Male-bashing seems to be the last bastion of acceptable biased speech. Pokerhed has a post suggesting it may be time to end it. Men, after all, are people too. The stereotype of men as “dumb brutes,” so often used as the punchline in standup acts and the inspiration for countless country songs, can be unfair and even harmful. [I’m going to assume Pokerhed is being serious in his post — certainly the article he quotes is serious.]
The excuse for allowing male-bashing all these years has been simple: men have all the power and money; surely they can take a little joke. The question is, why are men suddenly starting to become uncomfortable with these jokes? Is it because men are becoming more tolerant and therefore see the problem with “humor” directed at a category of people rather than an individual or “all of us”? Or is it because men see some of that power and money beginning to slip from their grasp?
According to the article cited in the post, men are outnumbered on college campuses 4 to 3, and comprise only 43 percent of college graduates. It’s long been known that men have a shorter life expectancy than women. Could we actually be headed toward a society where female is the dominant gender? Imagine a bizarro-world where the only reason men attend college is to meet a suitable mate, where men preen and vie for the attention of the women who are most likely to succeed. It could happen. Santa Clara University is only the most recent institution to draw attention due to its preferential admissions status for an underrepresented minority on campus: men. If men are now in need of affirmative action just to land a spot in college, what will their economic status be twenty years from now?
So all you men who are concerned about the rise of male-bashing, be careful what you wish for. If you do manage to attain the status underprivileged minority, it will indeed become politically incorrect to tell jokes at your expense. The cost? You will also lose your real status and power.