Okay. So it's official. I'm ticked at MSNBC. Thanks to a friend on myspace who discovered this, I ventured over to check it out. I assumed that as a news organization interested in partiality and fairness that this 'poll' would be better worded than that. My bad. My mistake.
Here's the gist. Stuck in the middle of a plug for Danielle Steele's new book, Rogue, is a question: Do you read romance novels? First, I'd like to say that I don't consider Danielle Stelle a romance novelist. She is nowhere in my top one hundred authors. Even two hundred for that matter. So I have no idea why this question is stuck in the middle of this promotion. Second, why in the world would you insult millions of women by phrasing the damn question in such an elitest, demeaning way. Somebody wasn't thinking clearly - or already had a preconcieved idea - born of years of abuse to romance books. Yes, I know this isn't a scientific survey. Yes, I know this is somewhat trival. But these types of things ANNOY the living daylights out of me. Here's the wording:
Do you read romance novels?
Yes, yes, yes! Bodice-rippers are my ultimate escape.
No way. I don't touch those books.
Sometimes, while on vacation or at the beach.
So, please take a moment and visit MSNBC's Romance Poll. You have to scroll way, way down the page to find the link. Don't give up.
Vote as many times are you are able. Tell your friends and loyal blog readers. Tell them to tell their friends. Let's swamp that stupid poll with romance readers and shoot that percentage off the charts. That would make my day. Thanks!