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wererogue

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I am good at giving a damn.

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  • wererogue replied to a comment by Kevin FitzMaurice

    Video: What if Gender Roles in Advertising Were Reversed? via magazine.good.is

    Kevin FitzMaurice11 months ago

    Yes, it is the other half and it is time to recognize it as such. Your video focuses on sexual roles not support roles. Men are most demeaned by support roles and disproportionately so from women. I understand this is not a current or popular view because it does not allow the blaming of men for every problem.

    wererogue11 months ago

    I'll start with what I agree with, because I think you have a reasonable point to make, but you're framing it in distracting antagonistic angry rubbish that's making a lot of people mad. I definitely agree that the support role that men are presented with is harmful to men, and disproportionally so - women are only harmed by that myth in that it reinforces the idea that women are powerless without the support of men. I also agree that it'd be great to see a video on that topic.

    However, my point was not that "media-presented support roles disproportionally harm women". It was that "media-portrayed gender roles disproportionally harm women". The psychological damage done to men by media expectations stacks up quite well against the psychological damage done to women by image expectations, but then you can add on further moulds that harm women: the pro-violence, pro-rape media, the myths of powerlessness, uselessness, women-as-objects - I could go on, and I'm sure others have the time to. Most of these empower men to retain powerful positions in society.

    Here's how I wish your comment had read:

    "Great video - women certainly get a bad image in the media. You put a bit in there about how media stereotypes hurt men as well, but I'd love to see a video about men as support objects in the media. Once men lose their social role as support objects many retire only to die. At a man's funeral you often hear, "He was a good provider." It's an often-overlooked part of the problem."

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  • wererogue replied to a comment by Kevin FitzMaurice

    Video: What if Gender Roles in Advertising Were Reversed? via magazine.good.is

    Kevin FitzMaurice11 months ago

    Now do the right and fair thing and do the same video about men as support objects in the media. Once men lose their social role as support objects many retire only to die. At a man's funeral you often hear, "He was a good provider." How about the other half of the dialogue? Or it that not politically correct yet? Be brave or be one-sided.

    wererogue11 months ago

    That's not the other half of the story. That's another facet of the *same* story - that predominant and stereotypical gender roles hurt everybody (but disproportionally women).

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