I was wondering of I could get some thoughts on something that came up at dinner.
Dinner wasn’t “all that,” but I enjoyed the company. Then at the end of dinner, tucked in with the bill, were these little cards with amusing sayings. Here was the one I got:
This struck a nerve with me. It’s man bashing. Now, I realize man bashing is fashionable, but it irritates me nonetheless.
Let me try to demonstrate what I mean by changing the witty comment slightly:
Most likely, you don’t find this second version as funny. Even if you are not a woman, you have been taught that such a comment is sexist. The restaurant where we ate would have caught no end of flack if they had handed out cards with this latter saying on it. In fact, they never would have. More than that, the cards with this saying would not have been printed. The saying would have been correctly deemed misogynistic.
So why is the former saying, the man-bashing one, amusing enough to hand out like after dinner mints? Answer: It’s not funny. It’s just as sexist as the misogynistic saying.
Yet, there I was, holding it after dinner. I wasn’t laughing.
September 03, 2005 — Would you like some man bashing with that? 6 comments