The editor gave me a bigtime chewing-out this morning, accusing me of shoddy journalism and of failing to do my research before writing a story about the U of M engineers' Red Loin magazine.
No, wait, tell the shop steward to calm down, turn off the alarms and sirens at the union office, order the union's lawyers to stand down. I said the editor, not THE EDITOR.
This was the editor of Red Lion chewing me out, the (partially because of me) now-notorious publication of the University of Manitoba Engineering Society.
Actually, despite what the editor says, I didn't write my stories on Red Loin based on headlines, I read the stories which accompanied those headlines and those illustrations. The Red Loin is the annual issue of the Red Lion which is apparently, supposedly, allegedly intended as entertaining humour.
I also went on-line last Thursday and read some of the Red Lion back issues from the late 70s and early to mid 80s, just before the archives disappeared from the UMES website sometime Thursday afternoon.
If anything, they were raunchier than this latest issue of Red Loin -- somehow, the word 'raunchy' seems far too tame and polite to describe this publication's contents -- and the homophobia in the content 25 years ago seemed to be acceptable and the norm to the editors of the day. But nothing has changed in the publication's approach to gender issues and to some men's definition of women's purpose for existing.
One quibble about our coverage here in the mainstream media -- Red Loin is not just offensive to women, it is offensive to both women and men.
Meanwhile, back to the editor........given that you're telling me how to do my job, and you're an exalted editor, after all, and as a reporter I am but a lowly proletarian drone, maybe you could continue to educate me here and continue to show me the error of my ways.
Since I don't seem to get it, and keeping in mind that I'm very old and very dim and not a male engineer, could you help me understand how publishing statistical tables about the average size of a clitoris, levels of vaginal acidity, and average menstrual flow measured in cups would be entertaining, humourous, and non-offensive?