A Quote Comment
Mar 03, 2009
I've watched the U.S. Farm Report every Saturday morning for several years. It is a fine program full of interesting news and valuable information. I also look forward to the weather forecasts, American rural lore and weekly quotes of wisdom as well. I can usually find no fault in any episode but on Saturday, February 28th a quote by the Feminist author Jilly Cooper raised the hackles on the back of my neck: "The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things." Whether spoken in jest or tongue-in-cheek, had it been said by a male about the female gender the Feminists would've been quick to denounce it as sexist and yet another example of male arrogance and insensitivity. Apparently, we males aren't the only ones who practice what may only be perceived as a double standard.
Rick - thanks for watching and for your feedback. I choose the quotes myself, so it is my sense of humor that is at issue. I have noticed over the last few months a distinct increase in our sensitivity to umbrage. My guess is the changes we have witnessed have put us all more on edge and less likely to laugh off suspected slights.
I accept your criticism, but find the quote in question to be about par for my selections. No offense was intended.
Thanks for writing.