Men in Women’s Spaces aka “I Enjoy Being a Dick”
September 23, 2011 5 Comments
I watch silly sitcoms from my youth. This is a pretty cheap hobby these days, since many of them are available on Netflix instant.
Anyway, one of my favorites is Third Rock from the Sun. It’s a stupid show, but it entertains me.
I had forgotten about this episode though.
Season 1, episode 15 is entitled “I Enjoy Being a Dick”. It’s about a male character’s desire to infiltrate women’s spaces.
In it, Dick walks into the office to find his girlfriend Mary and her secretary Nina sharing girl talk.
Dick feels so left out of their conversation! He also can’t stand the fact that they have a women’s lecture to attend. Check out the video at 3:27
“Can I come too!?” Dick asks about the lecture.
“Does everything have to involve you?” Mary replies.
“In a perfect world, yes!” says Dick, “I’ll be very quiet; you won’t even know I’m there.”
Mary protests, “I think a man’s presence would be inhibiting.”
Dick screams back, “I said YOU WON’T EVEN KNOW I’M THERE!”
Mary still stands her ground though, and won’t let him manipulate or bully his way in.
Later in the episode, we see the women’s study group. Guess who has arrived, in drag? Check out the video at 2:16
Not only does Dick show up wearing women’s clothes, but he begins to take over the meeting and make it all about his needs, discussing how much his feelings are hurt for not having been invited in the first place.
“Why do women have to close themselves off,” he protests. He can’t understand that we might need some space to ourselves, or want to spend our energy on something other than men. Then he proceeds to grab Mary and forcefully kiss her. Boundaries? Violated!
Clearly, men are upset that women might want our own spaces. They don’t like it, and they want to be invited. If they can’t bully or manipulate their way in, they’ll try the stealth method.
We need to stand our ground. I find it interesting that the title of this episode is “I Enjoy Being a Dick”, because that is, in fact, exactly what is going on here.