Ok, guys… maybe you can finally clear this up for us girls.
Why is a cold “just a cold” for us, but when you catch one, you take to your beds for a week?
OMG!!! I’m going through this RIGHT NOW. I’ve had this crud crap for two weeks and now Paul “feels like shit.” I’ll hear this for at least a week. Eee gads, this makes me laugh. When he whispers that he was calling her name and she didn’t come so he dialed 999, I laughed so hard!!!!
I find it so ironic that the wife’s name is Laura. Somehow that just makes it that much more real to me…
I KNOW!!!! That cracked me the heck up.
I don’t find the humor in this!!!! I am always the one to take care of the family when everyone is sick…. I never complain that I am sick….. Jeeeeennnnnnyyyyyy my toe hurts, can I have some blue raspberry jello.
LMAO Jason!!!!!!! Raspberry jello huh??? I never would have thought that.
I really don’t know where he comes up with this stuff!! DORK
omg, this is really hilarious!
I remember when my older brother would get a cold, and he’d use kleenex and just let them pile up around wherever he was. Floor, table, whatever. Putting them in the garbage (even periodically) was just too much to ask. Ohh, ohhh! Even my daughters have never been like this since they could toddle into the bathroom. But I guess I’m just being heartless.
We’ve been blogging about this in England too highlighting why these “jokes” about men could be bad for men and boys health: http://brightonmanplan.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/is-boots-ad-sexist/
Thanks for coming by, Glen. We’re happy to have you, and hope you visit again. I went over to your site and participated in your discussion.
For my friends, this is what I posted over there:
“Thanks for visiting at my site. I hope you enjoyed yourself, and will come back again. I’ll share my thoughts with you on the “man-flu” issue here…
I do not understand how a 30-second tv commercial is “preventing” men from getting the health care that they need. Are these men being forcibly held down by some sort of rope that’s shot out of the television when the ad comes on? Tied to their beds so they can’t get up? No. THEY are choosing for themselves that they don’t need to go to the doctor for whatever reason.
This ad is not sexist or evil, it’s playing on a stereotype in a humorous way – and we all know that stereotypes have a basis in truth. Men are used to being cared for by the women in their lives. It’s how women are – they are the nurturers. So we (women) feel it’s our responsibility to take care of our men when they’re sick, regardless our condition. That’s what this ad is saying, not that men shouldn’t seek medical attention.
(for comparison, how many ads for household cleaning products are aimed directly at women? When was the last time you saw a guy putting underwear into a washer, and concernedly sniffing at the t-shirts? Is that sexist? and whether it is or not, is it true? Ads rely on stereotypes to get their point across in a short and humorous fashion)
I agree with you that it’s a problem – men not dealing with their health issues. But to hold a pharmacy or a TV commercial responsible? That’s just silly.”
I totally agree Laura. I’m almost LOL at that guy though. I have someone home with a “man cold” today. Sick in bed and I had to put on Christmas dinner for my whole family when I had mine. Ring this little bell my ass!!!! Nobody came and gave me a little bell. This came at just the right time for me.
I don’t think it’s a national crisis if guys don’t go to the doctor over a cold. However, if it is, maybe what it really should highlight is that women take even LESS care of their health. Largely because nobody is willing to fill in for us until we’re a lot, lot sicker than that.
Exactly SKL. Then us women are in far worse shape. Who in the world seeks health treatment for the common variety cold? There is no “fix” for one.
How true this is!
It takes something BAD to get me down. I was sick recently, and was up cleaning and Jason says to me, “why aren’t you laying down?” I said, “because I’m not a wuss like you!”
The world doesn’t stop turning when I get sick, but it had better stop when he does. He is the biggest whiner EVER!!! But the “mom” in me always takes care of him!
That’s the trouble Nikki. I really wonder if this is really “the mans fault”. We’re the ones who started the whole “taking care of” stuff.
I know. I baby Bailey when he is sick, I am at his beck and call. That’s where it all begins! LOL God help his wife!!!
This is really hilarious… and oh, so true!! He dialed the paramedics when she didn’t hear him and immediately jump to his beck and call???? LMAO!!!!
Anyone wonder why I’m still single 30 yrs after the divorce????? LOL 🙂
I always laugh when women give us the “man Flu” ribbing.
A simple check of the office of national statistics in the UK reveals that women of EVERY age group take more sick days then men.
I should counter two arguements women give for more sick days:
1) We have more to look after the children. (Goverment statistics show THE SAME number of sick days for women with or without dependent Children)
2) Women are more “complex” and have more medical issues. I would simply say, not so complex that you cant manage to live on average 5 years longer than us men!!
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