule. I saw one police drama where two men engage in a heated discussion that only ends when a female colleague says, "Hey, guys. Want to lower the testosterone a bit?" And, the men suddenly don doltish expressions, as if a strike against their masculinity and the one thing that makes them male - testosterone - was necessary to bring a peaceful end to the argument. And then, TV producers wonder why men don't comprise even a substantial percentage of their audience.
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