Imagine a table with four woman seated around it, a cheesecake in the center. The woman talk about sex a lot. They tease each other a bit. They share there feelings and emotions. I think they called it “The Golden Girls”.
Imagine a New York City restaurant- just trendy enough to be crowded but always has a table for four at the ready for a group of chic women. They sit around their morning cosmo equivalent and talk about sex a lot. They tease each other a bit. They share feelings and emotions. I think it was called “Sex and the City”.
Imagine a table with four men seated around it, a bowl of pretzels and a pitcher of beer in the middle. They sit around it and talk about sex a lot. They tease each other a bit. They share feelings and emotions. I think it was called….. help me remember- what was the title of the TV show about four male friends and how they relate to one another?
Has there ever been a TV show about men and their friendship that was based on feelings and emotions and not sports and war or crime or police?
Admitedly, ABC really tried to have this show. Last year they debuted “A Million Little Things.” spoiler alert- I’m about to divulge plot details The basic premise of the show was that there are four guys who met when they were stuck in an elevator. While waiting for help, they realized that they all shared a love of the Boston Bruins, and after they were saved from the elevator, they got season tickets together and became close friends. The pilot episode shows one of the four men commit suicide, while the another contemplates it. After that they vow to be more open to sharing their feelings with one another.
Fine. A prime time, major network show that features men talking about feelings.
Except that after the first few episodes, the show started adding the female characters into any situation revolving around emotion or feelings, as if men are not allowed to be vulnerable to one another, they are only vulnerable with women around.
Can you think of any television show that depicts men revealing emotions and feelings, without being aided by women?
Would you be willing to watch a show about four men sitting around a table and discussing their emotions?
Is the media directing the way they want men to act? Are they setting the standards for male behavior patterns?
Is the media just responding to what audiences want to see? Are shows about men and emotions not being produced because no one is interested in seeing men explore their feelings?
For today’s assignment, I want you to explore how television and movies portray men, and male friendship. What do you think the message is?
It’s now 2020- are male characters really that different from how they were ten, twenty or thirty years ago?