Brian and I would like to apologize to anyone who found our show annoying, offensive, or sexist this morning.
We did it to make a point.
Earlier this week, Rob called to tell us we needed to “man up” the show.
Today, we took that advice and had some fun with it.
I catcalled someone outside, chugged a beer on air, ranted about a football player being a pansy for crying on the field, and “mansplained” to Brian. But is that really what it means to “man up”?
It was an interesting exercise, but quite frankly, it made Brian and I both feel really uncomfortable. We came up with some crude things to say on air, but when it came time to actually say them, we couldn’t even bring ourselves to do it.
This was all supposed to be in good fun, and we appreciated all of you who took part in that.
There’s actually a more serious side to this, and the only reason I agreed to do this was to draw attention to the fact that maybe we shouldn’t be using the phrase “man up”.
Let’s start with this video… of boys and men of all ages being asked what it means to be a man.
Defining “man up” has been difficult for a lot of the people we asked, so maybe we shouldn’t say it anymore.
Siebel Newsom believes so and created the documentary The Mask You Live In – READ MORE HERE
Take a look at the trailer (WARNING about the language)
I hope the fun we had today with gender stereotypes made you laugh and is now making you think about the way we use those phrases.
What does it mean to be a man? Whatever you want it to mean!
You don’t have to fall into a certain box or category of either masculine things like sports, hunting and beer… and feminine things like shopping, gossip and wine.
Whoever you are… whatever you like… it’s totally fine. And we’re not going to be the manliest show anymore.
We’re going to be the Brian and Jenn show.