British Actor Stephen Fry is the latest in a line of celebs to quit Twitter, but is the first to do so because he didn’t like being called “sexist.” The actor, who’s not such a big deal in the U.S. (though I loved him as Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film Wilde) is a mega personality in England, an accomplished actor, comedian, writer and host of BBC quiz show “QI.” The Twitter kiss-off to his 1,910,676 followers was in response to getting called out by bloggers for the following remarks he made in an interview with Attitude magazine recently: “I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want.”
Oof.Fry also said in the interview, “If women liked sex as much as men, there would be straight cruising areas in the way there are gay cruising areas.”
Well, Mr. Fry, these do seem to be some big generalizations you’re making about gender here; though, you’re hardly the first. I’m not so sure that all men — whether gay or straight — would be into “cruising areas” in parks and graveyards. True enough, for the most part, women aren’t into sex with faceless strangers; we do prefer a little flirting, a little conversation, and a dash of eye contact before a casual sexual encounter, but there certainly are those among us who actively pursue and enjoy casual sexual encounters for the sake of sex. Has Fry missed the last 40 years of women’s history somehow? Has he never seen a Madonna video or walked by a vibrator shop?
Since the feminist blogosphere exploded in reaction to Fry’s comments, to defend the female gender’s very healthy sexual appetite, Fry backpedaled; he’s now claiming those contentious remarks were misquotes. He prefaced his Twitter goodbye yesterday with this: “So some f**ing paper misquotes a humorous interview I gave … now I’m the Antichrist. I give up.”
Huh. How do we feel about Fry’s alleged comments? Are women across the board less interested in sex than men? Is it true that women don’t “cruise” at all for sexual encounters with men? Discuss.