I’m a little bit in love with my waxer. It might have something to do with the forced intimacy when lying there without your trousers and talking about what you’ve been up to lately. But I think it’s mainly because she’s really interesting.
Anyway, we were talking about all of the celebrity crap we know, simply as a result of doing our jobs. We don’t seek out this information, but we have absorbed it – and no doubt something really important was kicked out of our brains to make room for this stuff. Yet if women sit and talk about celebrities, guys roll their eyes at the “stupid chick stuff” and how it’s a pointless conversation. Women don’t tend to have the same dismissive reaction to guys talking about sport, but that’s a reflection on the way we’ve all been socialised to value “male” topics and devalue “female” topics.
The thing is, sport news and celebrity news are exactly the same thing. Neither actually benefits your life, yet one is considered “real news” and the other dismissed as trivial gossip. If the purpose of news is to inform you about your world – so you know about things that are happening and so you can make moral/political/financial decisions – then why on earth is almost half of each news bulletin devoted to sport? To discussion of what happened in a game where two teams did stuff with a ball? And why is there a sports section in the newspaper every single day? Knowing that player A passed the ball to player B but he was offside and then he got busted drink-driving, is no different to knowing who Jennifer Aniston is going out with or that Lindsay Lohan got busted drink-driving.