Our local Comcast sports channel runs a pre and post-game show during every Eagles game. Last night I saw a promo for the show. In addition to the usual cast - Ike Reese, Ray Didinger, Vaughn Hebron and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (that's a topic for another day) ... the voice-over added "and the lovely Kathy Romano."
There's no doubt that she is lovely. It's TV, so it's part of the reason she got the job. She does this thing called "Roaming With Romano" where she ... um ... roams around and talks to fans (guys) who probably shove each other out of the way for a shot to get close to her. That's not the point.
The point is the "lovely" introduction. Is it sexist to introduce a woman as lovely if you aren't going to say something about the men on the show? Hebron is a nice looking guy, why don't they describe him as handsome?
We (the societal we) feel compelled to describe women in a physical sense but men don't get the same treatment. You rarely hear men introduced as handsome or with some other descriptive word. I guess we think it's polite, but maybe it's condescending? After all, if women and men are equals (they are, right?) then shouldn't they be afforded the same courtesy. Besides, what if I don't think someone is lovely? Do I get three minutes for rebuttal?
I think too much.
Is lovely a necessary adjective to use when describing a woman? Why not "the articulate Kathy Romano?"
Oh, I forgot. It's television.