The King Has No Clothes

I am sitting here trying to figure out how Americans have come to ignore reality and embrace Fairy Tale. How Political correctness has infected every aspect of our lives, and we have been trained ignore actuality in favor of what others want us to believe. How denial and self-deceit have become the order of the day. How did we get to a point where we can look at something, recognize it, know what it is and then altar language and facts so as to refer to it as something completely different…. And HOW on Earth did this practice become normal? 

Although you can apply these statements to many different venues… race discussions, religion, sociology, politics or even sports… today I want to discuss something that infuriated me in particular this week… “Relationship” talk on daytime television with Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw. 

The negative impact that marital dysfunction has on this country is immeasurable, both emotionally and monetarily. Yet we rely on an unethical Self-Help Industry who financially benefit from this ineffectual standard to be our moral and philosophical compass. They continually prey on our emotional vulnerabilities so as to pad their bank accounts at our expense. Like drug dealers at our children’s schoolyard, they amount to nothing more than blood sucking opportunists.

 Such was the case this week when the coiffure resistant megalomaniac and his penis hating soul mate, or, as I like to refer to them… Fatman and Robin… went on an hour-long “Mars/Venus” rant distorting facts in order to promote their business model. To be honest, I am not sure if they actually believe their own B.S., or if they are regurgitating trite platitudes because they sound lyrical. Either way, they are intolerant, agendizing, predatory creeps. 

Their target audience is women when they are most emotionally vulnerable. Having been made to bear the burden of guilt for sexuality by both religion and patriarchal cultures brought to this country from overseas, the McGraw’s expertly capitalize on the helplessness of being subjugated, and offer women a false sense of empowerment, which they achieve through the emasculation of men. By demonizing sexuality, and making our natural inclinations “taboo”, under this formula the genders will remain inherently combative…which of course leaves people running back to them for their emotional healing “fix”. 

The end result is what we see everyday, but cannot admit because it has become politically incorrect. We have become a country of sex-o-phobic wedded combatants cohabitating in discontent. There is an epidemic of church going, floral printed, moo moo wearing, sexless loveless emotionally staved women taking their wrath out on their emasculated, oafish, emotionally vacant husbands. The state of matrimony is abysmal in this country, and rather than acknowledge that the existing formula isn’t working we accede to emotional and sexual denial.

…and Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw are laughing all the way to the bank.


About Rich Woods

Rich Woods is the author of the critically acclaimed books, UnLearn Vanilla Marriage, and Yahweh to Hell. He is also a columnist, sociologist, and satirist who has performed seminars around the country. He's also made several TV and radio appearances. Transitioning from a blue-collar background has given Mr. Woods a unique perspective --and an even more unique elocution--among his peers. Raised Catholic, Mr. Woods is now a very public atheist who champions the separation of church and state. He's an advocate for non-traditional relationships, including --but not limited to-- negotiating non-monogamy, as well as being a vocal opponent of political correctness. Throughout his career, Woods has had colorful metaphors hurled in his direction from both liberals, and conservatives. To be honest, most of the vitriol comes from the Tea Party. However, he considers one of his greatest accomplishments having been called "Harry Reid's Lapdog" , and referred to as being "just like Rush Limbaugh" from two different sources within minutes of one another. Originally from Queens, New York, and presently residing in central New Jersey, Rich Woods is madly, and hopelessly in love with his wife Jane since before they were wed in 2002, and is the proud father of two successful, brilliantly creative, young adult children. Try as he might, he can't juggle.

Posted on November 21, 2009, in Archived Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Jamie was here 🙂

  2. I was going to point out that the dress is actually spelled “muu-muu”, but then I realized that spelling it “moo moo” actually makes a kind of sense. It brings to mind “cows” which is what many of the muu-muu (or “moo moo”) wearers are.

    In more ways than one, actually.

    I feel that a good portion of the dominance/influence of Dr Phil and his ilk is due to the fact that we have, as a society, essentially given up personal responsibility. Rather than take the bull by the horns and face our own problems and shortcomings, it’s much easier to hand everything over to someone else to deal with. Or point the finger of blame at the nearest target.

    So we become a nation of cattle, content to do nothing but chew our cud and let others herd us around.

    And we’ll never see the truck to the slaughterhouse coming.

  3. The thing that angers me the most…is to see someone who is going through an unfortunate situation…being taken advantage by these people in the self-help industry who are doing more harm than good and making a buck besides.

    All in the name of HELPING! Give me a BREAK! : (

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