“If you have spent time on the Internet, you’re probably tired of hearing how we need more Strong Female Characters. For some reason, people don’t seem to realize that sexism no longer exists today and both sexes are treated with complete equality, especially in the entertainment industry. If anything, men are the ones being discriminated against.
Seriously, think about all those roles that women selfishly hog up (e.g., passive victims requiring rescue, femmes fatales, joyless nags) that are off-limits to even the most talented male actors. It’s time to stop this woman-centric hand-wringing on how to make female characters better and focus on helping the real victims of Hollywood sexism by asking: How can we make male characters worse?”
This article, like many Cracked articles, is hilarious but also secretly informative and definitely subversive. Imagining men playing these ridiculous roles women are forced to play more often than not is kind of magical, but it’s also a disheartening reminder that we still have a long way to go.
Still not convinced you should read this? Let me share this gem with you:
“His first day on the job, he smacks the hand of anyone trying to help him adjust his monitor or set up his voice mail, telling them he doesn’t need anybody’s help; a man can do that sort of thing just as well as a woman. Every time he accomplishes something, he reminds everyone in the room that he is a man, with sassy phrases like ‘You want something done right, you got to give it to a man.’ Any time someone tries to stop him from putting toner in the coffee maker or something, he says, ‘You think I can’t do this just because I have a penis?’ If they look, then he says, ‘Hey, my eyes are up here!’ He snaps at anyone trying to be friendly to him and accuses them of just wanting to get what’s in his pants. This shows how independent he is and is guaranteed to make male viewers identify with him, since men are always high-strung, irrational, and obnoxious whenever they try to break barriers and will naturally root for anyone who is the same.”