So today some Jezzies and I were commenting on advertising critic Joe Dellosa’s column, which criticized the same sexist Allstate commercials that PhDork posted about earlier this month. Jezebel syndicated it and it’s truly worth a read, if for no other reason than the rare pleasure of seeing a straight white man in advertising call out misogynist stereotypes in unambiguously feminist language.
I totally wanted to hug this comment by KLondike5:
It’s like women in popular culture are in some sort of bizarro world.
Men are actually worse drivers, but in pop culture women are bad drivers.
Men are actually worse at making budgets and handling investments, but women are somehow shopaholic airheads.
Men are more likely to sabotage their partner’s birth control, but women are baby-hungry harpies looking to trap a man.
Men are more likely to feel anxious about not being married over a certain age, but unmarried women are desperate lonely spinsters.
And so on and so on.
The male voice in our culture is like a giant version of “I’m rubber and you’re glue, it bounces off me and sticks to you”.
Up is down and left is right, but really, it all boils down into a simple message: GIRLZ SUCK.
To this I would add:
Men think women are desperate to be married, but women are much more likely to file for divorce.
Men are more likely to be overweight, but women are the ones constantly being criticized and shamed for even a tiny weight gain.
Anyone else got an example of this bizarro world?