Herbie J Pilato: Do Men “Watch” While Women “View”?

132997-103rby Herbie J Pilato

In the last few months, ABC’s female-geared morning chat-fest, The View, has been experiencing a changing of the guard of sorts (or at least of hosts – i.e. Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck have left the show).

All of which has inspired a few questions:

Do men “watch TV,” while women “view television”?  Is it more feminine to speak fancier and more masculine to utter opinions in shorter sentences?  Is that how that works when it comes to small-screen screening in particular?

When guys “turn on” a “TV show” do they “view” the deeper perceptions of character and story development, as opposed to watching or merely concerning themselves with the number of action sequences?

What about the ladies?  Are women only pre-occupied with being “turned on” by a “television program” that showcases witty dialogue, an attractive wardrobe for the characters, and startling set designs?

Are men the pro-active sex that initiates the “turn on,” while women are “turned on” submissively?

Stereotypically, you would think so.

However, if there’s anything unique about today’s male machismo and female mystique, it’s this: it’s not that black and white anymore. For that matter, nothing is. In this, the world of the metrosexual and multi-tasker, you are what you are, and anything goes. The battle of the sexes has become the blur of humanity (“hu-womanity?”). And that’s a good thing.

I know a lot of TV-screening females who love shows like NCIS, and I also know of a TV-loving guys who can’t stand it.

I know a lot of dudes who can’t get enough of a show like Grey’s Anatomy, and I know a lot of dudes who hate it.

I know a lot of women who are compelled by The Mentalist, and I know a lot of women who are repelled by it.

So the TV life is becoming less and less about men and women, and more and more about people.

It doesn’t matter if you “view television” or “watch TV,” or if you “view TV” and “watch television”; just the fact that you’re able to screen it at all, in a free land, despite the popular false claim that there’s “nothing on,” should be reason enough to celebrate.

Yes, the cable/satellite bill is frequently on the rise. Yes, there is a ton of crap on the tube. Yes, we are becoming increasingly way too concerned with the personal lives of the actors who portray the characters they portray.

But, overall, television has never been better – and it’s getting sweeter every day, with particular regard to quality and choices.

And that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it; the glorious fact that we have the power to choose via the remote and our protected individualism?

Whether or not that freedom changes in the near or far future remains to be seen, screened, watched and viewed.

Either way, I’ll be there with my perception of the reception of that selection.

About Herbie J Pilato

Writer, Author, Producer, Actor, Singer/Songwriter, Lover of Life