• Mon, Aug 13 2012

Articles I Am Planning To Write Based Off Of Esquire’s “The Contempt Of Women”

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You guys, writers at Esquire see you giving them the side-eye and they are not happy about it. Why women being so contemptuous? Why can’t you all be nicer? Fuck it! Men are back! Men are going to fight back! And shmucky portrayals like Homer Simpson are not funny! 

I understand how the writer must feel. I mean, shows like Girls do send a different message than Cosmopolitan articles. It’s confusing. Sure.

Still, reading this, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the old Margaret Atwood line that runs “men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” That line may seem a trifle outdated – and the article writer, Stephen Marche points out that rapes are so low in some parts of the United States that they hardly exist – until you remember that cultures exist that are not the United States. In many parts of the world men not only have more power, but nearly absolute power. I can’t help but feel that the writer Stephen Marche forgot that gender relations as a whole are not defined by “gender relations in a small part of Brooklyn” – namely, the Marche household.

No matter. I am going to piggy back off of this. Here are some articles I’m thinking of doing. If Esquire could pay me a few dollars a word I can have them essentially any time.

Pic via The Simpsons/HD Wallpapers

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  • Ellen W.

    The snide comments of wives about their husbands and by single young women about the young men they are hoping to marry and by mothers about their sons-in-law have been around forever. And ever.

    In fact they’ve existed just as long as the frustrated comments by men about how much their wives nag and how their mother-in-law is a pill and how women in general don’t make any sense and don’t understand what’s really important in life.

    The only difference between back then and now is whose contempt makes it into the public sphere. Back-in-the-day women’s writings were fewer and generally only read by women; it’s only recently that women’s viewpoints are all over the public discourse. And, just like men’s viewpoints, not all women’s opinions are nice.

    So maybe the author should consider that his feelings of hurt at the cruel and inaccurate representation in the public discourse of modern Western men is how women have been feeling about the way we’ve been portrayed in mainstream entertainment/marketing for much, much longer.

    Sorry this comment isn’t funny, but then, I’m a woman and we can’t be funny.

    • Maggie

      Bravo, Ellen.

  • Sam

    I agree with Ellen on all points. And would add that this guy sounds like he recently had some reason to get set-off on this alleged “contempt.” I’m not saying all of his opinions came from a bad experience or something, but I imagine that this is his way of getting back at any woman who’s shown him (rightful) contempt.

    And the fact that he seems to exclusively enjoy humor in women so long as it’s self-deprecating is very, very telling.