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Ask Dr. Helen: Is This Election Causing More Male Bashing?

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September 15, 2008 - 12:44 am
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Is it open season on men this election year? I have noticed an upswing in the amount of blatant male bashing going on in the media and blogs as of late. Let me give you a few examples.

First, there is a pathetic article from the health section of the New York Times. “If the Boss is Young and Male, Watch Out,” written by Tara Parker-Pope, is about a study (conducted by a man) of the “problems” associated with having a young male boss. Why the negative, snide title by Parker-Pope indicating her hostility towards men in general? She wouldn’t dare put up the same title about having a female boss; that would be sacrilegious, of course.

In yet another bit of obvious male-bashing News-Sentinel blogger Katie Allison Granju has a post entitled “Teenage boys are stupid,” in which she attributes male idiocy to all young men based on the actions of one young man who killed a classmate at school. This young man has a sister who is on the run for murder, yet I never saw a similar article by Granju with the title “Teenage girls are stupid.” As commenters pointed out, she knew good and well that there were no consequences for saying the former and that she could possibly get fired or catch real heat for saying the latter. Somehow, these women don’t think angry male commenters count. As men become more organized against this type of prejudice, this will change.

Finally, much to my dismay, financial adviser Suze Orman now seems to be on a bender against men. Since her show is on CNBC, a network with strong male demographics, she usually tries to control herself when it comes to bashing men (although I have seen some subtle digs on her show such as when she tells men to help women with their money problems in ways that she rarely advises women to do for men).

However, on last week’s show, she had guest Judge Judy on to talk about prenups, co-signing loans, and women and money. Unfortunately, the two began discussing how women are always getting stuck with their husbands’ loans and bills because women are “too nice.” Apparently, Orman believes that men don’t pay the bills and then ride off into the sunset, abandoning women to avoid paying their fair share.

If Ms. Orman bothered to check her facts, she would find that the majority of child support and alimony is paid by the male gender. Women are more likely to be “deadbeat parents” than men. So men are hardly walking away from the bills in record numbers.

On another show, My Life on the D-List, I watched as comedienne Kathy Griffin went to discuss her finances with Orman. As she entered Orman’s office, Griffin told a male staffer that he darn well better open the door for her. He was there to serve her while Orman accused him of having “no masculinity left” later on during a meeting. The emasculated male staffer simply grinned and agreed with whatever they said. I nearly threw up before changing the channel. I wonder why, all of a sudden, Orman is getting her panties in a wad over men. Has the election made her more bold or more likely to attack or belittle men?

That made me wonder why the male bashing seems to have intensified around this election.  I have a few theories, although none of them seem to explain everything.

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