Have we really not moved past this shit in 90 years?
I’m going to make a confession. I have an unhealthy obsession with theToday Show on NBC. A good part of this is because I only have broadcast TV, so I only get five channels. However, there’s something else–something ineffable. I just can’t look away. It’s so awful. Rather than it being informative, I actually forget things I used to know while watching it. It basically serves as a validator of mostly-white, upper-middle-class, suburban values and stereotypes. At least they know their audience.
Anyway, this morning, like the rest of the media, they were happy as pigs in shit because there’s a sex scandal to talk about. With salacious transcripts! Now, irrespective of what you think of Spitzer (I think he’s a hypocritical fuck, but I also think that no one deserves to lose his or her job over consensual sexual encounters, whether money is exchanged or not.), the majority of the coverage of this event has been tabloid-level at best.
Leave it toToday to set the bar even lower. A rictus-grinning Meredith Vieira introduced a panel of two women and one man to discuss the following oh-so-enlightened question: “Why do men cheat?”
That’s right. As if women never do. So, basically, you have both the whole women-as-passive-victim and women-as-asexual stereotypes wrapped right up in that stupid, stupid question. You also have the goddam idiot “boys will be boys” idea tied to the query. Shit. To get that kind of sexism, you usually have to go to a fundie church or Free Republic. “Why do men cheat?” Again, it’s not just men–women do as well, asshole. And there are lots of reasons. Like any other social phenomenon, it’s fucking complicated. Looking for simple answers to complex questions is akin to, as my grandmother loved to say, pissing into the wind.
How in the fuck do these people command the huge salaries they receive? Arrrgh.