Cut the Canadian Women’s Hockey team some slack.
They won the gold medal at the Olympics and so they partied on the ice, where they drank beer and smoked Cuban cigars.
OK, so a gal who drinks beer and smokes cigars isn’t every guy’s ideal woman.
Why is it when women do things out of the ordinary (not considered traditionally feminine) some people go berserko grande?
And that’s just the men.
Grrrls just want to have fun.
Today’s woman is something else.
They’re much more interesting —- not always more attractive in a girly sort of way. But nevertheless always exciting and unpredictable.
Which leads us to Cuss-Free Week, California’s idea for cleaning up the environment —- at least language-wise.
Here at the job site we’re thinking of making people who cuss to pay up.
Every time someone is heard cussing in the newsroom, they’re going to have to drop a quarter into a jar.
Although none of us at work are above suspicion when it comes to dropping an occasional F-bomb, there is little doubt that after a week, the women in the newsroom are going to be contributing the most money.
Especially women under the age of 30. Make that 25 years of age or younger.
It’s not only at work, but in public —- more and more women can be heard cussing like drunken sailors.
And most of them are young. Call it a generational thing, but it’s here to stay. And they don’t care who hears them.
Maybe it’s the cell-phone that’s to blame.
You could be anywhere in public and women are cussing out loud about this or that. OK, it always has to do with a man because we’re making our women angry sincee we’re doing our guy stuff and we guys are always messing up somehow.
Yes, we can definitely blame liberal Hollywood for the new toidy-mouth babe.
Almost every movie made — comedies and dramas —- features a female character who uses swear words like punctuation.
Lael it Hollywood’s most recent contribution to female empowerment.
Women get to call men A-holes —- and even worse (not hard to figure what word that would be) and men of course take it. If men in movies call women a bitch (the only word men are allowed to call women in movies that’s derogatory) the men usually end up dead or in prison where they become some big dude named Bubba’s bitch.
This standard practice in all movies (even in the PG-rated movies — and on cable TV series) of women with foul-mouths is wearing thin. Not because women shouldn’t be excluded from swearing, but because —- like everything else —- Hollywood overdoes it.
Hollywood and Madison Avenue seem to believe that heterosexual women have to be depicted as male-bashers who are always mistreated by men and end up exacting their revenge.
If Hollywood is trying to discredit all the old cliches about women, why not start with “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
Maybe not. That’s always a good starting point when a plot line needs conflict.
The vulgarity aspect isn’t usually necessary. Any writer worth his salt knows resorting to swearing equals lazy writing.
Example of clever writing: Way back in the prehistoric age of movies — 1958 —- there was a movie called “Bell, Book and Candle” in which Jimmy Stewart falls for witch Kim Novak. Jimmy has to finally tell the other woman he’s supposed to marry that Kim is a witch. The other woman replies, “She’s not a witch. You just never learned how to spell.”
Ahh, nothing like the Stone Age, right?
You bet Jurassic.
So, are women becoming too much like men? Check that —- are women becoming too much like men used to be?
In some cases, probably. Heck, women even call each other “dude.” It’s clearly more a case of men embracing qualities usually associated with women.
When you see how men are portrayed in many movies, you’d think they’ve made sensitivity their vocation.
Men have to go to sex rehabs when they act too much like the Neanderthals we were just 30 years ago.
Anything associated with machismo is ridiculed on TV. Example: Liberal news organizations love to remark that George W. Bush’s “cowboy displomacy” is finally over.
Go figure, W. was Macho’s Last Stand.
Welcome to the feminizing of America —- it’s not really new because it’s been in play for more than 30 years now —- starting with glam rock in the 1970s and culminating with metrosexuals and “bromances.”
Now it’s finally the norm.
Women can be strong but still feminine. Men can still be men but only if they feel free to embrace their feminine side.
Don’t use the words broad or babe for women —- but hunk and stud are acceptable —- encouraged even —- when those fizzy entertainment shows take to the airwaves.
Listen to any TV commercial geared toward women (which is about 95% of TV ads) —- the words powerful, in charge and control will most always be spoken.
In many commercials, men are rendered helpless and have to have their wives — or kids —- do the thinking for them or get them out of trouble.
Lucille Ball re-incarnated as Ricky Ricardo.
Cue the tired old cliche (continuously brought up by Madison Avenue in TV commercials) that women don’t want to be like they were in the 1950s — like on TV sitcoms ala June Cleaver of “Leave it ti Beaver.”
Amen to that.
But men don’t wantwomen to be Ralph Kramden either.
Many will say not yet anyway.
They just won’t swear by it.