The descent of man? Greatly exaggerated
I appreciate Debra Goldman's concern for my gender, but her defense of us ["The Male Ego Takes a Beating," March 3] rests on assumptions that are fallacious, cockamamie and bollocks.
"Dumb Dad" is the laughingstock of every other sitcom precisely because he is the power figure. Head of organization equals butt of joke. It's a comedy convention that predates Chaucer and has evidently outlived feminism. Of course, feminists (and other killjoys) have deprived writers of the laughs they once got from perpetuating stereotypes. With a few exceptions (All in the Family, Married ... With Children), those jokes aren't funny anymore. So lazy writers fall back on "bashing the boss."
Goldman then quotes Jeff DeJoseph of Doremus, who blames the feminization of the workplace for corporate America's absence of "vision," says the casual office has "infantilized" men and rages at the "skinny guys in ill-fitting clothes" who populate VW ads. Golly, Jeff. If women damaged your vision, you should have stopped when you needed glasses. The only infantilized businessmen I've known were the pre-feminist fossils who needed "girls" to correct their grammar and pick up their dry cleaning (they all wore suits). And if skinny guys in baggy clothes are a sign of the apocalypse, I guess Joe DiMaggio was the Antichrist.
Women have humanized the workplace. And doubled its IQ. Ray Romano, Bernie Mac and skinny VW guys are no less virile than Darrin Stephens, Ricky Ricardo and Mr. Whipple, but they are more three-dimensional. And like most men I know, they don't seem concerned that changing a diaper, cooking a meal or using a photocopier will lower their sperm count.
Svp, creative director
The Weightman Group
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