Fun_People Archive
13 Dec
Bit o' Bull No. 351

Date: Wed, 13 Dec 95 23:19:12 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Bit o' Bull No. 351


TRENDS IN REPORTAGE.  A posting in the alt.journalism Usenet group
(see Internet) has it:
     "Just overheard: 'When police arrived, they found one man
dead and his wife, a woman, standing ..."  Is there a weekly
effort to lower minimum IQ standards for viewers, or did it hit
bottom a while ago?"
     Came the answer:  "You've obviously missed out on the trend.
'The Last Seduction,' 'The Crying Game' plus a host of other
movies have revealed the growing number of men who inadvertently
marry or date other men. The current edition of Broadcast News
Style Guide (online edition at notes
that it is proper to indicate the sex of spouses, especially in
cases involving death.  It is also proper to reveal the sex of a
person generally, whenever it is known.
     "To provide maximum clarity, the following form should be
used:  'At the U.N. today, Dr. Singh, a woman, introduced the
French diplomat, a different woman, to her male husband, a man.
To clarify, two women and one man were involved.  One of the women
was married to the man. Even though the woman's title was "Doctor"
she was still a woman. Women are female, while men are male.'"

[=] © 1995 Peter Langston []