The Dawn Chorus

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Media Still Shocked To Learn That Short-Statured Woman Is Having, Has Had Sex

Posted by Clem Bastow on June 29, 2008

You know, there are times when you assume that there is a fair proportion of the world that is pretty screwed up, and then there are times when you know it – this has been one of those weeks. First there was the “ew gross” reaction to Verne Troyer’s sex tape (the “ew” coming presumably not because another celebrity made a sex tape, but because Troyer – who has achondroplasia – had the audacity to live his life as a normal, red-blooded heterosexual male rather than the sexless, infantilised and tee-hee-funny “Mini Me”), and now the Australian media – specifically, Fairfax Digital’s Brisbane Times (via the Sun-Herald) – has outdone itself again while dealing with Big Brother08′ contestant, Rima Hadchiti.

This article (timed to coincide with Rima’s re-entry into the House) makes its tone clear from the get-go with the gee-whiz title, “BB’s tiny dancer a ‘sexual being'” and gets worse from there, including describing the belly-dancer as “pint sized” (eee, don’t you just want to squeeze her tiny little cheeks?), and then standing back in hushed horror/awe as Rima, again, is asked to explain her motivation for “those” nude shots on IShotMyself.com:

“I took them as a political statement that was meant to show that while I am short and different, I am still sexual,” she said.

“I knew they were going to come out eventually … I don’t mind because I am actually quite proud.”

Honestly, between this and Kyle Sandilands’ treatment of Rima on the BB08 launch night (talking to her partner as though he was some sort of sick weirdo, asking them to kiss goodbye and making an “ooh, weird!” face to camera, etc) and everything in between, it’s almost too much to bear.

Here’s a tip, media of Australia: lots of PEOPLE are having sex, possibly even right now! Men are having sex with men! Women are having sex with women! Short-statured people are having sex! Blind people! Deaf people! Old people! People who use wheelchairs! People from other countries!

And here I was, thinking only white, straight couples were allowed to “do it”. They sure showed me!

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