I ran across a recording of your appearance on “The Young Turks” from July of 2011, and was fascinated by your thoughts on representations of men in the media: namely, that everyone shows concern over negative stereotypes of women in ads or on television, but very few do the same for men, creating an unjust double standard. I readily agree that men are often portrayed as incompetent and childlike in both ads and sitcoms. I also agree that this portrayal is problematic, unfair, and does our society as a whole no favors. It’s just as inappropriate as any of the other half-million stereotypes about women, gays, and people of color that the media so enjoys peddling to the wider culture.
So, we’re in agreement on that: consistently degrading portrayals of husbands and single men on television are a bad thing. Even so, there is an underlying hole in your argument that I fear you may have missed: the characters that you are discussing—husbands on TV shows and in commercials—are, by and large, Caucasian, suburban (which usually means middle class) and straight. While your points are valid, un-ironically complaining about representations of white, straight, upper-to- middle-class males still comes off as just a bit absurd to much of the rest of the population. Literally the most privileged, powerful demographic in Western history gets made fun of every now and then? Clearly, the long race of American Civil Rights has a new hurdle to jump. The hearts of black, Latino, Asian, female, Native American, LGBT, Jewish, and Muslim Americans go out to you and your brothers in arms as you stand firm in your struggle.
A lower-middle class, female, over-privileged oppressor