Every Sunday I attempt to read the Sun Herald, but usually just end up flicking through it and marvelling at how their “revamped” look makes the entire thing look like badly-designed advertorial. (I can’t bring myself to read The Other One.) Why can’t we have a decent Sunday paper?
Anyway, the S section is a good place to find things to blog about. Like today’s Gossip page by Jo Casamento.
“Steph Rice sure let a good’un slip away in the form of Commonwealth Games medallist Eamon Sullivan.
While glamour girl Rice has been splashing her love life over the red carpet with Wallaby Quade Cooper, Sullivan was cutely showing off snaps to S of his 97-year-old gran, who will visit him in Sydney from Perth with his family at Christmas time.”
The message is pretty clear: that it’s Rice’s fault the relationship has ended, because she let him “slip away” (ie, she should have changed herself to keep him, or trapped him into marriage, because that’s all a woman should aspire to); that because he’s good looking and was talking about his grandmother to a gossip columnist (ie, clearly aware of the image he is projecting to a reporter), he’s a good catch; that she only went to the John Eales Medal dinner with her Wallaby boyfriend to show off; that she’s splashing her love life around everywhere like a huge dirty slut. Rice and Sullivan broke up in 2008 (thank you Google), so gossip columnists need to get over it and move on. The people in that relationship clearly have.
The next bit of eye-glazingly dull “gossip” is about Matt Shirvington giving a speech at his wife’s book launch. I don’t know how an official speech at an event that journalists were invited to counts as gossip, but apparently it is:
“Speaking of athletes, if you could bottle sprinter-turned-commentator Matt Shirvington, you would.
The Sky News sports presenter proved the perfect husband at wife Jess Shirvington’s book launch last week, giving a gorgeous yet humorous speech about her that had most girls in the room doe-eyed and swooning.”
The message here: that all it takes to be a “perfect husband” is to say nice things about your wife at her book launch. As if he was seriously going to say, ‘oh, the book’s ok, but it’s not really my thing, and yeah, she’s ok too, but like any couple, we disagree over things and don’t have enough sex’. Also, that grown women are “girls” who go weak at the knees around a “perfect husband”. (Because, again, the only thing women aspire to is finding and marrying Mr Right.)
This is the out-dated, sexist image of women being presented again and again, so is it any wonder that the MSM savaged Kristy Fraser-Kirk? Clearly she was just being an ungrateful cow for pointing out that being groped at work is against the law.