Okay, boo hoo, so every male character -of the vast majority of male characters- isn’t Prince Charming. How sad, cry me a river. How dare they have male characters who are fat or stupid. Not all men are like that. We should have more handsome, smart, muscular men on TV, to accurately portray the true glory of mankind.
When they are portrayed as being sexy, hot, glorious males, it’s putting soooooo much pressure on the poor dears. Seriously?
The number of men in the media is so high, you can find no end of whatever sort of men you want. Fat unkempt men? You’ve got it. Realistically handsome and smart men? You’ve got it. Geeky men? Tons of them. Muscular eye-candy? Yup.
With so. Many. Men in the media, there’s bound to be a certain amount of them portraying some variety of men or the other. Just because some of them are imperfect or some of them are unrealistically too perfect, doesn’t make men goddamn victims of the media.
Seriously, any man that wants to boycott a certain male stereotype will have a WEALTH of other media options to turn to. There are so many shows about each type, probably at least 5 popular ones right now that go for the “antisocial, geeky, brilliant but hilarious” sector.
Women on the other hand always have to be like, “Oh, this is kinda sexist. But there’s nothing that’s better so I’ll just have to pretend I didn’t notice that”
SUPER-DUPER FUN FACT: around 93% of media executives- the people who run these companies and help create this material- are men. Men have no one to blame for their media representation but themselves. Are you unhappy about “~The stupid, fat, useless, immature man of modern television~”? Are you unhappy about that “~Hot, perfect guy that all the girls want~”? And how you, as a man, can’t possibly fit these stereotypes and be all these things and you feel the pressure because it’s just so hard and unfair?
These images and this media culture is created by and presided over by men.
And then, even if you’re unhappy, even if one or two stereotypes of men repulse you or make you want to rip your hair out, because you’re not like that, that’s not an accurate representation of you, that’s not how men behave, you have a million different portrayals of men to choose from. It may be unfair, but you have options. If you’re unhappy with Sheldon Cooper, you can press that little channel button on your remote and see Charlie Sheen on the next channel up. If you’re unhappy with the “Men of modern television,” you can find Donald Draper in the same time slot on AMC. You can be unhappy with Donald Draper and go watch Leonard Hoffstader instead. See what we’re getting at here? It takes next to no effort to find different types of male characters on television. Men may not have the best representation through television, but they have a wider, deeper, more developed range of characters than women.
What do women have?
Well, we have Lifetime, apparently. You know, the one “women’s network”.
If this page wanted to draw attention to how men of color are unfairly stereotyped in the media and have very limited representation, I would be here for that. [Of course, it’s even worse for women of color.]