Male Bashing

December 17, 1999

Anyone who doubts whether male bashing has become a popular indoor sport need only take a walk though the greeting cards aisle. Two years ago, Dave Nevers did that and found a card showing a woman in a baseball uniform holding a baseball bat, talking about her high levels of stress. Open the card and you find the sentence, "How do I get rid of my stress? I take it out on him." It shows her whacking a man with a baseball bat.

Oh, of course it's a joke. But put a woman, a minority, a child in that card and it isn't real funny anymore is it? And that's the point that a number of men's groups are making. It not politically correct to bash various social groups. Apparently male bashing is still OK.

And if you think that one card is an aberration, consider the number of what are being called "rolling pin" humor cards on the market. One involves a wife pulling a gun on her husband because he wants to tell her about his "great day."

Warren Farrell in his new book, Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say says there is growing evidence of misandry (man hating) in our society. If a man belittles a woman, it could become a lawsuit. But if women belittle men, it's "a Hallmark card."

And really this isn't a problem with the greeting card business. They know a trend when they see one. Bashing males has been a target rich area for marketing. These cards are just expressing heightened female frustration with men.

I've got a suggestion. Let's have the women back off and the men be more sensitive. Then maybe some of these cards won't be purchased so much in the future.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.