Are Guys Stupid? (How Media and Pop Culture Tells Women That They Are)

by Danelle on March 29, 2011 · 6 comments

In my last post, I discussed MTV’s show “Disaster Date” and noticed that women tended to let men get away with more disrespectful behavior or behavior they could not stand. I promised a theory for why that happens, and here it is.

My theory for this stems from women being taught to think that we are better than all men since the “women empowerment” era. . Instead of just looking at the person, women are taught to believe that men are pigs, men are stupid, and men are incapable of being self-sufficient. Because of this, we accept men and the rude, idiotic, and/or ridiculous behavior in which they are encouraged to participate.

There are many examples in pop culture which show men as inferior; especially in commercials like this one from about a year ago.

You can also take a look at these links, most of which are very recent:

Digiorno Pizza

Glade Sense & Spray

AT &T iPhone

First for Women Insurance Brokers

Judge for yourself, but I interpret these commercials as showing men in general acting like idiots (for lack of a better word). Women constantly see shows and commercials that portray men acting like this along with women being the smarter, more sensible and successful person in the relationship.  Again, this is why women will let men get away with things. It’s not women’s fault that men are inferior, right?

Now, let me be clear. I am not insisting that women are not smart, sensible or successful. Women have come a long way, and I am proud of that. I feel that women can do anything they put their minds to and be successful. However, I do not support the “dumbing down” of the male gender. If we continue to do this, relationships will never be equal, and more importantly, society will never be equal.

Women in the 1960s and 1970s advocated gender equality, not gender superiority. Let’s start not only supporting women’s ambitions, but men’s, too so that we are ALL on an equal playing field.

Have you seen any other commercials similar to these? Share them in the comments section.

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Kevin March 31, 2011 at 1:46 am

“Women in the 1960s and 1970s advocated gender equality, not gender superiority.”

Oh, please! Check into rehab girl!

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Sarah March 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Wait, what’s wrong with that statement? I thought it was very thoughtful, and true in that it was what second wave feminism started out to be.

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FF March 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Nah, second wave was long tainted by Montagu’s “female superiority” and the like, SF books about how women purged all men from the planet, culminating in Solana’s SCUM manifesto. Also, a big part was birth control/abortion rights, which has nothing to do with equality. Those “women into the workforce and universities” was long possible (even highest duties, with women being elected/acting as governor of US states in 1909, 1924), but it wasn’t enough for the feminists, so in order to get more women to do it, feminism “infiltrated” all kinds of courses and even created women-specific stuff like “Women’s Studies”, “Gender Relations” and all that. It was a push, alright, but not a push for equal rights. It was a push for special treatments, special funding and for more power being HANDED to women, so they had easier access than men (because, you know, being oppressed and all – which they still claim to be and must continue to claim, since they can’t just disband all their structures (“It’s done, we got equal rights, everybody go home”)).
Feminism became a zombie during the second wave, and now in the third it’s rapidly becoming a bad joke. But thankfully more and more people realize it’s about women’s rights, not equal rights. That’s an important difference, and one that the word “feminism” clearly implies. And that’s not a coincidence, not in a movement which puts such an emphasis on words and their meanings (see how they redefined “rape”, which now includes drunk sex, with the drunk man being responsible for his actions (putting his penis into a vagina, i.e. rape) but the drunk woman not being responsible for giving consent (or even dragging the penis into her vagina or jumping on it, it’s only the penetrating partner who is at fault, no matter what)). THAT’s feminism.

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