Quote of the week

The most riveting moment in the interview [with Prince Andrew] came at the very end. The Prince, finally acknowledging Epstein’s deeds, said, “Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming? Yes.” Maitlis immediately dispensed with the inappropriate euphemism. “Unbecoming? He was a sex offender,” she replied, forcing the Prince to reckon with the brute fact. Being challenged: Prince Andrew must have found that experience unsettling and unfamiliar—even further from his rarefied experience than eating pizza, taking selfies, and recognizing the personal autonomy of members of the serving class, those people passing through whom one doesn’t need to notice.

Rebecca Mead
The New Yorker
14 February 2007

Boucher’s bum….

A story on News24 on why so many women go to the cricket these days, caught my eye. The eye-popping quote:

Interviewed on TV, one young woman said she came to watch because she loved the game, her friend came for a tan, and another wanted to see “Boucher’s bum”.

Don’t think the woman would have mentioned Boucher’s bum 15 years ago. Can we say it constitutes advancement in gender equality when men are also treated as sex objects?

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