I was slightly irked by a line in a local newspaper this week. The lead article was about two women who are supporting a charity, and it rated as news because they are both successful media stars. However, the second paragraph placed them firmly in their traditional roles by describing them as “mothers”, an interesting side issue, but not at all relevant to the topic.
I grizzled, thus:
It was nice of you to point out that Jeanette Thomas and Trudi Nelson are “mothers”, even though that fact is totally irrelevant to the story about these two talented media people running up Skytower for charity. I look forward to your paper being completely consistent so that when you next write about Len Brown (if you really must) that you include his marital status and number of children.
and actually got a reply within minutes:
Thanks Steve. Which area are you from?
which also didn’t seem to be too relevant, so I continued the conversation:
I’m from Northcote but I come up to Red Beach a couple of times a week to be the after-school grandpa. I like reading the local rag.