An interesting development has come to my attention regarding a new television programme fronted by Peter Andre entitled ‘The Bad Boyfriend Club’. It may seem a trivial thing to some people as it is presented as a lighthearted show but if you probe deeper into the message it portrays it is most disturbing to men.
As I understand the premise is that Peter Andre takes men that have been identified as bad boyfriends by their female partners and changes them, supposedly for the better, so they
return as new men ready to cater to their girlfriends every whim and command.
I find the underlying message this sends out to the audience deeply worrying as the basic implication
is that all boyfriends (or indeed men in any relationship regardless of if they’re engaged, married etc..) are useless until they are trained in how to behave by women. It is also interesting to note that the methods used to modify the men's behaviour are mostly painful and humiliating (such as waxing).
Yet again no chance is wasted by the modern female dominated media to subject men to unacceptable behaviour they are not comfortable with but are forced to endure. It also implies that men should not have their own independent mind and should instead live their life on standby ready for them to be given a command or job to complete, entirely at the woman’s discretion.
I think that the programme also has an equally powerful message for any women who watch in that it informs them they are a superior gender to men (otherwise why would men need teaching how to behave and why would they be the ones to do it?). It also reinforces the prevalent negative image of men in modern society that we are stupid, knuckle dragging Neanderthals who are nothing without a woman to improve us.
If you add all this together then it is a toxic cocktail of a programme that very cleverly and subtly
continues the war on men. If anyone doubts this I would recommend you watch ‘The Bad Girlfriend Club’ that comes on prime time television this week – oh hang on that programme doesn’t actually
exist as you would never be allowed to make or air it would you?!!
Posted by Anthony Humphreys