One of the small joys of this lazy summer is occasionally watching The View. Last week, they had Sigourney Weaver on the show. I'm not going to talk about the accidental panty-flash - that's really not too interesting to me. Instead, I want to talk about something that she said, something that many women believe, a point of view that really irritates me. As the ladies were talking about a cause that Sigourney is supporting (which I don't remember the details of, but works to promote women in some way), Joy shared that for the first time, more women then men will be participating this year in the Olympics. Sigourney then said quite seriously (though she's always quite serious, and it could really have been said in jest), that women are better than men in every way.
Really? I know that many women believe this, it's a popular feminist notion. Many women really believe that women are not only superior to men, but there seems to be an unspoken belief that men are useless, idiotic, and the world would be better without them. Just look at our television sitcoms. Many portray men as bumbling idiots, and women as the sensible leaders (Homer Simpson for example).
I think this type of male-bashing has gone far enough. It is time for us to think how this type of thinking might be impacting our young boys. Sure, it may be empowering for our little girls, but how is a boy supposed to grow confidently into a man when the world is delivering him such negative messages? And, don't we want our boys to grow up to be strong leaders, good decision-makers, and confident, successful, husbands and fathers?
I know that throughout history and still in many parts of the world, women's rights have been suppressed. Now, in the United States, females are more likely to graduate high school and college. They are flourishing in math and science. They are gaining leadership positions and running our homes. Women really can "have it all." And, this is awesome. I have reaped the benefits of the feminist movement, and I can't complain.
But, wouldn't it be a shame if the situation reversed itself, and our males became underserved and even discriminated against? I think this is starting to happen. Young males are underachieving in every way. Today's educational situation has been reformed to favor female learning styles. Little boys are criticized and punished for being overactive and aggressive, when many times they are just being male.
I want my son to know that HE can be successful and accomplished in this world. I want him to be a strong, moral, masculine leader of his home. I want him to be literate and love to read. I want him to know that men are awesome! They are our heroes and our role-models. Men have done awesome things for our country, have led the world in discovery and exploration, and are strong, fast and brave.
Although many women, including Sigourney Weaver, would claim that women are better than men, I'd like to share some ways my hubby is better than most women:
- Physically stronger - even without working out, he has some fine muscles.
- Heavy lifting - see above. Those fine muscles can lift things with ease that I can't move with all my strength.
- Finances - he really is better with numbers than I am. And, I'm so glad to give him that responsibility!
- Automobile maintenance - oil and grease = yuck.
- Taking out garbage - stinking trash=yuck.
- Killing bugs - when he's not around, I resort to throwing shoes. He's fearless in the face of a giant cockroach.
- Faster- I may have him in a marathon, but he could blow all you females away in the 100 yard dash.
- Household repair - I don't even want to know what all those tools are for.
- Rough and tumble play with Jr. - Jr. loves it but when I try, my moves don't compare to daddy's.
- Decision-making - he makes non-emotional decisions that are really more sound than my emotion-laden decisions.
- Risk-taking - what's the fun in life without a little risk? If it were up to me, we'd be in safety bubbles and never try anything new.