I always naively think that the British Times is above your common-level misogyny, but it seems I'm wrong again. A piece today on Sandra Bullock's legal battle to secure her husband's custody of his daughter is misogyny-laden from start to finish. You see, Bullock is 'America's Sweetheart'. The mother of said daughter is a porn star. Ergo, Bullock would be a good mother, and the porn star - the whore, the slut - must be a bad mother. Dammit, the Times author didn't even try to cover up his blatant bias. Observe:
America's sweetheart, the actress Sandra Bullock, is being dragged into an unpleasant legal battle to prove that she is a better parent than her husband’s former wife, the star of more than 100 pornographic movies.
His ex-wife Janine Lindemulder, 40, star of such video titles as Mrs Behavin’, Sleeping Booty and Dyke Diner, disagrees. She has just been released from a six-month prison sentence for tax evasion.
The tattooed blonde remains in a halfway house in Los Angeles until the end of this year when she can seek custody of her daughter.
Now, it has to be noted that the rest of the piece does not paint Bullock's husband in a favourable light, but none of what he has done previously (even leaving his seven-month pregnant wife) means that he could possibly be a bad parent. You see, boys will be boys! But women who enjoy sex, who have sex because it's their choice to do so, or who are involved in the sex industry are, de facto, bad people. You didn't hear it here first.