Pop culture is a strange place, defying almost every sensibility. It is a limbo in constant flux, filled with endless imagery; some of it beautiful, some of it funny, some of it shocking; but, it is sheer chaos, through and through. In the hurdle of everyday life, we see it only in pieces, with a glance at a magazine, or a small TV break, after work. We are slowly feed a little here, and a little there, all over the place, so it is hardly to wonder why it always seems to be blurry. It is a mirror that depicts life, and life depicts it.
As such, it would seem necessary to gaze more than just a small moment into its reflection, to truly understand what it sees, and what people see in it. Take a moment now, to recall all that you have witnessed. Did it represent things held dear, or things very distant from yourself? Put another way, are you watching it, or is it watching you?
Do you think that pop culture is watching out for you? Look now into the mirror and gaze! What does it depict? Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the damnedest of them all?
In the mirror, I see my reflection, and it is crying out, almost unheard, muffled by lack of concern. If anyone is being watched my the mirror, it isn’t me. The mirror serves to depict a visage of illusions, that belittle me, and my fellow man.
It reveals a barren landscape, filled with greed and lust, and I can’t but wonder if it is showing me the truth. Granted the world is filled with these things; but, what does the mirror see my place in these strange world as? When I gazed at my reflection, it revealed something sad. Lonely and stricken, I was thought a fool.
A look at pop culture reveals utter contempt for men. In shows such as Family Guy and the Simpsons, men are portrayed as fat, unintelligent, and useless. I do not consider myself any of those things. But how far does the mirror go? A look at fashion reveals more utter contempt for men, such as the “Boys are stupid- throw rocks at them” shirts. I do not consider myself stupid, and why do people want to stone me to death? And a look at goofy knickknacks reveals the kicker, the true form of what the mirror shows in our world. Mirror, mirror why am I bereft? Lo and behold what the mirror tells us about our world:
This is the “All Men Are Bastards-Knife Block”. Apparently, the mirror shows the true form of the world. Revealed here, is the face of misandry. It lurks in the world, ever contemptuous, and is seen by the mirror. It is detected and translated into new products. This commercial item, like the current television shows and shirts for sale, are but symptoms of the true disease. That disease is society’s hatred for males. There is an open market for it, and people are buying.
The mirror is unbiased. It looks at the world and shows us what’s there. Here it can teach us much. As I look at myself, forlorn and bereft, as see something else. I see that I’m alone, only males are revealed in the mirror. There is no “All Women Are Bitches- Knife Block”, no “All Gays Are Fags- Knife Block”, no “All Jews Are Kikes- Knife Block”, no “All Whites Are Crackers- Knife Block”, no “All Latinos Are Spics- Knife Block”, no “All Blacks Are Niggers- Knife Block”, etc. No, there is only a Knife block for men; because that’s what society wants to see, and so it is revealed in the mirror, nicely wrapped and ready to be shipped.
Men are on the chopping block, both metaphorically and literally. Look at how it is being marketed:
Gear up women; we have a kitchen product which is going to blow the wits out of your man! If you’ve got some aggression to vent out and besides needing a place to store your kitchen knives, this creation is just for you. All Men Are Bastards knife block is sculpted into the shape of a male which, depending upon the order of insertion becomes the recipient of a torturous overkill.
Money talks, and it is obvious what it’s saying. Society wants men to be hurt, and is indifferent every time they do get hurt. Society has no Men’s Shelters to escape domestic violence and abuse; but, it has these for women. The endemic of violence against men can be seen quite clearly here, in this bibliography examining 256 scholarly investigations, 201 empirical studies and 55 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 253,500.
And this culture of violence against men is well reflected in the mirror. Pop culture, shows us this quite saliently. Every year in the U.S., about 3.2 million men are the victims of an assault by an intimate partner, which can be seen here. For more information go here.
So in closing what does the mirror say about men in modern society. Lo and behold, this is our lot!
To fight this, visit Harry’s site, and contact the makers of this hateful, sexist item via email, at
Males are worth more than this, show them that. The effect these things have on boys psyches is extraordinarily damaging, and the encouragement of violence against men is appalling.