Dr Mumbo’s most compelling read of the day? “The Hun Mole”, who writes for the University of Melbourne’s student title Farrago about the experiences of doing work experience at the Herald Sun.
She reveals: “Throughout the week, I was consistently subjected to patronising attitudes, being referred to as ‘Little Bud’, ‘Champ’ and ‘Kidlet.’ Men were also continuously and unnecessarily sexist, waiting for me to walk through doors and leave the elevator before them.” The pigs.
And: “Basic fact checking would have refuted many of the heteronormative, white, elitist opinions expressed in that building.”
Dr Mumbo suspects that she was inspired to write the piece by The Fox Mole. It took about 24 hours for Gawker’s Fox News insider to be identified in the US. It took even less for the Herald Sun to identify its mole as one Sasha Burden. Curiously, considering how much she hated it, The Australian reports that she did two lots of work experience there, just to make sure.
Dr Mumbo can find only one example within the pages of Farrago of Burden’s byline – a piece called “How to be my girlfriend“. It would seem that, if a newspaper job doesn’t suit, she could take a crack at a non-heteronormative version of 50 Shades Of Grey. Ms Burden writes:
“We’ll climb onto the roof and I’ll start worrying about getting caught and you’ll take your top off. You’ll go down on me as I look at the stars until I get too nervous about someone seeing us. We’ll stumble back to mine and I’ll give you a piggy back for the last one hundred meters because you’re too drunk to walk and I’ll slam you against the door and kiss you and your hair will be long and black and my eyelids will throb.”
Which is nice.