My Television is a Misogynist

My television thinks it is so smart.  It connects to WiFi and gives us Netflix and BBC iPlayer and all that good stuff.  This is quite useful if I want to soak Sprout in a bucket of neglect for ten minutes and show him psychedelic neon baby TV.  It also has internet radio.  This is quite useful if I want to educate Sprout as to the wonders of music; classical, rock, and classic rock.

My television is so smart it has identified that I am a feminist.  Further, that I am a feminist who believes that porn is inherently harmful to women and therefore A Bad Thing.

This is the only explanation that I can think of for the following phenomenon.  I press the button on the remote which says ‘RADIO’ and enables access to myriad internet radio stations.  When I’m done with the radio and want to get back to important Kardashian-related viewing, I press the button marked ‘TV’. Every time I do this, the TV station it default-views is XXX ADULT XXX.  Try as I might, I cannot get it to go back to the station I left last time I was watching (BBC1, 2, 3 or 4 – or even the bloody Food Network).  To add insult to injury, its internal computer also takes a little time to catch up with itself so I’m stuck on XXX ADULT XXX for about ten seconds before I can change channel.

Do you know what this means?  Apart from being even-more-often-reminded that life as a woman is pretty bloody unpleasant sometimes, I have to remember that my television hates me every time someone comes to visit and we want use the television, lest they believe that I have been sitting there viewing triple-x abuse while they were on their way to me with a giant Catherine McKinnon tome tucked in their bag.

In the spirit of being grateful for small mercies, it is a subscription channel and obviously I don’t subscribe so I merely have to stare at the logo in dismay.

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