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Should males be offended??

June 17th, 2005 · 5 Comments

There’s a book and a series of clothing products out right now that are all the rage with adolescent girls. The title of the book is “Boys Are Stupid. Throw Rocks At Them.” The same tag line is festooned upon many a girl’s t-shirt lately as well. Women have been known to giggle when they first see the book, and laugh outloud as they read it.

The book, though surely written with tongue in cheek, states things like “Boys are pretty much smelly and useless,” and “Boys come from the Stupid Factory,” and “For every stupid boy, there is a rock.” All this doesn’t bother me in the least. I find it idiotic, but I am not thin-skinned enough to be offended by any of it.

What does bother me is thinking about what feminists might say were a book titled “Girls are Stupid. Throw Rocks At Them” written. What would advocates of racial equality scream were there a book written called “Jews are stupid,” I wonder?

First, the book can be viewed as sexist. Oh, it’s okay to make fun of men. Just look at any sit-com these days. Men are frequently portrayed as the thick-headed numbskulls who would be absolutely useless without his wife hen-pecking him through life (a-la Everybody Loves Raymond). Commercials portray men in the same manner…as mindless idiots who wouldn’t be able to load a dishwasher properly were it not for his college-educated wife. Switch those roles around and you’d have women’s groups all over the country calling for the show or commercial to be pulled from every station’s lineup. Title the book “Girls are dumb. Throw Rocks At Them” and Gloria Allred would 1) have a freakin’ stroke, and 2) would help the first woman who had a rock kicked in their direction (even accidentally) obtain a lawsuit settlement for a ridiculous amount of money.

Second, it could be said that the book advocates violence. No one should throw rocks at anyone else, no matter how stupid the other person is. If the book read: “For every black person, there is a noose,” What would Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do? That book would be off the shelves so fast it would make your head spin. There’d be angry people marching towards that publisher’s offices. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Congressional Investigation into the matter, either.

“Can’t you take a joke?!” you’re saying. “This guy needs to relax a bit!” you’re thinking. If it’s not right to suggest these things about one sex or race, why is it okay to suggest the same things about another? Why should we find one thing repulsive and the other funny, even though the two things we’re talking about are really the same? I think that good human beings would know that NONE of what I’ve discussed in this post is acceptable behavior.

We all need to get over ourselves. The book is a joke, and it’s funny. But if the joke is good for one group, it’s good for another. At the same time, if we’re going to be forced to be politically correct about one group of people, then we should all be politically correct about everything. Is equaility what women’s groups and racial activists are after, or is it? If that were truly the case, they’d be just as upset about a book that denounces males as anything else.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Edge // Jun 17, 2005 at 6:09 pm

    Preach it brotha!! And don’t forget to duck when they chuck!

    ~Jef

  • 2 Aviatrix // Jun 17, 2005 at 11:27 pm

    I agree. There’s a pendulum that swings back and forth determining which sex it’s okay to mock and belittle. I don’t like to see men depicted as incompetent ninnies any more than I like to see advertising treat women that way. Neither sex should have to gain its self-esteem by chucking rocks at the other. Can’t we just stop the pendulum in the middle and dance around in a happy circle holding hands?

    Okay, maybe that’s won’t happen really soon, but I won’t be chucking any rocks at y’all.

  • 3 Old Blind Dog // Jun 18, 2005 at 12:45 am

    I have only one thing to say : http://www.kimdutoit.com/ee/index.php/essays/the_pussification_of_the_western_male/

  • 4 Sam // Jun 18, 2005 at 1:28 am

    Amen, brutha!

  • 5 GC // Jun 18, 2005 at 5:19 am

    Trix,

    Thanks for not throwing rocks. I’m able to laugh at all kinds of things, but the double-standard sure does get me going.

    You can hang out here as long as you want. Just don’t wear too much perfume, okay? ;)

    *****

    Dog,

    That link was GREAT!! Thanks for posting it!

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