When Emma Barnett picked her boyfriend's pants up off of the floor in her bedroom, she found something interesting. The label, which was sewn into the back of the "trousers," as labels often are, read: "Machine Wash Warm or Give It to Your Woman, It's Her Job."
Not funny. And it's not just "not funny" because of the complete lack of originality and, well, humor; it isn't funny because it seems like out of nowhere lately, blatant sexism seems to be not only rampant, but totally okay.
Before I get into it, couple things. One, like Barnett said in her piece for the Telegraph, I fancy myself as someone with a pretty good sense of humor -- I can laugh at (and occasionally even write) some blue stuff. I worked in the writers' room for sitcoms for six years, and let me tell you, it's a male-dominated environment, and it isn't for the faint of heart. Even though the anti-woman jokes are often stupid and purely for shock value, like Barnett, "I am the type of person who can stomach, and often smile along." But dude. Lately, it's out of control. And these silly little pants -- which are made by Madhouse -- are the icing on the cake.
Very recently we had Rush Limbaugh and his deplorable comments about Sandra Fluke. (In case you haven't heard, he called her a "slut" and a "prostitute.") Then shortly after that, there was Mitt Romney, who simply said of the situation, "Well, that isn’t language I would have used." And before this, we had Karl Lagerfeld calling Adele fat and Susan G. Komen defunding Planned Parenthood. What is going on? It's as if we've taken 100 steps backward. It is 2012, right?
Perhaps it's something contagious that's going around, like the flu. Perhaps it's because of the GOP debates, and all their birth control talk. I really don't know. But I'm confused and pretty frustrated and I'd like it to go away.
I know it won't, though. I know. So, at the very least, I hope the stupid label on these stupid pants goes away. Because even if it was meant to be a joke, apparently not everyone will take it as one.
And, again, it just isn't funny.
Do you feel like sexism has been on the rise lately?
Image via Emma Barnett/Twitter