The Papal Decree of the Week
Boys will be Boys
Girls will be Gods
By andrea chrisman
It has come to my attention (as many things do) that it is
perhaps, not only women who are being brainwashed into
their roles of subservience and house cleaning consider the
possibility that it is a also men who are conditioned. I speak
of the media's hold, and more so than any type of media,
television's hold on the common public. That convenient
little box that flips on from the couch via an equally
convenient remote control, feeds the heads of the American
people daily with its seemingly benign storylines, and bland
plots. Yet somehow, one can't help but notice that there
are no men cleaning the toilets. There are no women
bench-pressing. Rarely is it the man slaving away at the stove,
he is usually the one who found the 10 minute microwave cake.
The men are always dressed comfortably in jeans and a tee-shirt
which they have in 5 different colours, while the women parade
around in a different ravishing outfit from commercial to
commercial. Even if these women do wear jeans, they are
form-fitting. Their figures are skinny and relatively attractive
whether they can act or not. People could get the idea that
perhaps all women have perfect "size 4" bodies, and are beautiful.
We already know what this does to a woman's ideas about herself:
she feels as though she has to live up to a standard that may not be
altogether feasible for her to achieve. What about the men? All
these little things that go unnoticed by some, but certainly not all,
have their effect on the male ideal system. Perhaps, and this may
be an insane idea, as I am slightly insane, men are taught to be
assholes--conditioned to be such gross green stuff as exists on
the surface of most ponds--at birth. Perhaps, it is not as the
psychologists say: that most men will be attracted to the women
because they respond to things that appeal to their eyes first.
Perhaps a sociologist would look at this situation and say instead:
society has ingrained this ideal into these little boys, and they
grow up believing they need never clean a floor in the kitchen.
So, it could perhaps be concluded that men are the products
of their environment's teaching. This is no excuse for them,
mind you, but it may help them begin to realize something is
fishy about the media and its affect on how they think. might
not be altogether healthy. They may realize that they will not
find Cyndi Crawford and attract her with an oafish beer-gut
hanging out of unwashed jeans. Rather than the stereotypical
"thinking with their penises," there will be some conscious
universal human thought. They may realize that it is, perhaps,
quite acceptable for them to be moody and emotional, and be
gossips without being gay. They may even be able to answer
the question "what are you thinking about?" with more than
the traditional "nothing."
To give credit where it is due, it can be admitted that the
media is making a valiant effort as with the popular sitcom
(though trite and predictable)Friends, where no one cleans....things
magically seem to pick up themselves, bathrooms need no human
intervention to be spotless. But perhaps not, because they avoid
putting men in those traditionally female roles. It would be
wonderful, if there was a great turn-about in advertising: that one
day men would finally be given the job of cleaning the house in its
entirety, including the toilets and the laundry. Women would be the
bread winners and their men would pack them lunch for the day in
neat little packages. They would share in these chores and behaviours
that are tradition for both men and women. The men would whine, the
women would tell the men to stop acting irrationally. It would be
equally wonderful if it was not the few who were teaching their
children not only to avoid racial prejudice, but also gender prejudice-
and that includes all those radical feminists that believe men should be
in the traditional female roles, or better still, in a coffin. In a perfect
world perhaps, we could all just learn to get along and not consistently
look to new ways to isolate ourselves into a little well-ordered group.
If one creates these roles for one's self and allows them to control one's
way of thinking about the self and others, there is no easy way to break
the boundaries set.. So, additionally, in order to break the stereotypes
that we have created, it would require not only a revamping of
advertising and sitcom production, but also a rethinking of schooling.
Teachers have a profound affect on their students even in their early
years, tolerating the loud abrasive behaviour of the boys, and chastising
the little girls who want to play with trucks. For parents, the same
rules apply. Treat children with respect and love, and don't force them
into neat little niches with blues and pinks, dolls and cars. That's a
whole 'nother can o'worms that I would just love to shake out. But
I have limited space.
It's all just ideas; Just a little something to make you think.
Remember how to do that? Think?
Papal Decree of the week
Thou shalt not play video games for two hours while thy wench is
in labour outside next to the trash can of a local blockbuster, and then
run away when thou discovers her birthing to "get her bag." Thou shalt
be responsible, and call 911. --pope john jacob II
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