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Was it just me or did it seem like advertisers at this year's Superbowl seem to think that men are having some kind of crisis in this country. So many ads this year had some kind of "this is what a man is" theme, it was a bit disturbing.There were ads that were mostly just funny: men who are hungry play like little old ladies (Snickers) to ads that were downright misogynistic: tires should be more important than wives (Bridgestone), but the two ads that really got to me were the ones that seemed to be saying that men need to recapture something that they've lost, something that apparently women have taken from them.Dockers aired a "no pants" add, with a bunch of men running around in a field with no pants. They looked goofy, you saw somewhat unflattering shots of them from behind, and they were very nearly frolicking - not very manly things. At the end of the ad, the tag-line "wear the pants" appears with a very manly looking dude wearing his Dockers pants, standing boldly next to the tag-line. Is Dockers simply issuing a command, or are they also trying to remind us of the phrase "who wears the pants in the relationship" and hinting that men have lost this power, that they've given it over to women. It's just vague enough that you can't quite be sure but I have my guesses.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojMh0VCBv0gThen there was the Dodge charger commercial. For the first five seconds, I was actually on board with it, as listless men gave a litany of complaints related to the drudgery of daily life ("I will walk the dog at 6:30am, I will be at work by 8:00am, I will say yes when you want me to say yes") but then quickly changed into ("I will be civil to your mother, I will put the seat down, I will carry your lip balm"). What do men get as their reward for what in this ad is cast as putting up with women? They get to drive the Dodge charger or, as they put it, "man's last stand". Because apparently there's a war going on? I cannot believe this ad and how easily it depicts women as nagging, manipulative and suffocating.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RyPamyWotMLastly there was the Dove ad for the new line of Dove products for men. This one I actually felt fairly positive about in that instead of bemoaning women, it actually seemed to be commenting on the pressures of masculinity (which are many and strong) and hinted at the boxes men can get put into by masculinity ("be good at sports, don't show your sensitive side, never be scared"). It's not always easy for men to acknowledge the pressures they feel so I appreciated that aspect of this ad. I'm not sure why or when exactly a man becomes "comfortable in his skin", but some ads just don't make sense.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuexzKkMIDcWhat did you think of these ads?