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Stereotypes: Part I

I love a comedy as much as the next person, but I really don’t want to watch another movie that focuses on mocking women or men. If you have read my blog previously, you know that I am a staunch supporter of women’s rights—I am a feminist. Lately, I have been climbing Mount Grading and I often will watch bad television as the “white noise” in the background.

I’m marking Gender and Politics papers and Feminist Political Thought papers, so feminism is really on my mind. And, because of this I find that I’m not laughing at the buffoonery on television. Dear Writers: Please try to expand the repertoire for male characters. Men don’t have to be the following archetypes: Jock, Nerd, Bad Guy, Cop, etc. And, in sitcoms they don’t have to be idiots. I know lots of wonderful men in my personal life and at work and they are capable, nice, intelligent people.

Yet, if I go by what I see on television, I should be surprised that they can even dress themselves and have coherent conversations with me! Now, we can go round and round about the stereotypes about women and the ways in which women are objectified. I agree. This post is about men, though. Let’s hear it for better representation for men. They deserve more.

And for any of you who are slack jawed wondering why I am not defending women—I’ll get back to that. Trust me. There is still lots to comment on about Pop Culture’s treatment of girls and women.

 

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