Idiocracy was on tv last night. I discovered it while channel surfing (I swear I don't normally watch Comedy Central a.k.a. Dudebro Central), and decided to watch it. As I was watching, and admittedly laughing, it suddenly occurred to me: this movie is all about exaggerated dude stupid.
Dude Stupid is a particular brand of stupid, that has recently been tapped and commodified in just about every fucking way possible. What is dude stupid? We've all seen dude stupid. Think about every movie starring Seth Rogan. It's Superbad. It's the franchise that Judd Apatow is currently shitting out for a specific male demographic. Dude stupid basically plays into the rise of the Man-Child:
The Man-Child's interests include smoking pot, drinking beer, watching porn and/or TV re-runs, pretending to be Gandalf and/or Darth Vader and/or other notable characters of sci-fi and fantasy film, playing video games, engaging in semi-dangerous XTreme sports such as smashing lightbulbs or setting things on fire, and generally just acting like a thirteen-year-old boy would if he had no curfews and no parents and no-one to stop him from being such an enormous loser all the time, my God.Oh, and to dudes, women are only valuable if they put out and shut up.
Okay, so I'm watching Idiocracy, and it occurs to me that all the stupid things, or stupid things the stupid people in the future like, are all understood to be things that stupid, base men like. To name a few: handjobs, explosions, groin-kicking, wrestling, monster trucks, guns, and boobies. This movie stands as a prime example of dude stupid. Indeed Mike Judge has created a reservoir of stupid made entirely out of dudebro edginess filled with sexism and misogyny, and "ironic" racism. The women in Idiocracy (I counted two, did I miss one?) are only there to provide fodder for sexist jokes and comments, the main joke being that Rita is a prostitute, and Joe is naively unaware.
As I was watching this exaggerated glimpse into the exponentially stupid dude future, I wondered: is there a lady equivalent for dude stupid? Is there anything in existence that appeals to the sometime desire for ladies to laugh at senseless things that don't rely on sexist stereotypes? Or are only men afforded the luxury to be stupid, to say stupid things which entertain other men, and to do stupid activities? What if Idiocracy featured a main character that was a woman, interacting with other women in a predominately female cast? Why can't I picture these women engaging in anything other than what would appeal to patriarchal Man-Child-s? Is there a lady stupid that isn't airheaded, ditsy, "blonde," etc.? Anyone?