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ask: Jack in the Box commercial about menopause--funny or offensive, or a little of both?

By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
 
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I was watching TV the other day and saw an ad for Jack in the Box that stars a menopausal woman and Jack. I have to say, I don't think I've ever seen an ad for a fast food restaurant that stars a woman in menopause.

If you want to view it, go to www.jackinthebox.com and then click on "commercials" on the left and it should be the ad on the far left. You can see the lady in her pink dress.

Frankly, I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not. I thought they were making fun of menopausal women. My take was that menopausal women are not taken seriously because we're just hysterical. But it's no laughing matter as I know first hand that very few people take us seriously and that it's a real problem for lots of women.

This may be because I've lived it and seen and heard too many women who are silently suffering that it's hard for me to find the humor in it. But it goes to show you how many women are menopausal when Jack in the Box dedicates a commercial to it.

Then again, I have a dear friend who saw it and thought it was really funny. But she's a bit younger and hasn't hit menopause yet so maybe that's the difference.

I'd love it if you'd follow the link and watch the ad and then post your thoughts below. Is it funny to you, or offensive, or somewhere in between? Michelle

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I am dealing with the hotflash issue in a big way right now - 20 a day at least. But I love this commercial. It doesn't offend me in the least; it doesn't make me feel insulted or misunderstood. It makes me laugh. And laughter ALWAYS makes me feel better! And you know what? If these miserable and perpetual hot flashes and nightsweats are the worst thing that ever happens to me -- my life is pretty darn good.

June 19, 2011 - 2:52pm
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Well better than the " Jack Sandwich" in the hot tub like that did not have any underlying meanings. I thought it was kind of boring and not well acted. Menopausal or not it was a mediocre commercial. I will say the smoothies look good and refreshing.. I would rather watch the Jack in the box commercial than a commercial about how a guy can grow a bigger penis, I definitely think we should extinguish Extenze commercials, yes put the fire out in the pants, so to speak...

May 2, 2010 - 3:36pm
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February 5, 2010 - 8:45pm
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Anonymous

I agree, I have been tring to get my dr to perscribe me something but he says there isa nothing he can give me to help. My nightly hot flashes are so bad my boyfriend can sleep with me....If any of you out in intenetland have found something that works email me. [Personal Email removed by Moderator]

January 28, 2010 - 1:33am
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Anonymous

I think its funny that you said that people think that menopausal women are hysterical and in this context. "Hysterical" etymologically means having an uterus, which, according to the ancient Greeks, was the source of women acting crazy.

November 8, 2009 - 6:28pm
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Anonymous

Honestly, it strikes me more as satire of the stereotype than mockery of the menopausal women.

August 4, 2009 - 8:18pm
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Anonymous

Naw...it's not the age thing. My long-suffering husband and I just looked at each other and laughed. It's been a couple years but we still remember (and laugh about) when I went "seriously street-rad crazy."
srsr

July 31, 2009 - 5:54pm
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Anonymous

I've seen the ad a number of times and I laugh every time! By the way, I am menopausal and I believe if you can't laugh about it it only makes it worse.

July 23, 2009 - 11:07am
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Anonymous

oops, I found this commercial offensive - but after reading the previous posts, I guess I just need a better sense of humor!!!

July 1, 2009 - 3:55pm
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Anonymous

It is funny, working with a group of people over 50, men and women, We all get through the best we can. However, I think this is funnier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDXwd8SVtTI&feature=related. But this could lighten the load more,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdP6bUMjaSc&feature=related

June 21, 2009 - 12:52pm
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