“My 27-year-old daughter and I are forever marveling at how contemptuously men are portrayed in everything from TV commercials to sitcoms and even some movies. The feminist influence is so obvious and I can't help but wonder why no one raises a complaint against it. That is why I was so glad to see your column. It's about time someone said something about this outrageous discrimination.”
A few readers went further and theorized about why such a double standard exists:
“One major reason is that males have been taught from a very young age that "You don't hit girls"… Throughout my life, I've heard such statements as: "Boys don't hit girls" or "If a girl hits you, don't be a coward and hit her back." But it's also been ingrained into the male mentality that males don't verbally attack females. Therefore, if a female calls a male a pig, for example, a gentleman does not retaliate, even making a complaint is viewed as him acting somewhat like a sissy.”
Another reader noted that “females tend to band together and protect each other and stand up for each other. Males seem to be more individualistic.” Others agreed, including one who said: “Because we don't want to sound like whiners, I think most of the white male population is just willing to keep our mouths shut and move on.”
If you’d like to read what others had to say, please visit www.HomeInvasion.org. (You can add your thoughts as well.) The notes I appreciated the most were from fellow parents. As one woman wrote:
“My husband and I are raising two teenage boys. We homeschool, yet they are still inundated with the media portrayal of men as incompetent oafs. It just breaks my heart. Why in our society do we sit back and tolerate this nonsense? Oh, that's right ... because if we (meaning conservative Christians) do speak out, we're labeled ‘INTOLERANT.’ Please, Rebecca, keep speaking out on behalf of our young men and continue to encourage the rest of us to do the same.”
You can count on it. Who knows? Maybe if we speak up on behalf of the men in our lives, we can turn this trend around. Let’s start today.