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Monday, October 6, 2014

WHAT WOMEN DON’T KNOW - a cranky re-run


This cranky re-run is from October 2011...suprisingly many coments consisted of pure totally unfair man bashing.

TV commercials will tell future anthropologists much about changes in our society and culture.
Ads in the fifties and sixties portrayed women as cute, but incapable of doing anything but vacuuming rugs and cleaning dishes and clothes. Husbands always had that “Oh isn’t she cute….stupid, but cute” look on their face as they stepped in to solve the various problems that wives in those decades were incapable of resolving.

Ads in the seventies, eighties and into the nineties slowly began to portray women as not only capable of doing “men stuff” but often able to do these tasks even better. Women went from incapable, to equally capable.

Ads from the late nineties until today have shown women to have evolved into not just equal, but far superior to men in virtually everything. Women still vacuum and clean while men try, but just don’t cut it. Women talk used car salesmen into the best deals while the husband looks on with his thumb up a hidden orifice. Women are the bread winners, the cleaners, the cooks, and the child care-givers. Husbands watch football, drink beer, lie on the couch, and fuck up any project they do attempt. While the husband is a total lazy fuckup, the wife has that, “Oh isn’t he just like a man….lazy and stupid, but he’s my man” look on their face as they step in to solve the various problems that men currently seem incapable of handling.

Ladies, I am about to turn traitor to my gender, but be careful about what you expect from your man. While the ladies of the fifties wanted to break out of their stereotype, men if given the chance, will absolutely assume the football watching, beer swilling, couch potato image that is being thrust upon them.

We are motivated by need. We need to be needed by a woman and we need to be needed by children. We are wired to make sure our women and children are taken care of. We are wired to do whatever it takes to accomplish that. If our women and children are doing just fine, if they do not need our strength, wisdom and help, then we are wired to be just fine with that.

What does the “King of the Beasts”, the male lion, do all day? He sleeps, slaps his cubs away, and waits for his mate to hunt down and bring home dinner. Then he gets the choice first bites of zebra steak. We human males take notice. It’s not a bad gig.

If women constantly demonstrate that men are not needed, that they can outperform us in every endeavor, then they will create the man of today’s TV commercials, and men will be happy to oblige.

Women, you need to fail occasionally. You need to need some help opening that jar lid. You need to be unable to change a tire. You need to not know how to hammer a nail or turn a screw. Maps need to confuse you, and math should be hard. It is your choice, if we are not needed for these things, we are OK with that. As long as we are still needed for that primary function of procreation, we are happy to fill in the down time with football, beer and a comfortable couch.



  1. SD often looks at me like I'm a bit stupid (although obviously cute) which is TOTALLY unfair because as you know from reading my blog - I am REALLY good at stuff!!

  2. I have found that men and women should compliment each other. What I can't do hubby can and what he can't I can. It's working very well here, but you are right about those commercials. Spot on.

    Have a fabulous day Cranky and tell your perfect Mrs. Cranky I said hello. ☺

  3. I have needed a lot of help since my surgery & I thank God my husband was willing (& able) to do things for me!!

  4. I'm afraid to leave a comment for fear I might incriminate myself.

    But here's an interesting fact about lions: zoologists have learned that females do bring down most of the kills, but they eat everything if given a chance, leaving nothing for cubs, who then die of starvation. Males keep the females away and don't mind eating with cubs, sharing the meal. Just food for thought. Now I'm hungry for a fresh slab of zebra! A fun post as always.

  5. I need jar help. From anyone.

  6. Yeah, I do the jar lid opening. That's about it.

  7. My husband can hand me a crutch to prop open the back hatch of my SUV like nobody's business!

    Yeah. He gave me an actual crutch off a nail in the garage wall, from when he had knee surgery, to wedge in there, rather than get a hydraulic thingy to fix my hatch. I know he KNEW HOW to fix it. After all, he and his buddies took an old Mack truck and sawed up that main beam thingy that ran down the length of it, shortened it, added hydraulics, and made a dump truck.

    He gave me a crutch.

  8. Can't pump gas so that's my need :) But I do try to do a lot of stuff myself, not that I can't let hubby do some of it, but what happens if he passes before me? Better get working on pumping that gas.


  9. It's not a great stretch to blame the absent-baby-daddy single-mother part of society on a generation's worth of that sort of advertising. Far-ranging subject and I'm just waking up, but too much of anything on TV will have an effect on the people watching it.

    This is easily the most female-dominated culture of modern times. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing will be proven by succeeding generations.

  10. Hey, if it is hard and an ugly job, come here fellow. I am quite willing to admit some stuff is beyond my abilities or will. There is always time later for beer and football.

  11. I'm going to miss paper maps when they are totally replaced by GPS devices. Reading a map is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. I also like assembling those little cheap cabinets from Target and using my leveler when putting up a rod to hang a tapestry. How are we going to satisfy the plea for more women engineers if we continue to teach our daughters that they might ruin their manicures if they hammer a nail into the wall.
    I'm all for being feminine when I want to be, but sometimes executing a little brain power and strength is so satisfying.
    On the flip side, you're a man, so you know, generally speaking, what a man wants and needs. I agree that your ego needs to be stroked and fed; and sometimes is fun to oblige. Maybe a little compromising? Also, I've heard women chew a man out if he offers help. A simple "No thank you" should suffice.
    This post makes me think of Neuroplasticity, but that's another 1000 keystrokes, so I'll punt.
    Have you missed my chatty comments? lol


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