Wednesday, July 20, 2011
When I'm watching T.V. my day can be easily ruined by the commercials. Okay, not ruined, but I get very annoyed. Not by having wait through the commercials, that doesn't bug me. But the messages that certain commercials send.
For example, one that has come to my attention is a laundry detergent commercial. I'm not sure exactly what corporation and company it is because I was so distracted by the degrading-ness of it. Anyways, it was showing how the detergent takes stains out and leaves the clothing looking brand new. Awesome. What annoyed me was that, of course, women were talking about this. Not one male actor in this commercial. I am so sick of the 1950's housewife commercials that are stuck in modern times. In case you don't know, women are kicking ass. We are successful, powerful women and doing what we want to do with our lives. I give major props to all mothers and housewives because they do a hell of a lot for their families, but they do have other things to do and talk about rather than just gasp over their amazing new detergent they got. There are many men that are "house-husbands", why aren't they in any of these commercials? There are many gay men who have kids, they aren't appearing in any of these commercials. Who says that one parent has to put up with all the house work? Get with the times people. Women aren't machines meant to just raise kids, clean the house, and make dinner. I'm here to have an effective voice in the world and do whatever the hell I want...or maybe not do whatever the hell I want like laundry!
This sexist advertising is so god damn degrading in my opinion. Another commercial that made my blood boil was of a mom on a computer looking at ideas for dinner and as the kids and dad walk in she sees some kind of pre-made dinner she could make. Is there some kind of rule that women have to have the meals made at dinner?
I don't see them very often but one of the most aggravating commercials are the Carl's Jr. ones. Those commercials are disgusting and so disrespectful to women. We all know those girls in the commercials will not go out and buy a burger, or if they do they'll go and then puke it out due to pressure to continue being skinny and sexy. When girls see those commercials we get self conscience. Especially when it's so sexual. The key people of Carl's Jr. are men, which obviously don't give a crap about these problems, like most CEO's of corporations. Sex sells.
After such disrespectful commercials I get even more motivated to become a super successful woman. This isn't about which gender is more successful, it's about doing what makes YOU feel great. Being fourteen and being my own boss for my business is so rewarding. First, knowing that I will never have to work for "the man" is sweet, and second, not having to go to my parents for money for certain things makes it even better.
We're in the United States. There are a lot of problems with our government, but women do have the right to do what we want. We can go to college, have houses of our own, do what we want. So when I see some of these effed up commercials it makes me pissed off because why should we keeping sending these messages to women who have the right to do what we want! These commercials sort of pressure us into thinking we should have families or settle into a certain gender role.
I guess my point is to tell girls that they don't have to have a family, or make a perfect dinner or wear a bikini and wiggle on a car (unless you want to later on!). You don't have to work for the man. You do what makes you feel empowered and happy. Whether it's starting a band, or a business, doing what you want to do with your life I think is absolutely bad ass.