Man Who Has It All: Sexism in innocent remarks

Posted at 8:47 AM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 09:30:00-05

It's likely everyone has done at least one of these things, and that's what makes this unique comedic commentary on everyday sexism so poignant.

What is often taken as innocent -- or even constructive -- becomes a blatant double-standard when the roles are reversed (if it wasn't clear already).

The anonymous social media persona "Man Who Has It All" explores the reversal with tongue-in-cheek "tips for men juggling a successful career and fatherhood." The short quips live on TwitterFacebook and Tumblr.

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If you're really upset but laughing at the same time, that's about where I was too. 

The posts ultimately speak for themselves, so take a moment to scroll through the account. I'm sure you've heard several of them in some form, maybe even all of them, maybe even a few while you're reading this. 

The poster describes himself as "a frazzled working dad with a wife and three kids" who spends his ‘me time’ on social media. And what's unique about this account (that's really striking a nerve) is that it's calling out remarks that are very common among both men and women. For every snipe at male chauvinism, there's an equally compelling parody of seemingly inspirational messages we see directed at woman by women all the time.

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There's also something beyond the comments in the posts, though, that points to an underlying problem. What does it say about the state of gender equality if it takes reversing the roles to see how ridiculous the comments are?

When both versions seem ridiculous, then we may have really made some progress.

If you dig this concept and the social media isn't enough, you may be in luck. It looks like the poster has an agent, so we may see a book (or at least an e-book) sometime soon.