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MarkyMark: “How blatantly MATRIARCHAL TV has gotten.”

Our dear old friend MarkyMark (not the actor/singer)  is back with more of his unique perspective on contemporary popular culture, which has apparently gotten way too friendly to the ladies. Here’s Marky:

[H]ow blatantly MATRIARCHAL TV has gotten.  I was watching the NASCAR race at Loudon, NH today … when the predictable commercials and TV show promos came on.  There was one show being promoted that, as far as I could tell, had all FEMALE characters; they were all women!  There were no main, male characters I could see in the promo.  The show was called Political Animals, and it’s on the USA Network.

Here’s an official promo picture for Political Animals.

I think Marky may need to get new glasses.

But no matter; Marky has seen all he needs to have an opinion.

When I saw the promo for it during the commercial break for my race, I was like wow, why would I even want to watch that crap?  They have some old crones starring it, one of whom is Sigourney Weaver.  Even when she was younger and more attractive, I couldn’t stand her; she was a bitch back in the day, and she’s a bitch now.  Only now that she’s an old crone, she’s even more, er, ‘charming’ than she was back when she starred in Working Girl, circa 1989.

Um, you do realize that in Working Girl she was playing a character? A character that wasn’t supposed to be charming?

Marky begins to reminisce about the good old days, before television was taken over by the Amazonian warriors of the Matriarchy.

Back in the day, USA Network had some unique shows on; they had stuff on that no one else had, which made them worth watching.  One of my favorites was Silk Stalkings, which I think originally ran on CBS, but I can’t be sure; other than sporting events, I haven’t watched network TV like CBS in ages.  Another favorite show of mine on USA Network was Pacific Blue, which was about bike cops in Santa Monica, California.  …

Then, over the years, USA Network changed; they no longer had the unique fare that had set them apart back in the 1990s. …

After seeing the promos for the new shows this fall, I don’t know; I don’t know that I’m missing anything by not having a TV at all.  I had a TV, but I gave it to Ma because I never USED the damn thing!  The things that I really want to see are available online, such as the racing.  If I want to watch QUALITY TV programs, then I can go to Hulu.com; that site has the old, classic TV shows that were, unlike today’s trash, actually worth watching.  I watched a couple of seasons of Adam-12 & Emergency! on that site-good, uplifting programming that showed men being men.  I think I might be better off getting a bike or scooter with my extra cash.  Either that, or I could start taking trips to Central & South America to meet some nice, hot women down there. 

Oh, dear.

In closing, TV, from the looks of it, has gone totally matriarchal.  They don’t even make a pretense of catering to men anymore-none!  Since there’s nothing for me to watch on there, why get a TV, let alone a cable or satellite hookup for the damn thing?!  Seriously, why bother watching it?  The races are increasingly available online; sites like Hulu & Netflix carry TV shows and movies.  To see things that appeal to me, I don’t need a TV.  No wonder why TV and the rest of the old media are dying!  Until next time…

Watching Adam-12 on your computer while muttering bitterly under your breath about the evil that is Sigourney Weaver – MGTOW activism at its finest!

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PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth

Well I would direct him to shows like MadMen but I think he would believe it is all about women since they appear on the screen sometimes.

the twisted spinster
the twisted spinster
8 years ago

The USA Network was his favorite tv station. That’s all I needed to know about him to know what he’s like.

feministgamer
feministgamer
8 years ago

Women characters are one of my hot button issues. I am so sick of women being marginalized in fictional roles practically everywhere (and in the few that they aren’t marginalized-being viciously attacked for existing).

The dude ranting here though is just misogynistic plain and simple, though. There’s nothing even to argue. He’s a waste of air and Central/South America doesn’t want him either.

ShadetheDruid
ShadetheDruid
8 years ago

…some unique shows on; they had stuff on that no one else had…

…which was about bike cops in Santa Monica…

Hahaha.. funny. Seriously though, how many cop shows were there “back in the day”? Like a million?

That’s not to say they were all the same, but wow.

johnnykaje
8 years ago

“There was one show being promoted that, as far as I could tell, had all FEMALE characters; they were all women! There were no main, male characters I could see in the promo.”

Oh, wee lamb. That must have been terrible, not seeing your sex represented in your entertainment.

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

I love that Marky Mark and reality are so far apart.

“Pacific Blue?” LOL. I watch what could be considered some bad tv, but COME ON.

Russell Wain Glasser
8 years ago

Oh, whew. For a minute I thought you were talking about the REAL Marky Mark, a.k.a. actor Mark Wahlberg. I don’t love the guy, but he’s been in some decent stuff (I don’t hold him responsible for The Happening) and I was like, gosh, I had no idea he was such a douchebag.

TheNatFantastic
8 years ago

I knew that MRAs had some interesting ideas on what constitutes ‘misandry’ (not to mention interesting ideas as to what the word actually means *coughSteelpolecough*), but now women existing is somehow oppressing men?

Diddums.

Wetherby
Wetherby
8 years ago

One of my favorites was Silk Stalkings,

This stuff is almost beyond parody. Didn’t MarkyMark take his blog down for a while because he was worried that a co-worker might find it and realise that he’d been stalking her?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Cops riding around Santa Monica on bicycles? Isn’t that, um, kind of like Baywatch? Only an MRA could consider the lack of busty babes in swimsuits a sign that the show was designed to be more dude friendly.

The idea that there should be no women on TV unless the man watching would like to fuck them is sadly familiar, but still ridiculous.

Guy Noir
Guy Noir
8 years ago

So 1990s USA Network is his golden age of television? I remember some extremely sexist programming from that time, T&A shows, exploitation films, action and violence.

I haven’t watched in years. Has it really changed?

badandfierce
8 years ago

Do you think he wants us to know that he watches sports?

johnnykaje
8 years ago

MRAs! Kill your television! All you need is a bookshelf filled with Star Wars novels!

RubyHypatia
RubyHypatia
8 years ago

Translation: I hate that females characters aren’t as marginalized as they used to be.

Just because there are more shows with prominent female characters, it doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of male-centered shows to choose from:
The Big Bang Theory
Two and a Half Men
Family Guy
etc.

And why can’t Marky enjoy a show centered around a female character? Oh yeah, he’s prejudiced against women.

Ithiliana
8 years ago

Sigourney Weaver–YOWZA!

I’ve seen the ads for this show–I probably won’t watch (we prefer sf or mysteries), but I’m thrilled to see she’s still getting roles in major projects.

And snickering at Poor MM’s hurt fee-fees.

Anyone else pissed at Viacom for pulling their shows (DAILY AND COLBERT!!!!!!!!!!) to to try to get 30% more out of DIRECTV for the same programming (and at the same time “slimming down” their web offerings)?

*DAMN YOU SUMNER REDSTONE**

Wetherby
Wetherby
8 years ago

And why can’t Marky enjoy a show centered around a female character? Oh yeah, he’s prejudiced against women.

Not for the first time, I am left awestruck by the depth and originality of your insight.

opium4themasses
opium4themasses
8 years ago

By these standards Baywatch is a misandric show.

Didn’t USA show a lot of Designing women reruns back in the day?

Ithiliana
8 years ago

Even the Olympics are suffering a matriarchal takeover:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080819064302AA6Z0Sa

RubyHypatia
RubyHypatia
8 years ago

Enjoying your hategasm, Wetherby?

Anyway, it seems to me that Marky likes the Smurfette Principle:

Wetherby
Wetherby
8 years ago

Enjoying your hategasm, Wetherby?

Come again? (As it were)

aworldanonymous
8 years ago

I can’t help but think that guys like this are in denial about some aspect of their personality. I mean I know that it’s a cliche, and I know that armchair psychoanalysis is dangerous. But whenever I see an article by one of these guys, it always seems like they’re expressly going out of their way to affirm their own manhood in the eyes of others. As if telling everyone they like sports, racing, and cop shows is what makes them a man right?

carswell
carswell
8 years ago

They have some old crones starring it, one of whom is Sigourney Weaver. Even when she was younger and more attractive, I couldn’t stand her; she was a bitch back in the day, and she’s a bitch now.

I’m guessing our friend wasn’t a fan of the Alien franchise…

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Also, please note that “is really nice and gosh darn it I just like him/her” is now the primary qualification for a career in acting. This is going to involve eliminating a whole lot of actors from TV, but oh well, wouldn’t want MarkyMark to have to watch someone who he thinks is a bitch, so there you go.

Howard Bannister
8 years ago

You know, I was watching TV the other day… and it’s still a dude’s world.

Yep.

Even shows like Castle, which are really, really special to me, are occasionally a little too ‘exceptional woman needs to be saved by the dude.’ And the show’s premise is ‘fatherless guy who doesn’t perform masculinity works well with female cop who totally does.’

(and Nathan Fillion is adorable… totally adorable…)

Plus, the lady who plays Beckett was literally the only thing worth watching about Frank Miller taking a crap on The Spirit. Literally. (okay, there was the part where Eva takes all her clothes off… I am a guy, after all. But other than that.)

Ugh, the Mentalist! SOOOOOOOO privileged white-guy! Ugh,Psych! (I love Psych too, but the whole privileged-white-guy schtick is central) Ugh, NAME A FREAKING SHOW!!!

Yeah. I WISH TV WAS MATRIARCHAL!! I frickin` wish.

blitzgal
8 years ago

Three of the five characters on that promo are guys. LOL.

Otherwise, most of the USA series have male leads. Psych, White Collar, Monk (no longer running), Burn Notice, Suits, Royal Pains, Common Law. Their “female” shows seem to be Fairly Legal and Covert Affairs.

blitzgal
8 years ago

Just finished watching season 4 of Damages. Two kickass female leads. I recommend it. Better than season 3.

Nanasha
Nanasha
8 years ago

I’ll just be over here rewatching My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and thanking my lucky stars that I don’t have to deal with commercials anymore. That is the only point I will agree with here- mainstream traditional TV drives me up the wall. I like my fully customizable media experience, thank you very much.

blitzgal
8 years ago

Sorry for the string of posts here, but yeah, one of USA network’s two main “female” shows is centered on the premise that the CIA is using a female agent who hasn’t even finished her training as a “honey pot” lure to catch a rogue agent who she just happened to have had an affair with a few years earlier. Yeah, that’s seriously feminist right there. Makes me want to go back and watch Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs again.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

MarkyMark probably thinks that shows about women whose CIA careers are all about being “honey pots” are feminist, because he’s an idiot.

themisanthropicmuse
8 years ago

I’ll believe television is matriarchal when there are more fat chicks in sitcoms that aren’t relegated to self-deprecating roles.

LeftWingFox
LeftWingFox
8 years ago

Yeah, too many women. Taking over. Sure. Say hello to your invisible friend, Mr. Confirmation Bias MarkyMark.

http://www.womensmediacenter.com/pages/the-problem

howardbann1ster
howardbann1ster
8 years ago

@blitzgal

Otherwise, most of the USA series have male leads. Psych, White Collar, Monk (no longer running), Burn Notice, Suits, Royal Pains, Common Law. Their “female” shows seem to be Fairly Legal and Covert Affairs.

That says it all, right there, doesn’t it? As long as there is any one show on TV that doesn’t cater exclusively to the male POV (I don’t say ‘cater exclusively to men,’ because, hey, feminist man here, interested in seeing more quality female-led TV) –ANY ONE SHOW THAT IS NOT PATRIARCHAL IS UNACCEPTABLY MATRIARCHAL.

Any time he is not pandered to 100%, that constitutes an ugly loss.

That’s all we really need to know about these guys, right there in a nutshell.

Stella
Stella
8 years ago

“Either that, or I could start taking trips to Central & South America to meet some nice, hot women down there.”

I honestly don’t understand where people get the idea South American women are “nicer” than the average American/European woman. I’m a Brazilian woman and I’ll be the first to admit that there is a great disparity between the sexes here, more so than in the U.S. where I now live, but Brazilian/South American women are well aware of this, are fighting to change things and are becoming gradually less willing to accept the old patterns of conduct expected of them that used to rival 1950’s America.

If North American/European people believe they will come down to Brazil and get women to fall at their feet they are sorely mistaken.

Foreigners in Brazil have a reputation of making better husbands than Brazilian men because they are supposed to be more “forward”, for instance, thus I’ve seen several cases of less progressive foreigners being blatantly rejected by Brazilians exactly because they seem to be looking for a maid/nurse and not a companion.

[/rant] I’ve been meaning to post this for a very long time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

drst
drst
8 years ago

I’ll believe television is matriarchal when there are more fat chicks in sitcoms that aren’t relegated to self-deprecating roles.

This x 1,000,000.

creativewritingstudent
creativewritingstudent
8 years ago

Wat.

Tulgey Logger
Tulgey Logger
8 years ago

Repetitive misogynist is repetitive.

I wonder if he’s heard of Hulu and Netflix, purveyors of fine quality Internet Entertainment?

aworldanonymous
8 years ago

I would watch the shit out of matriarchal television programming, if it meant more realistic female roles.

Joanna
8 years ago

Cos Two and a Half Men is really all about women. I don’t even know why they put “men” in the title.

creativewritingstudent
creativewritingstudent
8 years ago

If you want media without women in it, ever, just watch gay man porn. Even the most misogynist-oriented shows tend to assume the misogynists want to see sexy women so they can masturbate over them. *bridgepinch*

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Netflix has old movies, and in some of those movies are actresses who, even if they were hot then, are now old, and therefore no longer boner-pleasing. Obviously this is misandry.

Freitag
Freitag
8 years ago

Is there anything that isn’t misandry?

Newbie
Newbie
8 years ago

Mark is blustering & not very intelligent. Considering how paranoid they are about their vile disrespectful secret writings online I am surprised he is still “blogging” at all…because…..his identity is known…

His blog doesn’t even upset me anymore. What a jerk.

carswell
carswell
8 years ago

Is there anything that isn’t misandry?

^This. And the short answer is no.

nwoslave
8 years ago

Not really matriarchal, more like gynocentric. Ya know like how all sitcoms the wife is always better in everyway than buffoonboy dad. Hell, even the 8 year old daughter outwits doofusdad and destroys her brainless brother regularly. Usually the sitcoms have the women and girls slapping the men and boys around as well.

Police/dectective drama’s abound. At besy ya might have one alpha guy at the top, but other than that, the women logic, compassion, courage and honor demolishes the mookmen. It’s quite spectacular watching those ladettes running down 250lb thugs while wearing high heels. After which they toss around the bad man like a rag doll. And always, always, always the criminal is a man and has either raped, beaten, stolen or killed an innocent woman. Man = bad. Woman = good, victim is the only theme in police/detective drama’s.

Movies are just more of the same. The news is nothing but a henhouse of racheal maddow wannabees. They just jibber jabber on with their fake emotion expressions, all of them acting so informed and intelligent. Just slap some pretty girl in a chair and have her yammer and it’s gospel. Don’t expect any respite from the standard fare during adverts. The deification of women is relentless, the goddess movement runs full steam 24/7.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Well, if cats are for ladies and dogs are for manly men, maybe dogs are not misandry?

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

“The news is nothing but a henhouse of racheal maddow wannabees.”

I’m curious about this filter that Slavey is running on his TV that makes all the male newscasters appear female to him.

Naira
Naira
8 years ago

@Stella:

“If North American/European people believe they will come down to Brazil and get women to fall at their feet they are sorely mistaken.”

Isn’t it amazing how much sexist/misogynistic tendencies can spill over into other -isms?

Your post is exactly why I have to laugh at the whole “find a ‘proper’ woman outside the US” strategy. If they’d actually acknowledge women as individuals, it’d be a lot harder to defend the ideal that women in other countries are “better” (here meaning “easier to manipulate”).

But if half the world’s population is all the same, then you’re quickly reduced to trite nationalist, racist, and cultural stereotypes.

speedlines
speedlines
8 years ago

It’s quite spectacular watching those ladettes running down 250lb thugs while wearing high heels. After which they toss around the bad man like a rag doll.

Try not to get too hot and bothered there.

blitzgal
8 years ago

NWO admits that most cop shows are lead by men, but the mere existence of female characters makes them “gynocentric.” Okay.

And we’ve already covered your bullshit sitcom “misandry” talking point on previous threads. Over and over again. Not our problem if you refuse to see the truth.

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