Friday, September 11, 2009

Another Reason I HATE the Media

Ok, so we've all heard the jokes and carrying on about how unattractive Caster is. Truth is, everyone can't be pretty or even cute so that isn't even what this blog is about. Big deal, the girl isn't cute but then again Venus and Serena weren't either until they decided to spruce themselves up...entirely different blog to clown around about.

Back to Caster...

The results about Caster's gender are in and instead of the media TACTFULLY addressing the issue by offering a simple statement of "Yes, she's a woman", they put her on RIDICULOUS blast. But then again, when has the media EVER been tactful about anything pertaining to the personal lives of others? Rarely, if ever.

I used to work with this older lady who shared with me how she was a medical anomaly, so much so that her situation was used as an example in a medical journal in the country where she is from, as proof that medically, weird things do happen to people. She had 2 sets of female reproductive organs but only 1 set could carry a baby full term. Some science fiction shat, huh? But all true. In her situation, she had a choice as to whether or not she wanted the world to know about her condition...Caster had no choice whatsoever and it is almost as if the public feels more entitled to an explanation than to express any type of humanity towards her and give her some privacy.

I'd be embarrassed as hell if I'd been living as a woman ALL my life and here comes the media to tell the ENTIRE WORLD that even though I have a vagina, I can't have babies and I'm more of a man...on the inside. Imagine all the relationships she's had...if she's been involved with simpletons who would translate that as "I had sex with a man"...imagine the harassment she's about to receive.

The people who initiated this media circus around her, get to go home and sleep comfortably in their beds with their families...the media are on to the next person to harass all the while, never stopping to consider how their portrayal of others ultimately affects them once their shatstorms have ceased around the person.

I understand the whole freedom of speech thing and since I am a writer myself, I am sensitive to censorship on certain levels but the media just gets OUT OF CONTROL and no one is there to enforce ANY kind of rules on them. The media is free to report suspect information, causing one-dimensional minded people to form all these rumors and "what ifs" about people they don't even know. The media NEVER has to apologize for their outlandish behavior...NEVER. They report untrue things ALL the time and then brush it off as though it was a simple misspelling on an entrance exam.

This is a BIG reason I began to steer clear of journalism and decided interviewing "stars" was not for me. The public's blood thirst for foolishness far surpasses their quest for knowledge and truth. This situation with Caster wasn't about SINCERELY finding out IF she was a man or woman; it was another source of entertainment to many people and THAT'S sad.

I think I've run out of words on this situation because it infuriates me so much...

10 points of view:

Jeri Holloway said...

I'm with you on this.

Milly said...

Media was trying to break this girl's spirit because of her great atheletic ability

always4evamoi said...

im with u on that situation... triple schm!

phallatio said...

This man does not have a womb.

Assertive Wit said...

Milly, I think the media was being unnecessarily evil on this one.

Phallatio, Your comment gives off a certain tone I'm not sure I can place but I will say this...that WOMAN wasn't living her life with a penis, then conveniently turned it into a vagina to race. While it was reported that she doesn't have a womb and has internal testes that produce more male hormones than female, there was ALSO proof that she has the genitals of a woman. Therefore, the whole point of this media debacle was to determine if she had been cheating; it has been proven that she didn't cheat, therefore, her "condition" did not need to be publicized like this.

Assertive Wit said...

For anyone who would like to read the article, here you go:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/11/2683807.htm

♥Nikki Ms.Healthy KISSES♥ said...

WOW...this brought tears to my eyes! I Couldn't agree with you more!

NaturallyAlise said...

I felt terrible about this story from day one. I knew it would be sensationalized and that people would run with it to a place it didn't deserve to go and fall into the hands of the homophobic, sexist, judgmental public... ugh... folks like your commenter above: having no womb makes you not a woman?... not that alone, but you would never reach out of your box to even ponder that, le sigh...

yours truly said...

i'm glad you blogged on this. i've been disgusted with this entire debacle since it started. they have done that girl a serious injustice for something that clearly is not her fault. it is shameful.

a black girl who did date said...

Now the media is responsible for this 18 yr old woman being placed on suicide watch. The only reason it became an issue is becuase she beat someone in a race. Now her whole genital area is being discussed on the nightly news. How horrible!!!!

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