Monday, November 28, 2005

Reporter strikes again

The reporter emailed about the cats obsessed with women story again. Now she wants to know if we know of anyone who is single and has more than 10 cats because they want to interview her. Note this has to be women - not men who might have more than 10 cats, because you know, single men with more than 10 cats simply cannot exist. This is akin in my mind to saying, do you know of any large/short people so we can make fun of them.

I told her (and this is true) that I don't go around asking people for their marital status or how many cats they have generally.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am "girl"cotting NP and I am asking people of both sexes to do so too,

28/11/05 11:40 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

"girl" cotting - I like that :)

28/11/05 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we feedback to the chief editor?

28/11/05 11:53 AM  
Anonymous imp said...

i think this particular reporter/article is biased to begin with. good that you choose not to have anything to do with it. i'd hate for the article to come out and realized that she twisted my words.

28/11/05 12:04 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We gave her a quote where we said that we think this is a gross over-generalisation and that people of both sexes adopt cats.

28/11/05 12:06 PM  
Blogger kuro.shiro.neko said...

and people of VARIOUS races too :)

many ignorantbies still believe that malays love cats and chinese hate cats to this day!

28/11/05 12:51 PM  
Blogger yskat said...

The worst thing is that the reporter may find some unsuspecting single women who are willing to be interviewed. It is a case of: if you decide what you want to see, you will find it. The article, if written, will say more about the biased views of the writer (and perhaps our society) than the "truth" about cat owners. Perhaps those who have been contacted by the reporter can write to the editor of the paper to register their displeasure.

28/11/05 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gosh - you guys are so sensitive! yah, lots of stupid reporters out there with more time on their hands than is good for them out to do some amateur research work. but check out these sites for perhaps a little better done research on gender and pet ownership - also gender and how it relates to the perception of the role of animals in our lives.

http://www.psyeta.org/sa/sa5.1/wells.html
http://www.glcensus.org/press/Pets.html

how about doing a survey of your own to see what men and women think of cats?

28/11/05 3:51 PM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

The problem is TNP is not interested in the relationship between pet ownership and gender. TNP already knows what kind of "model" it wants - a spinster (female) with possibly too many cats she can handle (re. Bt Batok lady who had so many cats she had no space for her belongings).

Hoarders do not have a single profile. Some of them are male; others are female. Some of them are single, some married, some divorced and so on. Remember this case of the karang guni man who got burnt to death because he refused to leave his things behind when his charcoal stove caught fire?

The question which begs to be answered is why do people hoard things - cats, cartons, newspapers, and so on. Why do these people hoard things? What drives them to do so?

TNP doesn't seem interested in answering these questions. Instead, it seemed intent in perpetuating the "cat lady" stereotype - you know, old and lonely spinster ("bo lang ai") seeking solace from her cats.

28/11/05 4:04 PM  
Blogger Monkey said...

The "crazy cat lady" is a cult classic akin to one the bearded lady at the freak show that is the TNP. Nothing without such cliches won't do for them. Even for "positive things". I was hounded by a poor reporter because her editor wont let up that i dont have anything more quirky for her to write just coz i wont some prize. zzzz I honestly don't blame the reporter. I blame the editor with a bent for the kinda story they think readers (which are essentially... us) want to read.

anyways, i think it'd be more interesting to know of men with more than 10 cats since cats are "stereotypically" a woman's best friend ;)

28/11/05 4:38 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Interesting studies Anonymous, but as Mrs Budak pointed out, it's not about whether more women own cats than men, it's about whether more women are obsessive and hoard cats. Hoarding is a problem - it cuts across gender, age and sex. The most famous hoarders were two brothers who were killed by the furniture they owned.

Would we be having this discussion if it was about how many men own more sportscars than women? I think not.

28/11/05 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that you're comparing cats to inanimate objects. The motivation to hoard "stuff" and to keep many cats is completely different. I would have thought that those who have plenty of cats are those who have ample compassion for cats whereas those who hoard possessions are a totally different story altogether.

29/11/05 10:36 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually it isn't at all. Do go to the link on Animal hoarding on my links page. Hoarding is not taking in cats out of compassion - it's not about the cats any longer, but about the person. According to reports, many hoarders don't even know how many cats they have, nor their names. In some horrible situations, they found fridges full of dead animals. Also, in hoarding cases, most animals are in terrible condition.

In one of the cases I went to, the woman was oblivious to the fact that the cats were sick - she was insistent she didn't want to take them to the vet.

29/11/05 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"cats obsessed with women" ... WHAT?!!? Haha. Hilarious typo.

2/12/05 9:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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2/12/05 10:47 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Ooops *BLUSH* - I stand corrected. Must be all the cat fur getting to my brain again.

2/12/05 10:52 PM  

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