Blurring and Reversing TV Gender Roles

Cal Thomas

Blurring and Reversing TV Gender Roles

I don't watch much television -- I just work in it.

One of the reasons is the way men are portrayed on TV. No other group, with the possible exception of Christians, is exposed to as much ridicule. Even The New York Times has noticed it, in an article in yesterday's paper headlined "Downsized and Downtrodden, Men Are the New Women on TV."

The women on TV complain their men aren't man enough. This after confusing men about how they are to act and talk to women, about sexism and sexual harassment and how far a man can go in complimenting a woman on how she looks.

Ladies, you can't have it both ways. What kind of man do you want: One who is strong and a protector, yet sensitive to your needs, or one who is a wimp without a backbone?

Women on TV are the new men, using locker room language. As cops, they shoot and dominate men. They use language about bodily fluids and have completely lost what used to be called modesty. So if men are the new women, women are the new men. It's why I don't watch much TV.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: October 12, 2011