I'm all for civility in communication, but I also think this adage.com column is a bit over the top. While I agree that we need more male role models, I also think it's important to laugh every now and then. According to the authors, however, I'm just being a typical stupid guy:
In a TV culture like ours, the fact that the only fathers one can see on TV are buffoonish (at best) does influence young people's perceptions of fathers.Sheesh. And you thought it was just a harmless Cheetos commercial.
For young men, it makes it less likely they'll aspire to be fathers, see their own value as fathers or, as [syndicated columnist Leonard] Pitts explains, want to do the "hard but crucial work of being Dad." For young women, it means they'll be more likely to be misled into thinking that their children's fathers aren't important, that divorce or separation from them is no big deal, or that they should, as is the increasing trend, simply dispense with dad altogether and have children on their own.
So what needs to be done to restore the male to a more dignified place in society? The authors have a few suggestions, including this one:
As we consider whether it's wise to make men the butt of every joke, we should also consider the joke itself. Many see the 1960s as the golden age of advertising. Those who crafted the ads of that era created work of superb quality, seldom if ever resorting to the contempt, shame and aggressive ridicule of today's ads.Well, I don't know about that.
If you ask me, men get their fair share of the sarcasm stick, right along with women, youngsters, oldsters, and everyone else. But even if not, and the trade-off is fewer dad-as-doofus spots in exchange for a kinder, gentler, "Butterfly Kisses"-ier tone, count me out. I'll be over here in the corner, wearing the dunce cap and the "I'm with stupid" T-shirt.
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