I rented a movie last weekend from the library. As the library is free to use and I rented a little late, there weren't many good titles available. Most people had already rented the interesting stuff.
Or so I thought.
I picked up a classic movie that I had heard about, but never watched or knew the story of. The movie's name is "My Man Godfrey".
Its about Godfrey, a "forgotten man" who is hired by a young, wealthy eccentric girl as the family's new butler. Godfey brings sanity and a dose of reality to the spoiled rich Bullock family.
I had basically given up on movies and TV. With serials like King of Queens and movies like My Super Ex-Girlfriend, turning on the TV felt like kicking myself in the balls repeatedly.
But not so with this movie. There were actually men portrayed as sane, loving and honorable people! Not one step removed from the family pet, a la Tim Allen in Shaggy Dog.
The men were portrayed as having a variety of emotions and reactions, and the women were portrayed the same way! Imagine that, equality before the ERA, before the female supremacy movement.
While watching it, you didn't get the overwhelming feeling of superciliousness that just drips from the TV nowadays. I rather enjoyed the mother's airheadedness and the sister's false sense of superiority that crumbled at the end of the movie.
Its telling that women were never exclusively portrayed as the dumb buffoons men are portrayed as today, while some people blow it off by saying, "Oh well, the pendulum has swung too far." Bull fucking shit! Women were always on top. Just because washing machines and electricity hadn't been invented by oppressive men in the 1800s doesn't mean that men were off hobnobbing and smoking cigars while the women slaved.
No! It was the exact opposite!
But revisionist history ensures that every movie coming out has to have man-hating baked into it, and nowhere is it more obvious than in the remakes and sequels. Disney is especially guilty of twisting and turning classic plots to make men always the evil ones.