Monday, February 21, 2011

Male Bashing

Male bashing is on the rise, especially on television. My husband is the first person who brought it to my attention. He expressed indignation at some of the commercials on television and the way they portrayed men. Then, someone mentioned it on Facebook with the idea of how the supposedly funny commercials would affect the self esteem of young boys as they grew into manhood. Do we want them to think the world looks at them as a laughing stock?

No! What has caused the rise of said commercials? Possibly the increase of women in the workplace as they travel up the career ladder and gain equal footing with men. This is good. I'm proud of and for women. I'm one myself. The status was hard earned and well deserved. But, does their success lessen the role men play in the workplace, home, and the world?

Of course not. Women wanted equality and got it. Some women no longer want to be treated like women, don't believe men should open doors for them, etc. Personally, I like being able to provide for myself if necessary, but enjoy the perks of being a woman. And by golly, when a man opens the door for me, I say, "Thank you."

I don't want our young boys to see men portrayed on television and elsewhere as boobs. I want them to see strong men who're not afraid to change a baby's diaper but still able to defend the world if necessary, and strike romance in their love's heart. The type of men we romance authors want our heroes to be.  

I think the majority of women today want to be on equal status with men, be partners in a relationship, each contributing with their strengths and their spouse/partner supporting their weaknesses. It'd be nice to see commercials depicting this view.

Of course, this is my opinion and you may feel differently. I'd love to hear your thoughts, and please, share some examples of those commercials guilty of male bashing.

Thanks for reading and writing!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winner of A Way Back Contest

Just a few minutes ago my husband drew a name from the entries. The winner of this beautiful rhinestone airplane pin, similar to the one worn by the heroine in A Way Back, is Kat Hall. Congratulations, Kat. Send me your snail mail address at and I'll put your pin in the mail.

Thanks to all who entered. If you've not picked up a copy of A Way Back, they are available at Champagne Books, Omnilit, and Amazon.