Monday, February 20, 2006

Sexism alive and well in our esteemed journals

There was a terrible accident in Victoria this weekend. Six young people have lost their lives when mowed down by a motor car. No, motor car sounds too disconnected. Mowed down by a motor car driver.

But what is this about?

Killed instantly in the crash were brother and sister, Shane Hirst, 16, and Abby, 17.

It is from The Age who should do better. Male first perhaps if they were equal age, but if she was older, then her name should be first. I would have thought that would be the protocol. Surely it should read

Killed instantly in the crash were sister and brother, Abby Hirst, 17 and Shane, 16.

I see it as blatant sexism. In the few seconds it has taken me to write, the whole online story at The Age's website has changed. You have to take my word for it.

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