Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Diary of a single girl - What is TOI up to?

Sample these for a mainstream newspaper's magazine content on a Sunday -
"I have the breasts of a Greek goddess and they are real. Just that I don’t appreciate some girl pushing her twins into my man’s face." 

"My opening line to guys is, “If you fall in love with me, I will run away.” I don’t hate men. Au contraire… it’s just that I’d sooner let a man into my pants, than in my heart."

"I woke at about 9am and was just about to open the attached bathroom door, when it opened and out walked out K —  stark naked —  towel on his head, drying his hair. He was as shocked to find me standing there (wearing nothing but a top and my thong, having kicked off my jeans sometime during the night) as I was to see him"

Every Sunday, I look forward to TOI, relish reading it and savor every word. Over the last few weeks however, I sense if something is not wrong. What is the TOI team trying to sell with this column - Diary of a single girl?

I hate taking the moral high ground. After all, a reader need not necessarily read every column in a newspaper. However, carrying a column like this on a sunday makes me wonder if reader tastes are changing. 

Are we calling ourselves liberal by setting yardsticks like this?

What role models are young women reading these columns getting?

Aren't posts like this feeding into the stereotypes associated with the female body and male libido? 

Where do we draw lines to writing like this? 

I know not. I only know that single girls who write diaries like this are not the kind of girls India needs right now. If this viewpoint is regressive, perhaps it is and I shall stand by it!

14 comments:

Hari said...

TOI is so full of crap these days...

Spelling mistakes, Factual errors... I sometimes feel that the journalists are +2 Fail students who had a disturbed childhood.

Its not a question of morality. I should say its a question of journalistic-sensibilities.

The other day another magazine published the story of a young woman. Read it here

Perfect example of most apathetic and insensitive reporting.

Many of my female friends who are about to get married have been pushed into panic and paranoia after reading that diary....

I've said this before I say it again, we need a censor/statutory organization controlling this sort of sensationalist and "yellow" pornalism.

Shiva said...

Journalistic sensibilities - hmm,,, perhaps that is the term!

I am just sad with the way press is going about using its powers...Unless these newspapers practice self regulation, there is little a third party can do to correct!

Aishwarya V said...
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Aishwarya V said...

I am glad I don't buy TOI. One day this newspaper wala had put TOI on my doorstep by mistake. What a big bundle of crap!

Someone broke up relationship with someone. Someone threw a surprise Bday party to her mom in the middle of her shooting, etc, etc. Is this so important to a reader's life?

The only good thing about TOI is that it fetches good money in the waste newspaper shop because of its larger kgs of nonsense

Shiva said...

@Aishwarya: Strong sentiments..! I guess I am addicted to the TOI for the entertainment it provides..hate it and love it..

BTW do you buy THE HINDU?

Aishwarya V said...

yeah The Hindu :)

Ganesh said...

Single girls who write diaries like this are best left single

ADRblogs said...

i'm glad i'm not the only one feeling awkward about this 'high society' article.

ashwani said...

NO USE OF WRITING THIS TYPE OF STUFF.I M READING TOI SINCE LAST 15 YRS .WRITING THIS TYPE OF THINGS
ONLY LOOSES THE INTEREST OF
READERS TOWARDS THE NEWSPAPER............

Ronnie said...
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Ronnie said...

I would tolerate crap from any newspaper. Well as they say, shit happens. But with TOI and this particular article, it is just not shit but truckloads of it. Imagine a teenage boy or a girl who reads this article when he or she is 15 or 16. Trust me if I was 15 or 16 and reading this bullshit, I would have definitely had my perception about women completely changed to something really really wrong and far away from reality. May be in a remote possibility there might be women like they mention in this stupid article, however I have been very fortunate to know a lot of good women who are kind at heart and quite frankly a treat to be with. But the sort of woman they picturize here, I would rather be with a whore.

This article really makes me think whether there is actually a woman in this country like that. If there is, she is a complete bitch and the guy who publishes it is a complete moron.

Shrek said...

May be am sane or out of my mind but women like this do exist and this is just an entertainment column which leads you to go through that high profile society of single MODELS...imagine what your life would have been...being A girl...dumped by many...being judged every time...ultimately single...and yet need to display your body in stripped dresses :P anyone at her place is bound to lead that way!

diaryman said...

of smell and fragrance.

http://diaryofanotsosingleman.blogspot.in/


NOT A COUNTERPOINT To Diary of a Single Girl

charlotte rodricks said...

I really used to look forward to reading diary of a single girl in the Times life.It was colloquial & interesting & I think the person in question who ever wrote that article is ambitious & independant not to mention living life on their own terms.