Men in media: why are they portrayed as dumb?

As a child, I grew up in an era of women being second best in society. It was a mans world. In the 70's the women's lib movement changed all of that for the better. Lately though, I have noticed that the pendulum has swung to the other end and now men are being portrayed as mindless airheads.

Examples in television:
Everybody Loves Raymond---Raymond is a big mess-up of a husband and father.
Homer Simpson: Need I say more?
King of Queens: Doug is also a mess-up husband.
Other examples abound. Men are only interested in watching television; they don't help with the kids; they are lazy slobs only interested in sex, food and the remote control.

I my recent college classes: A political science class had the main project to be an essay on Women's Roles in the Middle East.
An American History class: Women and the Oregon trail--essay on their roles.
A recent advertisement in a kids magazine for Ninetendo: the ad shows a family of three: the mom has a normal brain; the dad has a walnut sized brain; the son has a very large brain.

While this was cute at first to me, it has gotten very old and I am not happy with my sons and daughters growing up in such a sexist society. I would not be happy if it were women being put down in such a way and I am not happy with my sons futures being portrayed in such a negative way.

Do you know that there are more women than men attending colleges now?

Men: Why are you not protesting this unfair treatment of your gender?

Women and Men: Why aren't more people fighting for equality for both sexes?

Fri. Sep 29, 7:26pm

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I completely agree and have been talking about this with my wife for at least a year. Advertising is also horrid- men are consistently portrayed as simpletons and fools. I'd be very interested in this thread continuing. I have some ideas as to why this is, but I'd like to hear some other voices before I weigh in further.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 7:50 PM

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It is called marketing. You market dumb men to women, naked women to any man, dumb parents to kids, get thin quick to overweight people, etc on and on and on. It is sterotypical and worthless to society, but you wouldn't see it if it wasn't selling something.
Women have born the brunt of this type of advertising forever because men held the pursestrings..now that women make money as well, the marketing firms have new targets...no one is safe now.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 8:07 PM

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I think it is a poor marketing idea. My husband is a very smart man! After all he married me.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 10:20 PM

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You've got to be kidding me right? You're upset about comedies making fun of stereo types??? Puh-lease.

Everyone loves Ray also portrayed MIL's in bad lights, and wives too. We gonna start campaigns for them too? While we're at it, let's condemn Trailerpark boys for making trailer park inhabitants look like trash, and reno 911 for making cops look like idiots. And let's not even go near Desperate Housewives...

Or let's also look at shows that have really smart males, in leads or major roles. Law-n-Order (Jack McCoy has been DA for how many years???) CSI- all three versions have males in charge, House, DaVinci's Inquest, Shark, Justice, Criminal Minds, NCIS, JAG, etc., etc.,

Friday, September 29, 2006, 10:55 PM

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Good call! They are comedies...they are playing on steriotypes....that's what makes them so funny. I still think that some women are still undervalued and underpaid, however, we are making major leaps in the business world. Things will never be equal and that is very unfortunate. Men are often steriotyped as well, don't get me wrong, I do see that.... but I highly doubt that it will ever be equal. Keep in mind the US presidents -- now that is really equal!!

Saturday, September 30, 2006, 12:09 AM

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