Curious portrayals of men today

One consistent theme in these humorous sitcoms is the role of the wife. The wife in each of these shows is a highly capable, attractive and intelligent woman who must act the long suffering woman who leads her clueless husband around by the nose.

The men in these shows seem to mess up just about everything, even the most elementary problem is too much for them. While certain stereotypes from the past needed correcting, such as those foisted upon women, depicting men as fools in the process seems a bit curious to me.

I'm not sure what this cultural shift means for men and maybe these portrayals are part of a necessary, if not understood by me, evolution in cultural norms. Additionally, I wonder what effect these depictions are having on young people. Do they see their fathers as the feckless twits they seem to be on so many contemporary sitcoms?

I wonder what John Walton would have said about men being portrayed as fools in popular culture? I suspect that he would have shook his head, said goodnight to John Boy and went to bed, just as I am about to do. Remember, all kids count.

Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at hurlburt@wildblue.net

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