Thursday, December 9, 2010

The absurdity of thinking men and women are interchangeable

(CNN)  Tom Shayles, executive editor of Brides Magazine, said he resents the fact that the 40 billion dollar per year wedding industry "continues to worship at the altar of the 21 to 29-year-old female."

What is your reaction to the above quote?  Did you find it goofy?  I would think so, because, of course the wedding industry worships at the altar of young women. That's who drives it.

OK, that quote was made up to make a point. Let us be perfectly honest: no rational person would ever make a statement like that, because that concern isn't on anyone's radar.

But what's your reaction to this one:

Helen Mirren resents that "Hollywood filmmaking . . . continues to worship at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis. Quite small, I always think.”

That's a real quote. It's every bit as goofy as the one about the wedding industry. Hollywood producers have a slobbering crush on young men because young men drive the movie industry. Everybody knows that. (Nice of Ms. Mirren to mention the penises -- because, I mean, young men are defined by their penises -- not their brains, or their good deeds, or their hard work. They are just virile masses of testosterone plotting where they can next stick their penises, no better than rutting animals.)

So why is it somehow "OK" for the wedding industry to be female driven -- nobody would ever question that -- but it's "wrong," and worthy of protest, for the movie industry to be male-driven? 

Why is it OK for colleges to be pink ghettos but it's wrong when more men than women want to play competitive sports in college?

Why is it OK for college liberal arts departments to be dominated by women but it's wrong for science and engineering departments to be dominated by men?

Do you see what's going on here?  Men and women merely have different interests when women dominate a field; but for any field dominated by men, it must be due to discrimination. And misogyny.  And patriarchy.

Because men and women are different. Except when they are the same.