NOT THE NEWSROOM — Another good word fell prey to political correctness when the Associated Press (AP) issued a tart statement urging journalists to put the term mistress to bed.
“We now say not to use the archaic and sexist term ‘mistress’ for a woman in a long-term sexual relationship with, and financially supported by, a man who is married to someone else. Instead, use an alternative like companion or lover on first reference,” the AP Stylebook tweeted last week.
Many reporters came together in passionate defense of the word, accusing the AP of trying to muzzle them and promising to whip the edict in court – or at least tie it up.
“Today they want to call a mistress a companion. Tomorrow they’ll want to call Viagra a blood flow medication. Our cause is lust. We need to draw a red light in the sand and restore the word mistress to its rightful position(s),” said veteran journalist Jim Accostya.
Tabloids like the National Enquirer are mounting the stiffest resistance. “Who in the name of Camilla Parker Bowles does the AP think they are?” said editor Peter Bottumpheeder. “This brazen attempt to tramp on our freedom will not stand.”