I have seen some pathetic excuses for television in my life but this this takes the cake. The BBC is airing a show called Bring Your Husband To Heel in which “top canine trainer Annie Clayton merrily explains: ‘Men and dogs are both creatures of habit, are happy when fed and will drink anything.'” Clayton apparently thinks so little of men that he feels that men can be trained just like dogs to curb “laziness and other unwanted behaviors.”
I simply cannot think of any concept more demeaning, degrading and insulting to a man than this. Of course, it goes without saying that if the show was about training women, Gloria Steinem and her team would be all over this show like eyeliner on Avril Lavigne. I’ve had about all I can take of the emasculation of men in today’s society. I’m not fond of the dumb jock type (and God help the guy who goes all macho on me) but who in the hell does this woman think she is? What, precisely, gives her the idea that men (or anyone else, for that matter) should do as she dictates? Is Clayton familiar with the concept of free will? And what kind of false connection between two people is she promoting by suggesting that a woman resort to such a pathetic way of dealing with someone you supposedly love and respect?
Here’s an idea: let her try and “train” men the way she sees fit and then I’ll “train” Annie Clayton the way I see fit. Since she’s so fond of the animal parallel, I’ll dig up a cattle prod and a branding iron and I’ll treat her like the cow that she is.