Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Thing About Men On TV

I was watching TV the other day when I suddenly realised something - majority of shows around today are based on these general family dynamics: A smart, respected, bossy mum and a dumb, silly, childish dad.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I find many of these shows funny, but why is it that I (and can I assume, ‘we’) find this combo to be the makings of a comedy? What is so funny about demeaning the characters of our men? And why is it so normal?

I brought up this thought with my husband, who went on to tell me of a video he had watched that day on Facebook. It was a Jerry Springer-style show and the guest was a male who was sharing the details of his relationship with his physically abusive girlfriend. Apparently, she would beat him and then lock him in their apartment, leaving him there for up to three days at a time, and during these times he would often consider taking his own life just to get away from her.

In response to this, the audience laughed. They laughed!
Isn’t that disgusting? If you don’t quite see my point, try swapping the story around so that it is a woman who is beaten and locked away for days at a time. If that was the story, I imagine there would be all kinds of Police investigations into it, yet, because the victim is a male, we are just supposed to laugh?

Thankfully, the host of the show put his audience in their place, but it should not be something we do until we get in trouble for it.

I am just concerned that in our fight for equal rights between men and women we are forgetting that we want to be treated equally to men, and in the process, are treating them with disrespect and dishonour. 

Remember: You don’t have to put others down in order to make yourself feel good.

This article was originally published on Over The Moon Magazine

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