Doofy Husbands.

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • bitchphd

    I’m not at all sure what to say about this….

  • belleisa

    This was awesome!

    Even though people can engage in “overly close reading,” I think this segment is a really great example of how our beliefs are spread, and how behavior is indoctrinated in culture.

    Speaking in strictly heterosexual terms, this is the question that came to mind:

    How do these cultural representations dictate to men and women what to look for in a partnership…if you can even call it that?

    How do these images teach people (again straight people) how to behave, in their respective roles and responsibilities, in relationships? Marriages?

    My favorite part was the “cool single guys” versus the “dopey husbands.” The cultural message guys: settling down takes away your cool. (Although there are tons of cultural examples of married men with money having fun and still being cool–Tony Soprano, Don Draper, I couldn’t think of ones without money.)

  • shani-o

    You know it was awesome.

    Also, this woman is pretty damn funny.

  • Scipio Africanus

    I often dream of the day I can forthrightly procalim “Frankly me dear, I don’t give a damn” to someone.

  • Larissa

    There has been another close reading of this piece elsewhere:

  • ladyfresh

    oop meant to reply here

    pierce brosnan non philandererer…er

  • G.D.

    what? we’re talking about fictional portrayals.

  • G.D.

    what does it say that the ‘cool’ married dudes you mentioned are both philanderers?

  • belleisa

    I was hoping someone else would pick up on the “philandering part.” I couldn’t think of any non-philandering “cool” types, except for maybe, Obama–who I often want to refer to as Barack, does anyone else have that experience?

    But, is your question referring to my own psychology? or Why I’d be drawn to ‘cool married dudes’ who are fierce philanderers?

    Hmmm…JFK…another rich-cool-married-philanderer, MLK (wealthy for his status)-cool-married-philanderer

  • Scipio Africanus

    Was John Wayne getting up on Navajos? I don’t remember.

  • shani-o

    The only cool, non-philandering married dude I can think of is Rhett Butler. But then his selfish bitch (and I don’t mean that in a bad way) of a wife drove him away.

  • belleisa

    Oyyy…the above should read:

    Why I’d be drawn to USE EXAMPLES OF ‘cool married dudes’ who are fierce philanderers?

  • R.

    Brad Pitt? Richard Branson? First two I thought off the top of my head.

  • bitchphd

    It was a great takedown, but the commercials are speaking to a real problem, which is that most women still do the lion’s share of the housework/childcare. And god knows, as a married woman, that petty-ass resentments build up. I can’t decide, though, if playing them for laughs is exploitative, a safety valve, an apologia, or what….

  • ladyfresh

    Pierce Brosnan

  • ladyfresh

    fine! james bond!