Maybe it’s me, but I was skimming the news today (it’s too pathetic and depressing to actually read, every newspaper should just run with the headline of People Behaving Badly and end it at that) and some of the stories may have meshed together a bit.
One article said 1 in 4 women are taking mental health medicine. Another study asked the question if men are funnier than women. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking these two articles are related. Yes, it’s true, there is a larger percentage of famous, headlining male comedians than females. Why is that? Are men funnier? Uh, no. More men just buy DVDs and find endless comedic value in such high art forms as the three stooges and Porky’s. So funny is subjective. Few women will stoop to the level of entertaining men in the form of comedy. It’s too degrading, a little bit like pole dancing is to ballet; it just compromises our comedic integrity to pander to the lowest common demoninator. (And men take WAY too long to get the joke!)
Hence the tie in to the medication issue. Beevis and Butthead isn’t funny, yet the majority of our civilized population thinks it is. (That majority has unmatched chromosomes for gender.) How does one respond to that without medication? I would bet that another 1 or 2 in 4 also sniff markers to make it through the day. The last one probably just holds her breath to deprive her brain of oxygen to be able to “keep up” with the drain.
On a more serious note, the 1 in 4 on mental health medication is a concern. Most females can probably agree that it’s just plain easier to say fine, prescribe it, than continue to discuss the underlying issue with a doctor who isn’t listening and is all too eager to calm you down when you are complaining about something they either don’t know (therefore causing humiliation to their godlike egos) or don’t care about or believe.
You see, doctors, when listening to a female patient matter-of-factly go through the standard list of tasks, stressors, challenges and issues faced every day, look at the female patient as if she’s detached, unemotional, and either under that level of stress that she’s now at a dangerous level of shock, or full of it and clearly is suffering from some sort of emotional issue that requires exaggeration. Guys, for the most part, just don’t get the level of crap we deal with and are capable of processing every day.
And when we talk about it they don’t find it funny. So instead we agree to pull their finger. That makes them forget the discussion.
Ya know what? There’s also a disporportionate percentage of males in C-level positions in corporations versus women. Not because they’re smarter or “less emotional”, but because they can keep women out. Because we all know, women have a way of wrecking the status quo, ruining all their fun.
Why, if it hadn’t been for 2 women, Sandusky, Paterno and the Happy Valley crowd would still be quietly in the closet, instead of exposed. Only 2 women were involved in this entire story, and both of them told; both brought the story to the authorities and demanded they pay attention.
So if you’re a guy and you found South Park’s jokes about the PSU scandal funny, then you’d see why so many women take mental health medication, you just still wouldn’t get it.