The Male Character Double Standard #sexist #impossible #geek
I have seen a ton of articles about the ‘sexist’ and ‘unrealistic’ view that Games, Movies and Media portray women with. Tons of facts about the affect that it has on young girls and society in general. What I have not seen, is the same written about men.
First, I agree that women are advertised… they are used in ways that has seriously damaged kids, families and society in general. But I believe the same has been done for men.
Maybe it’s because the use of women in such ways is more in your face, but I seriously believe the same is done for men. We are constantly drawn, written, and portrayed on the big screen, in two ways.
Never as “realistic”… and the rare time that you might be able to find that, the realistic man is portrayed as boring-wrong-moronic-useless and a buffoon.
From video games to movies, this is the image that is pushed on men and women alike. What does that do to a boy growing up? I remember thinking that leather, glasses and muscles like Arnold, were what made you cool… what made you “accepted” by women. It’s funny, because now women think that a guy is cool and hot, when he looks like the above too. A man can’t judge a women on her looks, but it’s ok for girls to talk about Channing Tatum right in front of their husbands. I honestly think it’s not a good thing for either person to be doing, but whatever.
(By the way, if you admit, as a guy that you think a woman has to look like some movie star to be hot… well, duck before you get hit with whatever is going to be thrown.)
A man can’t judge a women on her looks, but it’s ok for girls to talk about Channing Tatum right in front of their husbands. I honestly think it’s not a good thing for either person to be doing, but whatever.
Dark, muscular, brooding, gruff, breaks the law, takes charge… ALL the things that women find attractive, yet all the things that we “men” are not supposed to be; per society.
Barbie and He-Man should NOT be the ruler that our children grow up measuring themselves against. What a shame, and what a harmful cycle we have created.