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Male Bashing on TV

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The Simpson's, Everybody Loves Raymond, My Wife and Kids, what do these shows all have in common? One word: male bashing. Male bashing is the "stereotyping of men as brutal, stupid or otherwise objectionable" as defined by Fox news.# It has turned into an epidemic these days where it could found everywhere from songs to commercial ads to television shows. Although male bashing has spread into our televisions, workplace, communities and minds, the ongoing belittling of the men in our society needs to come to a halt.

Why has it become so culturally acceptable to bash and mock men? Although this is not generally a good idea-take a look at TV. Stuff like The Simpson's-- King of Queens--Everybody Loves Raymond. The one thing all these shows have in common, is every father is an idiot, moron or self-centered jerk. The only more prevalent character in situational comedy is the smart, whiney child totally in need of a paddling. The way these men are portrayed is, if it were not for the level-headed wise wife, the whole family would fail with the dad on the streets, the kids in foster care and Mom in a shelter.

Males bashing is something that has bothered me a long time. Why is it acceptable and actively depicted on television programming and commercials for women being shown hitting, punching, shoving, physically disrespecting men? Why is it okay for women to physically assault men---when no way it would be reversed in the commercials, showing men doing the same to women? Something is warped in our society when it's considered acceptable and even amusing for one gender to assault another in ways that would be looked upon with shock if reversed. The writers and producers of this male-bashing, male-disrespecting, and the commercial sponsors of it are not doing our culture a good service. This should to be watched actively by someone or some group---make note of every hit, punch, shove, slap, rude disrespecting of a woman to a man on prime time TV---and find out in...