The power to be able to craft and communicate a message to consumers, formerly known as citizens, is the power of the Great Game.
One reason we should be concerned is quite simple, women dominate the global marketplace. That’s old beer. Women are variously alleged to control 65% of global spending and 80% of spending in America. Eighty percent. If women represent a minority in the workforce, as well as a minority in high paying board rooms – where are they getting all the money from? But lets not get off topic…
The inexorable logic of capitalism dictates that this ‘power gap´ will have consequences; the entertainment and marketing complex will necessarily skew feminine, framing issues of identity (how to look, speak, feel) from a woman’s perspective. The Center[sic] For Media Literacy (CFML), acknowledges that entertainment is socially useful for millions of people. The CFML seemingly endorses the statement that, “All television is educational.” Which I’d agree with. Thus, if women are controlling the spending of 80% of the economy, they’ll continue to be targeted by advertisers who require agreeable programming which fits with the feminine narrative and its view of the world. The system will weed out any narrative that doesn’t conform to the product that advertisers want to buy. Unless men organize themselves better, the ‘education’ will continue to be self-reinforcing feminine fantasy.
A sketch by the comedian Bill Burr asks the question: how can it be that there is no reason to ever hit a woman? A man of course SHOULD never hit a woman. That is clear, he says, and anyone who does should go to jail. But why do we need to make such absolutist claims? Are there really no possible precipitating events that might give someone a reason? Not a justification, but a reason? Burr is a comedian, so he deliberately picks an uncomfortable ledge to balance on, but his underlying point is clear: why are men in particular forbidden to feel or think or be in certain ways? Society recognizes instigation and taunting as provocations to encourage anger. It is penalized in sports, both the NHL and NFL hand out penalties for taunting, and instigation. There’s a reason.
Through constant social reinforcement, men are told to be quiet and strong. Then they are blamed for not communicating a description of the masculine experience, and as a result, men have had the male experience defined for them, by the only equality possible, the only valid viewpoint – the feminine one. Alternatively, if men do explain masculinity it’s dismissed as unacceptable, which is a denial of its validity.
It is not the responsibility of the government to create awareness campaigns, it’s up to citizens. Perhaps men’s issue/rights organizations need a team goal? A team challenge? Women are not about to organize men’s groups, or look after men’s health. So men are going to have to communicate louder, clearer, and more often if they want to make positive change.