Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Um. "Queefing" at Mediaite?

The Urban Dictionary defines "queef" as a "vaginal fart." Over at wikipedia, in the "Vaginal flatulence" entry, we get,
Vaginal flatulence (flatus vaginalis in Latin) is an emission or expulsion of air from the vagina that may occur during or after sexual intercourse or (less often) during other sexual acts, stretching or exercise. The sound is somewhat comparable to flatulence from the anus but does not involve waste gases and thus often has no specific odor associated. Slang terms for vaginal flatulence include vart, queef and fanny fart (mostly British).
"South Park" had an episode entitled Eat, Pray, Queef. Jezebel has a page offering queef  etiquette (basic advice: laugh it off).

Why have I got "queefing" on my mind? What kind of question is that? I don't need a reason. But I have one today. I got Mediaite's daily email in my inbox, and it featured a link to a story about the creation of the magazine Entertainment Weekly. The magazine for which that the film "critic" Lisa Schwarzbaum writes. The email features the first few sentences of Mediaite's big stories, to tease you to click over to the main site. Well, in the case of this particular story, the "tease" worked. Here's what I read:
While the internet is virtually queefing itself over news that Arianna Huffington is now Michael Arrington's boss, it's nice to take a break to remember those who have come before us, carving their way through the competitive world of media before any of us had to lose sleep over SEO or slideshows. So, in that vein, here's a pretty cool bit of media history: We've been able to find Jeff Jarvis' original pitch for Entertainment Weekly, from way back in 1988.
The Arianna Huffington/Michael Arrington reference has to do with Huffington Post's sale to AOL for more than $300 million. That is an hilarious story in its own right, but I'm not interested in that now. What does interest me is that big fat "queef" right in the middle of the first sentence of a story on Mediaite.

Mediaite is supposed to be a respectable internet destination for those people who are interested in thoughtful examination of TV news and media. Created by the chief legal analyst for NBC, and former general manager of MSNBC.

I don't expect to read about "queefs" on such a site. I am scandalized. That is why, of all the stories teased in the Mediaite email, it was the one with the virtual vaginal flatulence that I clicked. And what did I find when I got to the Mediaite website?
While the internet is virtually going bezerk over news that Arianna Huffington is now Michael Arrington’s boss, it’s nice to take a break to remember those who have come before us, carving their way through the competitive world of media before any of us had to lose sleep over SEO or slideshows. So, in that vein, here’s a pretty cool bit of media history: We’ve been able to find Jeff Jarvis‘ original pitch for Entertainment Weekly, from way back in 1988.
Did you catch that? The queef is gone, to borrow a line from B. B. King. Replaced with the even less literate "virtually going bezerk" [sic]. Does that mean the same as "queef"?

Here's a picture of the email I got:


Isn't that classy? Mediaite posted on its website a story about the genesis of Entertainment Weekly of all things, featuring a completely superfluous sentence about Arianna Huffington (to make the post "relevant," I guess?), that includes the word "queef" for some reason (to get people to click on the story-- does the author, Alex Alvarez, get paid by the page view?) -- and then they scrubbed the word between the time when the email went out and I clicked on the link.

A queef is just a vaginal fart. Everyone does it. Everyone who has a vagina, anyway. Why is Mediaite so ashamed? Just laugh it off.

And just in case Mediaite corrects the "bezerk," here's a picture of the first paragraph of the story on Mediaite's website:

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