A Conversation for Domestic Rubber Gloves
Martin Harper Started conversation Sep 18, 2000
Surely men are more likely to know what a U-bend is, given that plumbing is generally seen as a male occupation? Heck, if you've got to be sexist, might as well get it right...
Wand'rin star Posted Sep 19, 2000
Sho - employed again! Posted Sep 25, 2000
Thanks. Just what I would have said. Every time I mention the fact to a man that a U-bend doesn't clean itself, I just get that glazed expression in answer.....
Perhaps, all you inventive men out there, you could invent a self-cleaning u-bend? (I notice that in the Mr. Muscle ads it is a man with sink plunger in hand, and not a woman... which is a bit odd to look at, but I suppose the ad agency didn't want to be accused of using sexual stereotyping)
Martin Harper Posted Sep 25, 2000
Have you considered that the blank expression is just an automatic anti-nag response? In any case, I guess we'll have to agree that our experiences are different...
Aside: On the contrary - the Mr. Muscle ad is stereotyping heavily - it's saying that Mr. Muscle is *so* easy to use that even a man can use it... like the Flash wipe adverts ("Let's see that again in slow-motion")... Or maybe I'm just randomly taking offence...
Sho - employed again! Posted Sep 26, 2000
I have to say that my other half does more than his share of the cleaning. (But not the loo) And I do more than my fair share of the breadwinning. So we're pretty much evens there.
As to modern ads: I don't know what makes me more angry. Women/girls doing stereotypical things (washing, shopping etc) or the men doing them whilst the women are off bungy jumping and being superexecutives. If you look closely these days, most nappy ads have the dads doing the work. Likewise cooking, shopping and cleaning........ I'm oversensitive I know.
Wand'rin star Posted Sep 26, 2000
I'm old enough to remember _real_ stereotyping in soap ads, but if I were a man, I think I'd be a bit offended by always being portrayed as a useless wimp.
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