Thursday, September 22, 2005

Pure Bias
SportsIllustrated.com attacks men in a blatantly biased piece about hand-washing at baseball games:

Men are dirtier than women. So scientists confirmed by spying in public restrooms, watching as one-quarter of men left without washing their hands.

The worst offenders were at an Atlanta Braves game.

In contrast, 90 percent of the women did wash up.
Actually, scientists confirmed no such thing—all they confirmed is that women wash their hands more than men do. Until there is some element of determining how much bacteria can be found on the faucets, or the paper-towel dispensers, or (God forbid) the hand dryers, there is no way to determine who's actually dirtier.

I mean, have you ever been in a baseball stadium's men's room? Personally, I have no desire to touch ANYTHING, unless I've urinated on my own hand—which is exceedingly rare. I know approximately how dirty my own anatomy is, but I can't say the same thing for the sinks. Women obviously don't think things through.

And Sports Illustrated would be wise not to insult their primary audience.

2 comments:

Exile said...

perhaps it is fair to say that men are dirtier precisely because we do not wash their hands. In this paradigm the word "dirtier" does not imply literally a greater amount of bateria, dirt, etc. but refers to the mindset that leads men to wash less. a person can be a "dirty person" and remains so even just after he has taken a shower.

I agree with your other assertion though. I rarely feel good about touching a sink in a mens bathroom.

jason said...

That's truly excellent. You're right; SI should be very careful about this approach to maintaining an audience. Seems like a bad way to win favor with the folks payin' the bills.