Marginalized women

The Republican war on women has a steady ally: the good old boys' club we call the fourth estate.

The numbers are stark, but not exactly surprising. When it comes to coverage of issues that directly affect women, the beacons of traditional journalism—the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sunday talk shows—clearly subscribe to the Darrell Issa school of thought: that the people best qualified to talk about women are, in fact, men.

The information graphic below the fold, from 4th Estate, will turn your stomach.


"Pink topics"

I've pretty much stopped buying papers, but I almost always flip through my mom's when I drop by. Gardening, cooking, relationship advice, church stuff. That's all "safe" territory for women writers. But when it comes to politics, or business, or any other area that might seriously impact a family's safety or financial well-being, it's a different story.

In many ways, we're still living in the 19th Century, where all matters of importance are decided by men. It's no wonder our society is screwed up.

Try 20th Century, Steve.

That's how it was in the 60's and 70's, when I was growing up. To think I actually thought it would change in my life time. It's going to be a while. Journalists who can function in cross-mediums (online, radio, television) are going to be the ones who make the difference. Laura Leslie, formerly of WNPR, now of WRAL-TV, comes immediately to mind. But there aren't many like her.


The link to the "graphic below the fold" isn't working properly.



The link takes you to, which is an interesting site for media junkies.