"These men on TV have no backbones", said Jack as we watched TV on evening. No man should let his wife get away with walking away during a discussion. I silently and inwardly rolled my eyes at this episode of Blue Bloods. Again and again, Jack talked right over the dialogue complaining that these male leads are all wimps. He continues as I turn to stare at my man. "Where are the men like Jamie Fraser?", Jack wants to know. Now I am no longer watching the program, but am enjoying being entertained by Jack. He is on a roll. "Lass", he says to me, "these TV women need stronger men."
We do love Netflix! House of Cards, Last Tango in Halifax, Foyle's War and The Killing are all shows we have really enjoyed. Where are the men with backbones? Jack wants to know. I say little, but am beginning to make cheeky remarks as Jack continues his rant. He pulls me over and holds me tight saying your man has backbone.
We watch our favorite pro football team and he never mentions backbone or wimpy men.
We were walking this bright, sunny, but cold morning. Out of the blue, he started in on men, television, backbones and the need to see more strong male leads. I told him that I did not have paper and pencil to make notes, but I could just record his monologue on my phone. Talk about backbone. Those eyebrows shot up and no recording was made.
He says that in the workplace and on the athletic field, he is all for Title Nine and equal pay for women. He led both men and women in the military and praised both. His boss was often a woman. He says television needs to show stronger men taking charge. I pointed out that those were the kind of men we grew up watching. He said exactly. Round and round we went.
On these nights when we banter about the shows we are watching, the program itself is ignored and we are sparing about this and that until Jack turns the TV off and we have more fun under the covers upstairs. He tells his wife that he has backbone and there is no arguing from me.
Like most of you, we watch more TV in the winter when the weather keeps us in. Ttwd is such a part of our lives. Jack wants to see more of it on television.
Do you have these sorts of discussions at your house? How do the men of TV appear to you?