Male gender stereotypes – The Uber Crap Years


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The modern male gender stereotype is a mix of abuse, absurdity, and aberrations. The good ‘ol All Men Are Rapists, Idiots, Freudian Clichés,  Etc. thing is in full force.

Not that all men are saints, sane, or even regularly conscious, but I take issue with a few things here.

The Descent of Man as a male gender stereotype

In the last 50 years, the male gender stereotype has gone from a basically straitjacketed, immovable, two dimensional thing in an office to a sort of instant criminal, instant idiot, instant excuse. This really is from hero to zero. From the truly absurd “men are smarter than women, etc.” to “Duhhh…. What’s visualization, and can I bet on it?” post-relevance failed chimp in boring clothes didn’t take long.

Paul Wallis, Live Lazy and Love It, Amazon

The theory of this book is that if you can afford to be lazy, you must be doing something right.

Now guys, here’s something you’ll really love! It’s Demolition Spreadsheet Derby! You can be a pretentious little prick in a shiny white shirt with your very own tie and everything! Prove you’re smarter and more important than your hair dryer! Show those burger crumbs on your desk who’s boss with your droning recitals of the banal, the superficial, and the howling obvious! Prove your mediocrity! You wonderful piece of crap, you! 

Talk about testosterone at work…Or in this example, in a coma. Why guys tolerate being treated like absolute morons on a second by second basis is debatable. The male media character is a series of facials, with close ups and lots of money and is dumber than any house brick – And if that doesn’t tell you something is very wrong, you’ve been asleep for a few decades.

It’s OK for guys to be ignorant, backward, timid, never face up to anything, and cringe from the cradle to the grave. According to the media, they turn in to Superman with a gun, and that solves everything. Right, morons? Most are too genetically gutless to even try to have their own opinions or to be actual people.

“Oooh, are we guys allowed to have opinions now, with approval from a peer group, a few thousand psychologists, and any number of chat shows?”

No, in practice. You’re allowed to be an illiterate, subservient, totally pointless redneck with substance abuse issues, and that’s about it.

Women are actually a lot better at spotting male problems and weaknesses than men. Guys are way too good at ignoring their weak spots. The Endless Nag (deeply appreciated as it isn’t) is right about quite a few things and goes a lot deeper than the stereotype, much more accurately.

Women simply don’t believe in the Uber Macho Executive Doormat Guy, for some reason, for example. They definitely don’t like the stereotypical Ape Guys or the Psycho Trash Brats, either, even if they keep having their kids for no known reason.

 

Word of advice for the ego-mutilated: What follows isn’t “nice”. It’s brutal. If you don’t want some more heavy gauge bullets in your ego, stop reading now. Continue reading