ICB: Tim doesn’t deserve to be given the bum’s rush
So the Prime Minister’s partner is being fingered for tastelessness after he cracked a bum joke. There’s the predictable outrage, although we haven’t yet heard from female Asian doctors whether they find it offensive to be accused of having slender fingers.
In case you missed it, Tim Mathieson, during a function at The Lodge, said of prostate cancer:
“We can get a blood test for it, but the digital examination is the only true way to get a correct reading on your prostate, so make sure you go and do that, and perhaps look for a small Asian female doctor ...”
Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer labeled the comments inappropriate and tasteless.
Hordes of enraged commenters hit the big red ‘misogyny’ button – misogyny being the new ‘unAustralian’ as a generic-to-the-point-of-meaningless catchcry.
But it’s really hard to tell what it is exactly that everyone’s upset about. It’s a little cringeworthy to hear the First Bloke crack jokes like a slightly gooby best man at a wedding. But does that make it racist, sexist, misogynistic?
Surely it’s safe to say that most men would prefer a smaller, rather than a larger finger inserted in their rectum by a relative stranger. It may not be the conversation to have as you chop ladyfingers into your muesli, but it’s fair to say.
It’s also fair to say that most women are more petite than most men, and most Asian women are more petite than Western women.
So why, exactly, is it offensive? And to whom?
Ms O’Dwyer’s criticism appears to be that there’s no joking about prostate cancer. I call bullshit. If humour helps to get a message across then bring in the clowns.
Prostate cancer kills about 3,300 men a year. That’s more than the number of women killed by breast cancer.
One in nine men will get it during their lifetime.
Early detection saves lives.
Men are notoriously bad at getting checked for all sorts of things, let alone when there’s the additional discomfort of an anal probe.
Talking about it and joking about it can be a way of dealing with the discomfort, of raising awareness and making it easier to talk about with your mates.
This is just yet another example of people desperately wanting to be offended on behalf of others – the sort of uptight nanny stateism that has helped lead us towards the prospect of these ridiculous anti-discrimination laws that make offensiveness unlawful.
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