The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, known as the CDC in most zombie-related film and literature, is a serious organization — with a penchant for getting silly from time to time.
Due to the CDC’s near-constant presence in apocalypse fic (The Stand and The Walking Dead both heavily featured a CDC pilgrimage in their early storylines), the public health agency did a humorous bit about zombies not too long ago, using their notability in the genre as an effective way to spread disaster preparedness information.
The choice of zombie media as a promotion was a wise one, as the tie-in was clear and the affection for zombie movies and books in the blogosphere is such that the info was re-posted and spread as intended — but another attempt made recently at humor coming out of the CDC was not as well-received, particularly by feminist bloggers who found the more recent bit offensive.
It’s not that humor and education don’t mix well, but the particular slant of the CDC’s Wedding Survival Guide relied upon some worn out and unpleasant stereotypes about women — mainly those planning a wedding — to make its point.
It appears that the CDC’s Wedding Day Survival Guide (posted to the official CDC guide) is really about preparedness for extreme weather, like a hurricane. But one passage, taken directly from 50’s sitcoms, raised rankles in the blogosphere for its misogyny — although with old jokes about calming women with chocolate, it’s almost more an offense to humor:
“You never know when Bridezilla might pop up. When dealing with an emotional bride, try to remember your loved one is probably stressed out and will soon return to her caring self after the wedding is over. Be supportive and have some bottled water from your emergency kit and a box of chocolate on hand.”
You can read the CDC’s entire Wedding Day Survival Guide over on their site.