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Are Men To Be Laughed At

I think we should have a patriarcal society where men are honored and respected. Todays television portrays them as oafs to be laughed at. What do you think?

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The Bible tells us that every human being is to be given proper respect because we all bare the image of God. Ofcourse, I believe this.However, I also maintain. We should be more concern in putting God back up on His pedestal and people should come way down off theirs.
---catherine on 6/15/07

The bible tells that men and woman should respect each other. That is clear. And that we should love one another. But there are general requirements that need to be met that are gender specific that men and woman require to be loved. Men tend to need a more respectful love and woman tend to need a more cherishing love.
---Marty on 6/15/07

That's great that you think this way. Your marraige must be a good one. But, I must ask. Does your husband respect you in the same manner as you do him? If so, that is good. Now, let me ask this. If a husband ridicules, hates, belittles, cusses, and makes the wife feel like she is lost and confused, should she still respect him even if he doesn't her? If he is a total hater and abusive, can she?
---Angie on 6/15/07

I repeat what I said earlier in this blog.
Women have always played the 'airheads' on TV and even in 'real life.'
"Oh Lucy, you have some 'splaining to do!"
---NVBarbara on 6/15/07

Men are never to be laughed at or disrespected. To be honest, women, what would we do without them? Men play a very valuable role in the scheme of society. Some have lost their way and their place in the homes and elswhere, but are still very much needed today.Women have forgotten their roles also. I love and respect my spouse and thank God for him everyday.
---Robyn on 6/14/07

I think they should be respected.Treat them like you would want them to treat us women. with respect.
---Candice on 6/14/07

Parental research is showing that males predominantly require 2 elements. 1 respect (this is evident through out life) and 2 a plan (research backs this theory as well). Females tend to be more relational. Do men need to be respected? I would answer yes, a society where men are not respected will hurt. One that allocates it arbitrarily will hurt more though. Remember "love Christ as he loved the Church."
---Marty on 6/14/07

Pharouh wanted the male children killed at birth. When Chist was born the males were killed to try to get him. Satan seems to love belittling and killing men. The prophet even wrote "the people among you are women." Even Deborah (?) I think said the victory would be of no honour because the enemy would be given into the hand of a woman. Not to be sexist, but the devil wants to belittle and destroy that which should represent the head, husband and type and shadow of Christ.
---Frank on 6/13/07

You are correct in some cases men are portrayed badly in telivision. eg) The Simpsons and others. I do not allow my son to watch and grow up on such shows. I think in some cases women as well are portrayed badly in some shows. As Christians we need to take stand and refuse to let such garbage into our homes and minds. We need to teach our young men and women who God has created us to be and to treat everyone with respect.
---Marla on 6/13/07

Hello, I'm new. I'm replying to steve.I used to be real nice,passive,until I got married. He was so abusive that by the time I left,my understanding of scriptures was twisted and I hated men. I'm still getting healing today and I'm in couseling.I'm afraid to DATE. sorry if someone hurt you,but I feel I have to ask you to lighten up on women- please don't hinder my walk with God with your views,okay?
---Glenda on 9/17/05

, a great solution to many of the problems women complain about regarding men: if you don't like him, leave him and find someone better.
---steve on 8/8/05

, respect is like God's mercy, if it has to be earned, nobody will get it. many women are mistreated by men who are waiting for their women to "earn" respect.
---steve on 8/8/05

The book of Esther tells about queen Vashti. She would not do what the king, her husband told her.
According to these verses we should honour
The Lord Proverbs 3:9
before honour is humility Proverbs 15:33
father and mother Matthew 15:4 19:19 Ephesians 6:2
the Son and the Father John 5:23
one another Romans 12:10
widows 1Tomothy 5:30
elders 1Timothy 5:17
all mem 1Peter 2:17
wives 1Peter 3:7
---Ulrika on 8/7/05

We don't have to stoop to the world's level, but can live above it "For we are his workmanship." (Eph 2:10)

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.
Beloved, let us love one another:" (1 John 4:4-6a,7a)
---Jeffrey on 8/7/05

When Christ comes back we'll have a perfect society. Meanwhile, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse." (2 Tim 3:13)
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom 12:21)

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us." (Eph 5:1-2a)
---Jeffrey on 8/7/05

I agree men are shown to be not too bright and letting the womem get what ever they want, especially in commercials. The men who play those parts are doing it for the money, and don't seem to care what it makes them look like.
What is sad is the children who watch TV may develop opinnions about men from it.
---Ulrika on 8/7/05

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Steve I wish you could spend 24 hours in a woman's body with a man who is bigger and stronger than you. A man who demands sex when he's ready and you are not but when it's the other way round it's just 'tough'. He can spend money when and on what he chooses but you have to ask him for every penny and he'll check that you've spent it on what you said. If you talk on the 'phone he demands to know who's on the other end & has to approve your friends AND he says YOU must respect HIM. Ha!!
---Paulette on 8/7/05

Amen, Darlene! Very good point. Respect has to be earned. Here are a few verses that back this up -

1 Thessalonians 4:12 - "... THAT your daily life may win the respect ..."

Titus 2:2 - "TEACH the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect ..."

Titus 2:15 - "... CONDUCT yourself and your teaching so as to command respect."

Proverbs 11:16 - "A kindhearted woman gains respect"
---DoryLory on 8/7/05

Respect for people on this earth isn't given,it's earned.We learn to respect people because of what they do,not who they are, or their gender.Any person,male or female, who behaves like a decent human beings is worthy of respect.This too is what we sow is what we reap.Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,still holds true.
---Darlene_1 on 8/7/05

, perhaps if we all moved beyond the "us versus them" mentality, we could see how much damage we do to society when we allow men to be laughed at and villified so much.
---steve on 7/29/05

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, i respect women, but i differ from most in that i also think men should get respect as well. we are not to blame for everything.
---steve on 7/25/05

, adam and eve both sinned and both tried to dodge blame. david and bathsheba both suffered for their sin. she lost her noble husband, and david's son had to lose his life. so the blame isn't always on men, okay?
---steve on 7/25/05

Respectfully Steve,
Adam blamed Eve for eating of the forbidden fruit in the Garden, But David was a Man concerning his sin, he admitts by stating that he had sinned instead of blaming the woman. He could have said that she provoked him by bathing infront of his veiw but he was a man and accepted that he sinned. Now what a better world this would be if we all took this veiwpoint and looked at what we have done and leave God to deal with others.
---Carla on 7/23/05

Steve: Once again, you blame the women in our world for man's problems. Who is supposed to lead the women into a right relationship with God? The husband. So, who do you blame for wife abuse? The wife. Go figure. You have a very twisted view on things.

I am all for family values. Do something about the divorce rate in the Church. 50% of Christian marriages end in divorce. It sounds like you are blaming women for that too. Is it at all possible that you, a man, could be wrong on this one?
---Madison on 7/23/05

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Steve, you are right about tv shows having men to look stupid, but that's just one avenue of evil..
---wayne on 7/23/05

, with the way things are today, we desperately need a return to family values to stem the tide of radical feminism. if we don't return to biblical values, children will suffer from broken families.
---steve on 7/23/05

Dear Steve, We don't have to restructure society and create a patriarcal culture, as you suggested. How about just celebrating and respecting each other for who we are in God's eyes? After all He created both genders for a purpose! Can we improve on that?
---Elsie on 7/19/05

Thanks for confirming you do not think Islam has the answer, Steve, but your subsequent post seems vaguely reminiscent of the recent news item about a bride in Pakistan, who was raped by her father-in-law, and because of that was told by the imams that she was now unclean and to leave her husband. On the other hand, you are not the only one here who blames the wife if the husband commits adultery or beats her, so maybe I am wrong in thinking it is not always the woman who is to blame.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/19/05

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'we all know that men deserve respect, because those who have no respect for men will also never respect God,- 6/20/05 .. if women were being the kind of Godly women they were supposed to be, there would not be any bad men around to get the blame' etc- 7/18/05 So it is all the fault of women is it Steve? Many women have given up ALL for their men only to be deserted by those men. You think that by not respecting those men the women do not respect God do you? What strange logic you use.
---Margaret_2 on 7/19/05

Alan thank you.Steve men didn't become abusers because of feminism,feminism grew out of men being abusers.It is obvious you haven't seen the heartache in women who were let down by those men the way I have.If a man's so weak he can be manipulated by a woman to make him mean/shiftless, he's not worth having. The Bible say a man who doesn't provide for his own is worse than an infidel.Feminism started from desperation of hurting women seeking social and political equality but was misfocused by some.
---Darlene_1 on 7/18/05

Steve it sounds like you are categorizing women as the downfall of society. Please remember that there are those of us who truly desire to be the women God intended us to be. Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a "helper" suitable for him."
My prayer is that I may always be a "Helper" to my husband...
---patra on 7/18/05

steve, I think you've been letting some 'past hurts' cloud your judgments; I've experienced plenty, so don't complain! First day at college in CA (came from IL), two women were coming in behind me, so held the door and got yelled at loudly: "Look at this male chauvinist pig here! Get lost pig!" I was sexually harrassed at one job by many women! But who really runs Hollyweird?! MEN steve!!! Be angry with the sinful MEN who promote men as fools BECAUSE it "sells" and makes them money!
---danie9374 on 7/18/05

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, if women were being the kind of Godly women they were supposed to be, there would not be any bad men around to get the blame for the messes society has.
---steve on 7/18/05

, i want to add, for the record, that to carry any spirit of unforgiveness is a sin, and can keep you out of heaven (matthew 18) so ladies, lets not allow past hurts to blind us.
---steve on 7/18/05

, darlene, what you have described are the results of feminism, which is very similar to the playboy philosophy of "doing whatever you want". feminism teaches men to be irresponsible. and alan, islam is NOT the answer.
---steve on 7/18/05

Darlene 1 ... well spoken!!
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/18/05

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What is to be laughed at is those of the male gender who call themselves men,but never follow the Bible's instructions on what a man should be.Especially husbands who don't love their wives as Christ loves the Church. Ones who won't work,abuse wives and/or children,refuse Christ as savior,and prefer to put everything on the woman to do,but put them down.Not men but blots on the humanrace who deserve no respect.They are a sick joke who provoke laughter out of pain and distain.
---Darlene_1 on 7/17/05

Few women complain while seeds to 'make' babies are planted. Unfortunately, some care for children alone. Men have feelings, not easy seeing resources meant for his offspring used elswhere while he hurts. Either way, children suffer most. "When elephants fight, grass gets trampled"! "..male and female created He them...", Gen.1:26-28, I Cor.11:8-12. I always agree with God [Acts 5:25-29]! I imagine growing pains can hurt more than birth pains at times. God's Best & Maranatha!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 7/17/05

Steve, I agree with your observation(s), I watch little tv, this being one reason. A rule of thumb politically. Another tactic to weaken what God ordained to be, with exceptions. Women when right, are warriors for what's right, real helpmates [or leaders at times] to be admired & respected. Some men out of position at times too. Extremes, Extremes! Hos.4:6. A normal body has one head & many functions. If we can rightly divide The Word(s) Of Truth, we can WRONGLY divide the same! God Bless & Maranatha!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 7/17/05

Yes, Steve, this garbage of feminism needs to be eradicated. Perhaps Islam is right?
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/17/05

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It is interesting that a man would deny that we live in a patriarchal society. When women earn what men earn, and are raised to pursue any career they choose by parents who are so enlightened, then I will believe we are not in a patriarchal society. Unfortunately, there are still parents who raise their daughters to do minimum wage work till they get married and make babies. I am not against marriage and kids, but they are not for all women, and all women should be able to support themselves if needed.
---Madison on 7/16/05

, when we talk about Jesus, lets remember that the gospels tell of what he said to the times he lived in. if he saw the garbage that we now live in, you know he would condemn it; feminism, porn, greed, cruelty, irreverence, etc.
---steve on 7/16/05

, we do NOT have a patriarchal society. if anything, our society is iconoclastic, making all men out to be something to tear down. the irony is that this ends up hurting women with; high divorce rates, absent fathers, etc.
---steve on 7/16/05

Steve: Jesus was not a chauvenist. He would tell men who think they deserve respect that respect has to be earned. Respect is not a right that one is entitled to. It is the product of behavior that is observed. I can't walk into a classroom of teenagers and demand respect. They would laugh me out of the room. I must earn that respect.

As I said in my previous posts. We already have had a patriarchal society, and I think it stinks.
---Madison on 7/15/05

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Steve ... you question deserves a reply.
No,I do not think He would be regarded as a male chauvinist. Are you?
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/15/05

, i have an interesting question for you all: what if Jesus were here today in person for the first time? would we accept him, or reject him as a male chauvanist? before you answer, look at how we treat decent men today.
---steve on 7/12/05

, if anyone can watch television and not see the endless contempt for men, from tim the foolman taylor, to homer simpson, pleeeezz. you can't deny such a bias unless you are part of that bias.
---steve on 7/12/05

, archie bunker was portrayed as the ignorant bigot, edith was noble. ralph cramden was needing his wife to babysit him. gracie allen was deeply loved by george burns long after she was gone.
---steve on 7/12/05

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CURT/Steve, what rock have you been hiding under? "We all know NO women have EVER made fun of on TV in the last 'half century??"
Did you have a TV 50 years ago?
Ever heard of Ethel and Lucy? Archie Bunker's wife, and daughter? Ralph Cramdon's wife? Gracie Allen? I could go on.. Women made to look stupid and ignorant in recent TV! Women have up until recently been the butt of most jokes on TV!
Crawl back under that rock until reality sets in PLEASE!
---NVBarbara on 7/11/05

You cannot live in UK Steve. Our TV laughs at women as much as it does at men.
But seriously to answer the question, there is a lot to laugh at in men. You should try to get some self confidence, then you would be able to laugh at yourself.
Can your wife not make you laugh at yourself ... do you laugh at each other?
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/11/05

, donna, the lack of response to your blog makes me think you are exactly right.
---steve on 7/11/05

yes, i agree that men are laughed at by women who seem to demand respect without wanting to give any respect.
---donna on 7/2/05

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Steve ... Everyone should be respected. If anyone wants extra respect leading to extra power over other people, that has to be earned.
You seem to think that men deserve power over women without earning it, and your attitude indicates you want that extra power when you do not have the wisdom to exercise it properly.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/1/05

you are correct steve. just like women should support men, according to society. aka(the world)but hang with the real Man! and know He's there, advice for me self as well :-) <><
---monique on 6/30/05

Men are to be respected and honored yes , but men are also to look after their children and wives , lead them , not boss them , protect and care and meet every need for them not use them. the reason men are losing respect is because instead of behaving in a way worthy of respect they are demanding that women respect them. Men refused to stand up and lead and say that what has been happening to women is wrong , so women had to do it for themselves
---Becky on 6/30/05

, i really believe that failure to discipline children causes them to grow up angry and selfish, demanding respect without giving any.
---steve on 6/30/05

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, men need to prove themselves worthy of your respect? why? respect is what people are entitled to regardless of how you see them. people who don't respect others are usually not interested in earning any of the respect they demand for themselves.
---steve on 6/30/05

Our society is already patriarchal, and I for one, have been working actively to change that. Until ALL women and children have a roof over their heads, and do not have to live on the streets of the US, or in homeless shelters, the men in this country will have to prove to me that they deserve my respect.
---Madison on 6/28/05

I think that men who are following God as best as possible will be respected as they should be, but just the same women should be respected as well, I think that the disrespect of both genders comes from our lack of being what God intended us to be,and in many cases trying to be what he never intended us to be, both man and woman have a respectable, important, yet different place in life. If we submit to God as we should our relationships and respect will be what it should. Ephisians 5:21-31
---Janet4839 on 6/25/05

, NVbarbara, as we all know, there have not been any cases of women being made fun of on television, at least not in the last half century. however, men are almost always the ones laughed at.
---steve on 6/24/05

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I think this is backwards. It seems to me that women are the ones portrayed as stupid and useless, unless she is wanted by a man to wash his clothes, keep the house clean, cook, raise the children etc. Women are a 'convenience'to many men. Maids and sex objects. When do women get honored? The most hostile man I've ever seen is one who found out that I made the SAME amount of money he did, performing the SAME corporate job!He thought I shouldn't because I was a female!
---NVBarbara on 6/23/05

'we really need to go back to the days when men ruled the house. this is what builds a strong society. ---steve on 6/18/05'
Wern't those the days when small children were pushed up chimneys and sent down mines and women were just slaves or sexual play things for men. Are those the things that you say formed a strong society Steve? Strong for whom?
---F.F. on 6/23/05

It wasn't until the women's lib movement that men were put down. Now it's spread to both sexes. What about respecting and loving each other for who we are? Wouldn't that please our God who created us in His spiritual image. To elevate one sex above the other is wrong. We're just different. God has blessed each one with unique gifts to be used to His glory! Please, before this old granny dies, let's do what the Bible says - balance (temperance) in all things! Don't expect the world to understand!
---Elsie on 6/21/05

I agree with you Steve. Men are targeted for ridicule in this "culture",esp.white men. When a society devalues the male position, there begins a mudslide toward extinction. (America isn't far).Yes, there are men who do not act responsibly but not ALL men are Homer Simpson, just like all women aren't Jessica Simpson! America's value system is so polluted that one can argue a point with politically correct attitudes and not even realize they are enemies of the God they claim to love.
---phila4543 on 6/21/05

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Steve, men, as well as anyone else must earn respect, it is not automatic. Some people, men and women don't deserve respect depending on the life they lead.
---Kathay on 6/21/05

Good one, Margaret ! You got it in one !We did have aunty Jenny and aunty Ruth as well so we men were sorely tried in those days. But it is al tongue-in-cheek stuff of course. "Me and mum" always work things out to our mutual satisfaction which means she always wins....
---con on 6/21/05

Steve, not only men but also women, children, elderly people, bosses or authority figures, etc. deserve respect. I had hard time understanding why only men deserve respect. If we all focus on our responsibilities and prove by our lifestyles, we can easily earn respect without fighting for it or claiming that "WE DESERVE RESPECT."
---Seble on 6/21/05

Oh dear, con! you must be a kiwi. You cannot be refering to Aunty Helen and Aunty Catherine.
I am not too sure what most men mean by their insistence on the word "obey". I am married to a lovely gentle man, and while we make decisions together, if I am not sure in my decision, I accept the word of my husband as long as he is in accordance with scripture.
A Partriarcal or Matriarcal society can only lead to a dictatorship of sorts.
---Margaret on 6/20/05

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, we all know that men deserve respect, because those who have no respect for men will also never respect God, and yet such people think men should respect them. why?
---steve on 6/20/05

I live in a partriarchal society where men have all the privileges and women are second citizens. Are socieites problems solved? Not at all. Hence, I believe that we need to focus on our responsibilities in being like Christ instead of relying on systems that can restore godliness. If we want respect, let's respect others and be models of integrity. Establishing patriarchal society may not be the answer to restore men's leadership position. In fact, it could be a license to dominate others. seble5457
---Seble on 6/20/05

TY Alan, your remarks are appreciated by this woman.
All your married years taught you a lot, thank you for sharing your wisdom.
---NVBarbara on 6/20/05

Yes, in some cases men do need to be laughed at. Many tv shows are a reflection of men in real life, YES even Homer Simpson. Some men I have dated have been so ignorant as to watch every woman that passes by, when he's there with me! NOT ALL, but some men can act pretty dense.
---Shelby on 6/19/05

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You earn respect. No matter what people see on TV, your actions determine how people treat you. That includes your own kids. Respect isn't automatic and it shouldn't be.
---Eg on 6/19/05

Steve ... don't you think that women also deserve to be honoured and respected?

I know from your previous contributions that you expect women to obey .. but men do have to earn the right to be obeyed, and to learn real fast what areas (and there are many) where the woman has the best instincts, abilities judgments & skills to make the decisions.

There are too many men who think that they have to obeyed just so life can revolve round their wants
---Alan_of_U.K. on 6/19/05

I really think its fairly equal Steve, and both bad. Weak men, dumb blondes, ignorant men, women who complain all the time. Women models set up as 'role models' who go off stage and gag to keep their weight down. Men who let women raise the children, absent fathers. Men who drool over these'plastic women.'Unfortunately it has become a big part of our society, not just TV.
---NVBarbara on 6/19/05

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