Testosterone TV

It has recently been brought to the attention of Mother Goose that most of the television viewing in our home is concerned with “manhood” and all that that implies. Not to say that it’s a bad thing…simply an interesting observation that I made to myself the other evening. Here’s a sampling of an ordinary night of TV selections in the home of Mother Goose:

American Pickers

Pawn Stars

Ax Men

Full Metal Jousting

Bomb Patrol Afghanistan

Chicago Bulls Basketball

Swamp People

Billy the Exterminator


Iron Chef America

Storage Wars


(In all fairness, the very entertaining shows of Nickelodeon and Disney such as Victorious, House of Anubis, iCarly, Big Time Rush and Shake It Up are also on the screen, but only in a disproportionate segment of viewing time…)

Dear and gentle reader, please do not misunderstand what Mother Goose is trying to convey! Truly these shows do represent a certain demographic consistency; however, they are viewed by male and female alike in our home. Admittedly, Mother Goose DOES prefer some of these shows to others, but that is simply a natural tendency to find entertainment value in previously un-watched programming. And we also must consider the obvious adrenaline rush that some TV shows provide…

History in the making?

For example…given the choice of watching Dave Hester and Darrell Sheets battling it out for the storage locker again or watching armored and muscular men jousting on beautiful, powerful horses, wouldn’t it be an easy pick? By the way, did you realize that jousting is the only sport which has no defense? It’s all offense!

Knights in shining armor.

Another example…swamp people wading waist-high in dirty water trying to catch a carp with their bare hands, or brave U.S. Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) guys hunting and dismantling explosives in Afghanistan deserts. The stress level is high when we watch Bomb Patrol — the noise level from the snoring is high when we watch Swamp People.


Let’s just take a quick look at the demographics of the viewers in our home.

We have four males between the ages of 14 and 56, three females between the ages of 9 and 29 (including Mother Goose, of course). We also have a dog, a cat, some birds and some fish (but those fish and bird populations are decreasing on a weekly basis, unfortunately. Not that it matters to our TV demographics…).

Out of these seven individuals, one is employed part-time outside the home. One is self-employed. One spends her day between the laptop, the kitchen sink, the washing machine and running awkwardly up and down the sidewalks of the community. All the other residents are full-time “A” students.

We own no less than EIGHT computers, SEVEN bicycles, SIX cellphones, FIVE basketballs, FOUR TV’s, THREE video gaming systems, TWO used cars and a partridge in a pear tree.

Mother Goose is not a statistician so I do not know what these demographics prove. I only wanted to share them with you — I have no capacity for analysis, as I am only a goose.

The point of all this rambling is this: We are learning more and more about history despite what the schools are not teaching us. We are seeing what’s in a stranger’s storage locker and in the farmer’s shed and in the pawnbrokers cabinets and cases. It’s all history and learning history makes us big and strong and tough and very wise.

Another point: the good guys are still winning. The soldiers, the jousters, the cops, the exterminators and the Bulls are overcoming evil all the time. We have HEROES in America and they’re on TV.

And finally: now that it’s spring, maybe we should put away the remotes, play some hoops and ride our bikes. And I’ve got a garden bed to make.

And that’s a blessing.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianna
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:42:01

    three females between the ages of 9 and 29 (including Mother Goose, of course) 😉
    Most of the time, I managed to tune out the tv, and Motor Man’s snoring.


  2. Three Well Beings
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 22:57:43

    I just shared this on my FB page, Natalie. I laughed out loud–again! At least this time I wasn’t reading at my work desk. LOL! My husband works nights and I haven’t had to share a TV in years. Here’s the funny thing about that…watching it alone? i end up not even turning it on. It’s not that enticing to watch by myself. I do think you need to find a negotiating system to get some balance into this very masculine mix of shows. I loved your “statistical inventory without analysis!” Great sharing nonetheless! 🙂 Debera


  3. yearstricken
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:13:17

    What a fun read! I love your take on the various shows. I once saw a segment on noodling – barehanded carp catching – at my brother-in-law’s house. He watches very manly TV shows. I learned a lot, but thankfully we don’t have cable, so I couldn’t watch it again.


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