I could have made the obvious joke, but he was truly irritated. I started thinking about it, and it's true. Many of the family friendly sitcoms (the only kind I'll really let them watch) and commercials feature Dipstick Dad. He can't cook, he can't do laundry, he doesn't know how to do anything remotely domestic. He's totally out of sync with Good Parenting Today, and social situations only provide fodder for embarrassing faux pas, particularly in the marriage relationship. God only knows how he's stayed gainfully employed all these years- he can barely dress himself in the morning. Brother, even if the show revolves around him, is shown as a bratty Machiavelli or Dipstick Jr. Mother Superior guides them through life, wisely showing the way because only she truly knows what's going on.
I told my son that it's only the small price men pay for living in a patriarchal society. "It's still wrong," he grumped. "Why would any woman fall in love with these guys, anyway?"
He shoots, he scores.
Can you picture any of these guys as romance heroes? Even the more adult-oriented shows have men who are shallow, stupid, and sex-obsessed. They never have a deeper thought, never show a smidge of competence. I guess it's funny, because most of these shows are successful, but the women have become, for me, suddenly Not Smart. She may be omniscient and omnipotent enough to figure out what little brother is up to, what little sister is thinking, keep the house clean enough for a Southern Living photo shoot, do her own profession in which of course she excels, and tutor her hubby in everything from washing whiter whites to communication skills, but why would this superwoman settle for Dipstick? You can't even claim hormones, since these guys are usually...well, let's just say they'll never be cover models.
As for the fact that the women are all gorgeous and skinny despite their three kids...oy. Don't get me started.