bbc hack, John Inverdale, decided he know what looks good or not for all – so much for democracy there – and that he has to air this for all.
I think that perhaps its interesting that the bbc + other mass media people and orgs, do not seem to differentiate between an apology, eg happens, but didn’t mean to hurt, and sorry – eg I will not do this again, and try my best to keep it.
Perhaps they do, and I just do not understand their meaning?
Anyhow, for me, the more interesting element here is the difference, the movement between Law, Legitimacy, Actuality and Presentation. Am not sure if there is a law banning sexist (macho or femo) lingo of any kind, however we do have laws against sex discrimination, and they do not seem to thwart the legitimacy, in some clusters/networks, of discriminating by sex – as the case is with race – (and we do not have laws against economic discrimination..).
Actuality, is the fact that people do discriminate and that the legal route might place hardships on that – but because legality is about appearance rather than being, I should appear as if I didn’t rob the bank – but if I told my lovers, family and friends (actuality) – will they accept that?
By placing many efforts upon the appearance, the legalities of discrimination, there is also a wide space between appearance and presentation that allows – in this case -discrimination life. If the presentation was something like:
I know I shouldn’t think like that, and I do not mean to hurt anyone – just a funny thought – good job Bartoli won the tennis Wimbledon, because, lets face it, she’d never made it as a model.
Something like that would still bring the looks – wtf, when has that Inverdale looked last in the mirror??!! – but presenting as some odd personal “thing” that accepts the difference with other perceptions. Ofcourse, this brings the discourse into how a woman appears, and that is exactly the point.
Say someone said something like:
I know I shouldn’t think like that, and I do not mean to hurt anyone – just a funny thought – good job Bartoli won the tennis Wimbledon, beecause , lets face it, everytime I see her, I want to piss of her face.
That wouldn’t bring the issue of face pissing and golden showers into the discourse, but the twisted mind – or otherwise – of the speaker, because pissing inpublic and on someone’s face is illegitimate and actually disturbing – just like I hope one day ALL discrimination – including sex – will become..