Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m getting tired of TV depicting men as small-minded, beer-drinking, softball-playing, girl-ogling, knuckle-dragging oafs who can’t do anything for themselves.
More and more, ad agencies, the companies that hire them and the networks are depicting men and dads who can’t function in society without help. And while we need help from the women in our lives from time to time, there are plenty of high functioning guys in real life who hold down jobs, who make excellent decisions and who don’t waste their days playing video games and sitting on their couch eating salami sandwiches.
This was on my mind before this gig, but was reminded of it on my first day, when poster Tad Jackson wrote this:
Andy … help us men! This is the way we’re depicted in TV commercials and in TV shows! Is there hope for us slobs!
Husbands are stupid
Boyfriends are stupid
All men dress badly
Men never shave
Men are lazy
Men are very capable of setting themselves on fire
Men are bad with tools
Men are bad about paying the bills
Men burgle homes in the middle of the day while mothers and their daughters are making sandwiches in the kitchen
Only men grill food if they haven’t already set themselves on fire
Married men are henpecked and they know it and there’s nothing they can do about it
Men are fat
Only men snore
Men deeply dislike their wife’s mother
All men want to do is watch sports activities on TV
Only men have problems with their sex organ performance
Watch TV, both commercials and shows. I know women hold the buying power in most households and TV caters to them, but this is getting ridiculous.
Men and dads have fallen from wise, hard-working and caring fathers like Andy Griffith, Bill Cosby and Fred MacMurray (“My Three Sons” – if you’re too young to remember) to Al Bundy and Homer Simpson.
I’m not as organized as Lori and I don’t multi-task as well as she does, but there’s plenty I do well.
And even though I just saved us some dough by switching insurance carriers, I didn’t go out and blow it on a falcon, a stuffed moose head or samurai armor, which is what men do with extra cash, according to this commercial.
Hopefully, this will stop. It probably won’t.
Are you bothered by the way men are depicted on TV?
Do you think it’s a true reflection of society or the men in your lives?
What do your husbands/boyfriends/sons do that make you proud or happy?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog