"An older woman has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn't trust the guy with other women. Older women couldn't care less. " -- Andy Rooney.
Don't get me wrong. I too enjoy watching Judge Judith Sheindlin administer her unique brand of justice on sydicated television every day. She is a woman to be reckoned with and will not tolerate glib answers or know-it-all attitudes for long. She shoots from the hip and impartially tries each case based on its own merits.
Many times though in the past month she has more than a few times publicly chastised the older man - younger woman relationship while remaining somewhat mute on her opinions about the older woman - younger man scenario. On more than one occasion she has instructed the older man to seek a more "age appropriate" relationship while the older woman younger man scenario is offered scant criticism.
At the opening credits to the show Judge Judy is portrayed as Lady Justice holding the scales of fairness and impartiality-- equality before the law. But how can this be the case when she critiques older men for their partner choice and recommends they find a more suitable companion? This is especially galling to those men who are in a relationship with a younger woman and see it as being normal. This is not an example of judicial impartiality but more of an exercise in ego projection.
Examples of this prejudiced attitude include the folowing:
- Male 56 - female 18. Relationship deemed age inappropriate.
- Male 65 - female 35 . Relationship deemed age inappropriate.
- Female 40 (professional). Male 20. No comment offered. Her former male friend aged 56 told to find a female in his office group.
On more than one occasion Judge Judy informs her viewers that she is here because she is smart and was not hired for her looks. Her employers probably demand that she put on a good show and ruffle a few feathers. If that be the case then her promoters should change the opening credits of the program to reflect a more judgemental and biased approach to solving legal issues.
Justice is not blind when the judge is smitten with her own ego and suffers from a momentary lapse of fairness. Judge Roy Bean she is not but her unique approach to fairness and impartiality should be brought under the lens of public scrutiny. Change the attitude or get outta Dodge City!