|The simple man...|
Well, I came across a video commentary by Bishop Robert Barron recently on the Homer Simpsonization of men in the culture, where he makes a similar observation.
In his commentary, Bishop Barron says the father/male role in shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy and many others, such as Married with Children, is often portrayed as dumb, childish, selfish and irresponsible. While the mother/female role is usually shown to be the opposite; smart, honest, selfless and responsible. This appears to be, at least to some, part of a concerted effort to devalue fatherhood and masculinity in the culture.
It also is a common theme in many Hollywood movies, where an underestimated woman becomes the heroin and saves the day. Or, the ever so popular, we-don't-need-men story line, that Disney and other moviemakers are advancing.
Now, while recognizing that women were discriminated against for decades in Hollywood, and the new industry feminist movement is an attempt to correct years of wrongdoing, Bishop Barron fears the pendulum may be swinging too far.
The relationship between the sexes should never be likened to a Nietzschean power play, the clergyman says, where the strong defeats the weak in a zero sum game but more of an Aristotlean-like symbiosis, where the success of one, believe it or not, is good for the other.
And, that's the way God intended the genders to be; complimentary and completing...
Check out his comments here: