The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 March 2006

Nigel Wick speaks up

Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson did the 20Q thing with Playboy this month — by which I mean April — and get a load of Q6:

PLAYBOY:  Your Maureen Dowd interview was almost flirtatious. What was going on? Can you have as much fun with Ann Coulter?

FERGUSON:  I adore Dowd. I find her endlessly fascinating, endlessly sexy. She's very female, and I like that. But one of the things I like most is that when I challenge her on something, she seems delighted. It's what makes her such a good writer. Coulter thinks that everyone who disagrees with her has a political stance contrary to hers. She's strident and seems angry about something. Maybe it's just an act, but she has kept it up every time I've met her.

I'm not persuaded that it's an act, but if it is, it's a good one: I never hear of her breaking character.

This alleged Dowdian delight on being challenged is apparently something she switches on and off, depending on whether she wants to be Dr Jekyll or Miss Heidi; I await further research into this matter. I will point out, though, that anything more animated than obvious boredom will be interpreted by some guys as being flirtatious: Amanda Congdon caught some complaints about yesterday's Rocketboom. She replied:

If two men had a chuckle together, would that be flirting? I find it very sexist that every time I have a good time with the person I am interviewing (whether it be Steve [Brudniak] or Senator Edwards) people misconstrue it as "flirting" because I am woman. It just goes to show how women still can't be looked at without that weird sexual angle. It's 2006 and gender equality is just so far away. I realize that more and more every day.

Me, I think all sexual angles are weird, but maybe that's just me. I would suggest, though, that gender equality isn't the issue here: rather, it's gender interchangeability, which is even farther away and which I am not anxious to approach.

Posted at 6:21 AM to Table for One , Warn Mode Due

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Which is the more offensive nonsense word: sexism or homophobia? Both of these words were invented in order to include white kids in the great discrimination derby. The civil rights crusade couldn’t simply be dumped after it succeeded in its...[read more]

I immediately cease reading when anybody claims that anything is sexist.

The alleged sin of sexism is one of the silliest and most nonsensical inventions of the past 30 years, exceeded in silliness and nonsense perhaps only by the witless term, homophobia.

Sexism is a term used by the dumbest of the dumb to designate their hatred of the natural order of the universe.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas at 7:44 AM on 15 March 2006

Well, then you're just as much of a kneejerker as any stereotypical man-hating feminist.

The word "sexism" itself has become overused and tiresome. Why not call it what it really is -- boorishness? In the Good Old Days when men were men and women were ladies, no man who didn't want to be labelled a cad and a masher would have claimed that a woman's every kind word to a man was a sexual come-on.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 9:14 AM on 15 March 2006

That is, indeed, Andrea, a much better formulation.

Who said that I was in favor of cads and mashers?

Posted by: Shouting Thomas at 10:14 AM on 15 March 2006

I didn't. Just don't jerk the knees!

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 5:35 PM on 15 March 2006

I wish I could jerk my knees. At least I'd have the satisfaction of seeing the damn things moving.

(I fear there's more surgery in my future.)

Posted by: CGHill at 6:11 PM on 15 March 2006