Whiskey’s Place

Whiskey’s Place has two good posts today.

Advertising’s View of Husbands

Whiskey’s discussed this issue before. Encouragingly, it turns out that a lot of women hate the ads that depict men as morons. “If you want to sell stuff to me, don’t tell me the man I married is an idiot!” they say. “That’s an insult to my judgment!” It warms my heart to be able to say something good about women for a change.

One of the commercials posted is about an overly elaborate wedding, incidentally.

Sandra Tsing Loh and The State of Marriage

But the better earnings, status, social conditions, and opportunities afforded women have not come without a cost, all across the West. If women are hard-wired to be hypergamous, i.e. desire men of greater power and status than themselves, this would make “kitchen bitches” irrelevant and explain our brave new world of single mothers, rotating bad boys, and disdain, shown over and over again, for fatherhood and men who embrace it. It would also explain the success of the institution of marriage in the only class that still sustains it: high powered men making millions every year and women who work only part-time in jobs that pay little but give prestige, i.e. the Non Governmental Organizations, the NGOs, like Greenpeace or Amnesty International or Heal the Bay.

In “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” it was eerie how the literally empowered women treated men. Written by avowed feminist Joss Whedon, Buffy and her super-powered female friends pursued, non-stop, dangerous bad boys with superpowers, who were their superiors. Character, morality, and duty meant nothing, only the thrill of violent, dangerous, super-powered men. Perhaps the most illustrative moment came when Buffy’s second vampire boyfriend, “Spike” raped her, and she fell in love with him and (implied off-screen sex) with him again. [Star Sarah Michelle Gellar hated that particular storyline and feuded with series creator and show-runner Whedon over it.]

Interesting. A while back, I came across an essay by a Buffy fan arguing that the series was anti-male. And these essays were by women who were apparently feminists!

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