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30 January 2015 @ 06:28 am
Fat, ugly scientist wins Nobel Prize  
Colleen McCullough's obituary as horrible example of how mainstream media write about women.

Thanx to Metafilter

ETA: #MyOzObituary
Maia Cmaiac on January 30th, 2015 11:53 am (UTC)
I note that the particularly horrible example comes from the Australian. I recently saw a headline from that source that described 24-year-old Lassana Bathily, who saved many customers of the Parisian kosher grocery that was attacked by gunmen, as "a 'good' Muslim boy". It did not surprise me, when I poked around to find out what's up with the Australian, that it's owned by Rupert Murdoch.

But yes, I shouldn't be distracted by "Oh well, that's what we can expect from a Rupert rag". Rebecca Shaw rightly points out that it's not just the Rupert rags that are working so hard to relegate women to cookin', cleanin', and pleasin' the menfolk.
don_fitch on January 30th, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! when a woman gets her obituary published in a major newspaper, it's almost always because she's done something more notable than her relationships with men, and a competent Editor ought to have sent anything like the ones noted back to the "journalist" who wrote it, with a note something like "She may well have been fat, ugly, a good (or bad) cook, good mother, or whatever. Millions of women are, but that is not why we're publishing her obit.: please put that stuff in the final paragraph, if you must include it, not the lede".

blue shark of friendlinessckd on January 30th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Turns out that obit was one that had been on the shelf so long, its author had died.

The good news is that Twitter took on the task of mocking it with #myozobituary and even included a swipe at the obit's author: "Despite being a small-minded, insular twerp, he found employment as a small-minded insular obituary writing twerp".
tx_cronopiotx_cronopio on January 30th, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I spent some time yesterday playing around on Politico, where everyone who hates Hillary was just talking about her cankles.

El Coyote Gordo: liberalsupergee on January 30th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
We could be governed by somebody with ugly ankles?!?! The Terrorists would win!!!
Lydy Nickersonlydy on January 30th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
What are cankles?
tx_cronopiotx_cronopio on January 30th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
It's an ugly word for fat ankles.
Lydy Nickersonlydy on January 30th, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
I know I asked, but I kind of wish I didn't know this.
Lydy Nickersonlydy on January 30th, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
You know, when I die, very possibly the most notable thing about me will be the romantic relationships I've had with men. And they won't be mentioned in my obit because I didn't marry them, and had several relationships simultaneously. God knows what they will say. I'm not on track to accomplish very much in my life except, you know, be happy and sometimes contribute to the happiness of others. Which is ok by me, but makes a boring obit.

This obit, by the way, was quite stunning, in a stunned ox sort of way.
Steve Green: Garfieldstevegreen on January 31st, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Ye gods.