This evening on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart presented a segment on sexism in the Senate and the body comments Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was subjected to as her body weight fluctuated during pregnancy and at other times.
The segment was brilliant and the disturbing factor was greatly amplified by the commentary Stewart shared that featured a panel of women at FOX News discussing how, basically, they enjoy being subjected to inappropriate comments.
However, one stone was left unturned when the following clip appeared on the screen — from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports — without the tackling of the word “lewd” versus “lude.”
I have been a reporter outside of the hurried web (where I have scores of typos) for several months now and have tried to refrain from criticizing the typos of others because …. let he who is without typos cast the first ….key? However, this one is too good to pass up.
By misspelling the word “lewd” as “lude,” we have a story within a story…a nesting doll of subtext. What we have here is a story about sexism in the workplace featuring a headline with a street reference to Quaaludes, which Merriam Webster defines as a proprietary name for methaqualone – a downer. While I would consider sexism in the workplace a downer behavior, I don’t think that is what MSNBC was trying to convey here….or maybe they were.
I love a good undertone.
Snark outside, you should watch the report on MSNBC, because the actual story is an important commentary on how women — no matter how far they rise — are still treated as objects by many of their contemporaries.