Watch some TV sometime. More accurately -- watch the commercials. Hell, I'll list a few, and we'll see if we can't pick out the common thread running through them.
Jealous of what? Jealous, perhaps, of the way that men are congratulated as folk heros of Americana for simply shoving as much food into their pie-holes as they can possibly fit there? Jealous of the way that these commercials are often shown in the same break as the commercials for Jenny Craig -- you know, where the disgusting, piggy, horrifically suicidal *F*A*T* woman is shown finding new purpose in life now that she eats cardboard-and-skim-milk shakes three meals a day and had her stomach stapled shut? While Mr. Football Fan jiggles a blobby gut twelve times as big in the viewer's face wearing a big old "ain't I just fabulous?" grin?
Or jealous of the way that dumpy men have always been shown with women who look like they just stepped out from under the scalpel (Seinfeld, anyone?) whereas women over 40 just magically vanish from tee-vee land once they get a crow's-toenail much less a whole foot? Screw "As Good As It Gets," I want to see a dessicated psychotic old crazy lady in bed with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jealous of the way that this pressure gives men a smorgasbord of appetizing women to entertain them by shimmying and jiggling on every damned channel, whereas we get about one zillionth the selection?
Maybe just possibly.
I'll let you know when I see a commercial for ANY food item -- a juice drink, a hot dog, a plate of nachos, a Hungry MAN dinner -- that shows an overweight woman or a teenaged girl shoving it in as fast as her esophagus can channel it into her GI tract and smiling the whole way, while the announcer says, "Look at her go! What a woman!" Or maybe some soccer mom smiling amusedly and saying, "You know what it's like when you have teenagers; they eat you out of house and home," while her teenaged daughter and her female friends are chugging down the microwaved pizza rolls after a flag football game.
Hungry MAN dinner?! Give me a break. You want hungry, talk to his wife or daughter. They know what it means to go hungry.
02/10/07 at 5:14