Just imagine me, fra la-la la-la, minding my own business trying to fax something at FedEx Kinko's, and wham--obnoxious cultural representations of my sex/gender on a lame greeting card.
Let's take a look at the messages: naggy, needy, housework-oriented, more romance/less sex, and the like.
And one of my biggest pet peeves, the whole "take me out."
Why couldn't the button say "let's go out" or "night on the town" or "date night" or anything that does not imply that the man is active and the female is passive?
Rescue me. Take me out. Pay for me. Take care of me. I'm your dolly.
I know some readers are shaking their heads at how I am blowing a trivial card out of proportion. But I think we all know that this greeting card does not exist in isolation--it is microcosmic of larger hegemonic institutions of gender and heterosexuality.
It seems to me that if two presumably competent and consenting adults are engaged in some sort of relationship with one another, there should be equal partnership.
Oh right...but men and women are separate but equal. How could I forget?