Nice that there is a sympathetic response like this, but actually I think this article still makes the same fundamental mistake all the others are making. It takes Serena's comments as a reflection of the actual view she held at the time, rather than what it really was: a blurted reaction to a news item by a person who had never really thought about such things one way or another.
The way Serena phrased her response you could tell she was basically thinking aloud, not stating some deeply held conviction. Her real mistake was not insisting on a right to review the article before it was printed, so she could have had them remove these silly comments, which are themselves pretty meaningless, but once printed became needlessly hurtful to the victim and her family, and to women in general.
Originally Posted by Whitehead's Boy
Here's the link to my only comment in GM about this: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...1#post29772721
According to RVD, I reached "an unprecedented level of illogical reasoning". All the other people who replied to my comment or sent me a message with the reputation system agreed with me.
Again, I have to stress that I find unfortunate that all the debate has been centered about whether Serena is right or wrong, and very little has been said about how this topic should be discussed. What I find disturbing is not so much Serena's opinion, but how she appears to think you can candidly comment on a case like this the same nonchalant way you can comment on Sharapova or cinnamon rolls. Judging from the majority of replies in this forum, unfortunately she's far from being alone.
I don't think this is illogical. But it is maybe a little harsh.
Serena's reaction sounded to me like the kind of reaction that probably took place in millions of living rooms when the item was aired. Like most people, Serena doesn't seem to have thought much about things like this, so basically she was verbally trying to make sense of it.
The difference being that unlike all those other living rooms, she was sharing hers not with a friend or family member, but with a a nosy RS journalist, whose job it is to put his interviewees at ease, and give them the feeling that they are in their own living room with a friend or family member. The better to elicit such juicy tidbits.