While watching the Tim Burton flick Dark Shadows (it’s very Tim Burton), I was able to witness advertisements for new TV shows, because God forbid we have a single second in the theater where we’re not dying of advertisements. These included the sitcoms Men at Work and Baby Daddy. Were they incredibly sexist? Of COURSE they were incredibly sexist! This is TV we’re talking about!
Men at Work, tragically, is not even remotely about coming from a land down under or being able to hear, hear the thunder. It is instead a comedy from TBS! The website includes a board that gives you your “daily dose of Menspiration” (am I the only person who reads that as inspiration for getting through your period?) including such words of wisdom as “mend your broken heart with thongs from beautiful unfamiliar asses” and “smiley emoticons are conversational condoms: they make even the riskiest texts safe. You whore. 🙂 See?” Just so you know the caliber of comedic mind we’re dealing with here.
Our characters encompass all of the wide diversity of possible men! There’s Gibbs, the man of color who’s a playa! There’s Milo, the cute funny guy, recently dumped by his girlfriend, who doesn’t want to grow up and is inexplicably not played by Seth Rogen! There’s Neal, the nerd, you can tell because he wears glasses and isn’t good at dirty talk and has a girlfriend instead of trying to hook up with girls at clubs! There’s Tyler, who is pretty and says stupid things, which is kind of refreshing to have as a male personality instead of a female, but I think they just did it because they ran out of potential dudesonalities!
Every dude is defined in terms of his pussy-getting ability. Gets pussy a lot, got dumped by the girl who gave him pussy, in monogamous relationship and probably didn’t get much pussy outside of it, is pretty and so gets pussy. Because pussy is the only thing that matters apparently!
And then there’s Baby Daddy, a name which comes from the hilarious and vaguely racist “it’s black slang, but said by white people!” type of show-naming also practiced by Baby Mama.
Look, I should be the easiest fucking person to sell on this show. I love Children Raised By Inappropriate But Well-Meaning People stories! Especially if, as in Baby Daddy, there is a chosen family that comes together to raise the kid! I’ve probably wasted several weeks of my life, all told, reading kidfic! All I ask is that my Children Raised By Inappropriate But Well-Meaning People stories not be horrifically sexist. Is that so much to ask, Hollywood?
Apparently so, because the only two available subtypes are Women Learn That Family Is More Important Than Career and Men Can’t Do Ladythings, This Is Hilarious.
Baby Daddy, as you can probably guess by the title, is a version of the second type. They literally duct tape the kid’s diaper on. Because men can’t figure out how to work basic things like diapers! That’d be ridiculous! Next thing you know they’d be capable of doing the laundry and cooking dinner and being vaguely competent parents and then where would we be? Anarchy! Chaos! Cats and dogs living together!