As I was relishing the time in my car by myself, I turned the radio up loud. My favorite song ended and a commercial came on. I’ve heard bits of this one before and it has always agitated me. Last night though, it about sent me over the edge.
What was the commercial you ask? It was encouraging people to dial a number before digging to be sure they don’t hit gas lines. The problem with this commercial is that it makes the husband out to be a complete and total idiot.
This makes me so angry. The double standard we have is deplorable. If there was a commercial or a TV show that made out the wife to be an idiot people would react – it would not be tolerated. It would be called sexist. So why is it okay to make men out to be ignorant doofus’?
While I was listening to this commercial my husband was home rocking our baby. He had put the three big kids to bed, done some dishes (before Libby woke Elliott) and was taking care of business the way he does so well. I know many more husbands like this than not. While Jeremy is special to me, I know he is not the only husband who shows up and does his share of the work. We are equal in our marriage and each do our fair share of the work.
My husband is brilliant. He is funny, he is kind, he is caring. He has common sense and uses it. I know not all men do, but hey not all women do either!
I think it is time we stop letting businesses and TV shows get away with making someone out to be the dumb doofus just for laughs, because it really isn’t very funny.