It’s always interesting to me what stories the US media picks up on from the Americas. For instance, my Yahoo!® news feed threw this headline at me yesterday: “Pork better for sex than Viagra?” The little description blurb that followed said something about the President of Argentina recommending pork for a better sex life. I don’t get a whole lot of news from Yahoo!®, so I could be wrong about this, but it seems to me that the last time I saw anything about Argentina come through their service was back during that country’s economic crisis. Was this the story to bring Argentina back into the headlines?
According to the sparse article, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner recently spoke to a group of leaders from the pig industry in Argentina and told them, “I’ve just been told something I didn’t know; that eating pork improves your sex life.” She went on to say that she had recently eaten pork before a weekend getaway with her husband Néstor Kirchner and “things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true.” Okay. First of all, is this news? Not really. Maybe in Argentina, but not here. Having read nothing else about it, it seems to me that she was joking. Her real agenda I would guess is trying to get Argentines to eat something other than beef, which they eat a lot of, because it’s getting really freaking expensive there. Two, why this story? Is it just me or this ridiculous bit out there because Argentina has a female president? The suggestion is that she is both dumb and oversexed—a perfect pair for newsboys stuck in their cubicles all day.
In reality, Fernández is a former Senator and a lawyer. Sound like a oversexed bimbo who can’t keep Viagra and pork straight to you? What is more of a story than an off-the-cuff remark about pork is the fact that Fernández is the first elected female president of that country and statistically beat the snot out of her opponents in that election. Of course, that was followed by a couple of scandals and some serious labor problems. (FYI: I don’t think I’d like to be President of Argentina anytime soon.) But that’s all left to real news outlets. For us folks in the US…way to stay classy, Yahoo!®. I’ll stick to the BBC for English-language news about the Americas, thank you.