Fiona Elvines from Rape Crisis said: "If a man would have made these comments there would have been an uproar."
Now, of course three things can be taken from that quote. Firstly: Kirsty Young! Who'd have thought it? Secondly a lesson we all should learn but spend our time unconvincingly telling bored teenagers instead 'it really is what's inside that counts - the happier you are with yourself the more attractive you will appear'. Thirdly it is one of the rare incidents in which sexism has worked in a woman's favour.
That is not to say what Young said was sexist, but that had a man made such a comment there would have been uproar rather than amusement and columnists revealing they too feel the same way about Tom Jones, partly due to his sexual past.
We find these comments amusing because it seems implausible that anything would happen without the man involved's consent
However Young's comments, while equally redundant in current action are unsettling because they imply that being caught up in attraction and passion cannot be held responsible for their actions. Young speculated that Jones must be a "killer in the sack". We find these comments amusing because it seems implausible that anything would happen without the man involved's consent, enthusiastic consent should the woman involved be Kirsty Young I imagine.
What I mean is that it is seemingly ok for Young to say this because the rule is that men like sex and it is funny for young to say this because the other rule is women don't. Ha-ha, a woman who is comfortable with her sexuality? Pull the other penis.
We are, therefore, back on more comfortable feminist grounds. The reception to Young's comments is sexist because it dismisses her desire. We can return to our usual topic of how we express attraction, without making people feel unsafe. Or our other topic, how we stop being attractive being at the top of our personal agenda...