Thursday, September 29, 2005

Commander in Chief

Mikaela says:
Good thing I'm reading newspapers these days so I can know what's happening on t.v.

Today's L.A. Times has a very funny piece on a man's reaction to the new show with Geena Davis as President of the United States.

The "reporter" is dismayed at the sexism in the ad campaign for the show, but he ends up seeing it as parody of the inevitable reaction of critics. He also gets a nice wake-up call about the reality of sexism that women face every day.

Very funny read, actually.

An excerpt:

A LOT OF PEOPLE don't consider me a feminist. This may be because of the fact that I spend most of my time objectifying women.

But I think of myself as a feminist. As a kid I was forced to listen to an unhealthy amount of "Free to Be You and Me." I've read Betty Friedan and Simone de Beauvoir. I strongly believe that my wife should work outside of the home. Hopefully soon. So when I saw the ad campaign for ABC's new drama "Commander in Chief," I thought it was one of the more offensive things I've ever seen that didn't turn me on.
I watched the pilot and quickly saw that ... the show was scrutinizing freaking out about a female president, not adopting that attitude. The political-cartoon ads were meant to mimic reactionary comics that might run if a woman really were president. ... I had mistaken the characters' attitude for the author's. I had decided that just discussing a topic was sexist.

Looking back, I can see why I was eager to overreact with my nationwide boycott. It seemed so much easier than giving up porn.


Blogger Maggie said...

oh my god! "I thought it was one of the more offensive things I've ever seen that didn't turn me on."

TOO funny. hilarious!

12:48 PM  

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