Thursday, August 30, 2012

She Really Does Have a Headache!

That men have a stronger sex drive than women has no doubt led to marital conflicts from time to time. The stereotypical excuse for a wife not wanting to have sex with her husband is that she has a headache. As it turns out, women do have headaches more frequently than men. However, it also turns out that one of the best non-pharmaceutical cures for a headache can be sex – go figure!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Ad Trend: Beating the Shit Out of Men

Not only is it fun to denigrate men in ads, it’s even more fun to beat the shit out of them. One study recently published in the Journal of Advertising examined trends in Super Bowl ads and ads for the top five most advertised brands in the U.S. In addition to the obvious trend of denigrating males, they found that the hot, new trend in advertising humour was women committing acts of violence against men.

It turns out that there are two distinct types of ads. In the “general” category, the man gets the shit beat out of him for no apparent reason, as in the ad for Dodge Ram pickup truck depicting a wedding scene. Instead of saying “I do” as part of the normal wedding vows, the bride head butts the groom unconscious and tosses him in the back of the truck. Guess they’re targeting female drivers – just a guess.
In the second category, the ad shows the man as deserving the beating based on his actions. My favourite is an ad for the Burger King Steakhouse Burger, where a female teacher asks a male colleague what he has done to deserve the burger he is feasting on. When he replies “I was “just hungry”, she slaps his face, calling him a “self-important, narcissistic bas...” just before the fade out to the voice over.