Hang out on news websites long enough and you’ll drown in the quirky human interest stories that used to be at the end of the tv/radio news. It’s no surprise, given they’ll dealing with people who are bored at work:
One hundred thousand men sick of copping a monthly serve from cranky wives and girlfriends have signed up for an online reminder service that warns when pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is about to hit.
Apparently, 4000 Australians have signed up. With 10.4 million men in the country, that’s only 0.0384615%.
There are two things about this story that make me uneasy: firstly, in their rush to present new news all day, news websites promote trivial stories based on small web-based groups; and secondly, the sexism is barely noticed. I’m not about to go all angry-feminist on you, but the story could just have easily been ‘At least 100,000 men worldwide are unable to work out how long a monthly cycle is’.
Check out this other clanger from the same website: Desperate son had sex with mum. Makes you think mum offered her services, doesn’t it? The headline should have been ‘Son rapes wheelchair-bound mum’.