Everyone has heard the joke, “Woman, make me a sandwich!”, whether it was directed toward them, they said it, or just they heard it. I hear it all the time, and usually there is always the same response, “yeah, okay…”, usually though, no one makes anyone a sandwich. I never really thought about it too much though, if some one ever said it to me I would just laugh and say no. The other day however I stumbled across an article about the joke. After reading it, I began to think about the joke a little more.
In the article, a woman is initially responding to seeing a Facebook group about girls making a sandwich for a guy. At first she didn’t really care, but as she read more into it she started to understand why it is so wrong. As I read the article, I too agreed with some of the issues she pointed out about this seemingly harmless joke. One of the concerns that she points out that I found most valid was that all jokes are usually based on some truth. The truth behind that fact kind of stopped me, because we all know the where the stereotype comes from: the traditional role of women being the caretakers and working in the home as a wife and mother. From that, it can be seen as a lack of equality as she points out.
After reading the rest of her arguments I was more convinced at how terrible it was that most people used this joke frequently and so nonchalantly. Not only is this joke harped on in most groups of friends, but it is also seen all over the media; memes, television shows and youtube videos.
As I looked at some youtube videos, I saw many of the same things; a male and female arguing and the male telling the female to make him a sandwich. I did come across a video however that did not stick to this basic outline. The video featured two guys just hanging out, and one of them asks the other to make him a sandwich. This video is clearly terrible, but I found it interesting because it is not the normal form of the original joke. The video breaks the stereotype of men. According to almost every other joke, men do not make sandwiches, it is beneath them.