Friday, September 27, 2013

To All My Friends (Well, Maybe Only if They're All Boys)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM


This new Dewar's scotch advertisement using the Charles Bukowski poem "So You Want to be a Writer" is beautifully done and the narrator's voice is cool, although it would be even more beautiful with Bukowski's smoke-singed voice. But you know what I do have a problem with? And I know this going to seem very un-Bukowski, but he won't care, believe me. I have a problem with the fact that you don't see a woman on the screen until towards the end and only for a second.

They couldn't find cool women doing cool things? Women don't drink scotch? Shit, tell that to my mother.

I know: Guys have their things and gals have their things. But sometimes, wouldn't it be nice if everyone came to the conclusion that we aren't that much different from each other? We like the same paychecks. We like writing and life's big adventures, just like the ones shown in the Dewar's video.

I guess it's just been one of those weeks, and of course reading the bust.com blog doesn't help matters when their writers point out what they consider to be the most misogynistic article of all time. So, yeah, I'm on my feminist soap box. Deal with it.

The site they refer to is called Return of Kings. It's a site for guys who seem to be angry at women. Seriously, that's all I can get from it. And while there's a lot of misogynist crap out there on the internets and every where else, the article they quote is just, well, disgusting.

24 Signs She's a Slut. I've been thinking a bit this morning of my own list 24 Signs He's a Slut, but isn't that pretty much every guy out there. See what I just did right there? I made a stupid joke about guys. But seriously, once we all realize we all want the same things out of life, including sex, I imagine making lists like this will be moot. Well, of course, if girls with tattoos and piercings and whatnot decide you just aren't worth it, you might love Return of Kings. And you might be a moron destined to walk this planet alone forever.

As for me, if I want to get a male perspective, since I'm raising a pretty amazing son, I think I'll turn to the folks at The Good Men Project. Yeah, I know, sometimes the material be a little on the schmaltzy side, but at least it treats all of us the way we want to be treated — that we want the same amazing things out of this life.

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