The article shows again the prevailing double-standard that pertains to men and women. Even back in my high school days in the 1960s, boys that ran around, making numerous conquests, were looked up to as being studs. While the girls who were conquered, or had the audacity--the audacity, mind you--to sleep around, were derided as sluts.
What's brought these behaviors to the forefront is Americans insatiable appetite for LCD (Lowest Common Denominator) TV. The aptly named "boob tube" provides us with a non-stop feast of sordid tales of women gone wild. And we eat it up and clamor for more. Even the supposed "Best in the News" business, CNN, likes to wallow in the pathetic tales of the bimbo of the moment. One need to look no further than CNN's over-the-top stories on the tragic death of the former stripper Anna Nicole Smith. Or the paper of record, the NYT. We've got two wars going to hell in a hurry, yet the Times loves to give front page coverage to the latest idiocies committed by the likes of a Paris or Britnney.
Yes, we Americans are a cultured and sophisticated lot, reveling in matters that have a real impact on what America is doing and where we're going. Thankfully, journalistic titans such as CNN and the NYT keep the thought-provoking and informative news at bay. For that frees us up for much more important matters, like watching Entertainment Tonight or that next NASCAR race where we can use our razor-sharp minds to debate whether or not Dale Jr. is as good a driver as his Daddy. Our junk food for the brain.
Aug 18 2007 - 5:43am