War On Men

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I’m tired of hearing about this war against women; as far as I’m concerned, there’s been a war against men in this country for years and no one ever talks about it. And it has been waged by women.
We hear all this blah, blah, blah everyday that women in this country are being discriminated against.
Give me a break!
Women have never had it so good; all at the expense of men.
It seems men have caved into women on everything, even when we shouldn’t have.
Take beer for example.
I never knew any women who actually liked beer; it was a man’s domain. We men learned to like it when we were younger. Our fathers and uncles introduced it to us as a rite of passage. We didn’t like the taste of it at first, but we knew that we had to endure it. It was a part of becoming a man.
Women were busy with their green crème de menthes and their chardonnays, but we men held our ground and imbibed on beer after beer.
Then women wanted in on the action. We didn’t want to taste their green crème de menthe, we were happy to leave them to their own. But then women’s lib came along and suddenly they were screaming foul.
“How come there is no beer for women?!” They screamed.
So, the beer companies caved in before any lawsuits developed and soon the market was flooded with low-calorie beers. But we men stood idly by, afraid to speak up lest we be considered heartless.
But it didn’t stop there. Suddenly, low calorie wasn’t good enough; now they wanted beer that was not only less filling but tasted great, something to make up for the sweetness they were missing from their green crème de menthes. So companies started making flavored beer. FLAVORED BEER!!
We men were horrified but we once again sat idly by and watched as our rite of passage beverage soon got lost on the shelves amidst a sea of beers that would have made our grandfathers turn in their graves.
Too many of us men have meekly embraced these tasteless light beers and strawberry ales, just to keep the peace. Some of us have even, without admitting it, enjoyed them.
Women won this battle and it only encourages them to go even further.
Women also complain about the rights to control their own bodies. They certainly don’t feel the same way when it comes to men. We are shunned when we sprout large beer bellies or forget to shave for a couple of days. A guy can’t even walk around with a bad comb over without some woman talking about him behind his back. I won’t even get into ear hairs.
These are our bodies and we believe it is up to us to make decisions regarding them. Still, wives, girlfriends and mothers insist on having the final say and they usually get their way.
We aren’t even safe when it comes to the clothes we put on our own bodies. No matter what she wears we always say she “looks nice” (well, she usually does). But when we head out for a Friday night wearing that old college sweatshirt and work jeans, do we ever get a “looks nice?”
Just another battle they have come out on top of in this one-sided war.
I won’t even get into this new sensitivity training where women are always telling us men “it’s okay to cry.” This just makes me sad.
Over the years women have realized more and more their power over us men and they often go out of their way to make it obvious.
Who can forget the famous ad for that deodorant that claimed “Strong enough for a man but made for a woman.”
What a taunt!
We men should have taken to the streets and protested that men should be able to have the same. But we knew that it would be useless, that there never would be a deodorant strong enough for a woman but made for a man.
So, I’m not buying this whole war on women thing; I think they’ve got it pretty good.
So, I’m just going to sit back, pop the top on my high calorie beer, pull up my T-shirt and scratch my beer belly. Don’t look for any tears from me.

Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at
brendan@weirs.com. You can visit his website at www.BrendanTSmith.com