Iconic Fear Of Flying author Erica Jong has publicly criticized Arianna Huffington — who uses the unpaid labor of thousands of bloggers on The Huffington Post — and accused her of “hurting writing as a profession.” A feisty Ms. Jong spoke to The Slant, a journalism blog, about Huffington’s effect on the media biz and, wow-ee, she did not hold back. (Which is precisely why I love her.) Keep reading »
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Being an Aaron Sorkin fan runs in my blood. My mom might have been the world’s biggest “West Wing” fan. Although I was too young to really understand the show when it was on the air, I’ve since gone back and watched and loved almost the whole series. Granted, when I watched “The West Wing” I was sure that I would grow up and become a real-life C.J., so why I liked it could be questioned. Maybe it just gave me my political junkie fix or maybe I finally felt like I found a place where people talked faster than me.
As I’ve grown up however, I’ve traded my political ambitions for more journalistic ones. And, apparently, so has Aaron Sorkin. Which is why I was more than happy to watch his newest show “The Newsroom.” (Spoiler alerts ahead!) Keep reading »
This is a chart made by the media watchdog group 4thEstate.net about the numbers of women and men quoted in the media in print and on TV on women’s issues. As you can read about in more detail on 4th Estate’s site, regardless of the publication or show, men’s voices still over-represent even when the issue being discussed is women’s rights, abortion, birth control or attacks on Planned Parenthood.
The chart itself requires little explanation. The questions it arises? Those are endless. [4thEstate.net]
This past March, the Houston Chronicle fired society reporter Sarah Tressler from her job after the city’s rival newspaper exposed her as a stripper. The Chronicle claimed it only fired Tressler because she did not reveal that job — not, say, because it actually had a problem that one of its reporters worked the pole at upscale strip clubs and wrote about her adventures on a blog called Diary Of An Angry Stripper.
Now Tressler, 30, has retained the notorious feminist lawyer Gloria Allred to fight back. On Thursday, she filed a federal gender discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Chronicle, alleging that she’s being unjustly targeted because stripping is a female-dominated field. Keep reading »
Whoa. Hi there, TIME magazine. You went there, didn’t you?
I’m as pro-breastfeeding-in-public as one can be, but this cover photo the intentional provocation of this cover annoys me. The 26-year-old mother Jamie Lynne Grumet is model-hot and that’s no accident; nor is it an accident that her child she is breastfeeding is three-years-old, an age which some may argue is “too old” to be nursing at their mama’s breast. I make no judgments about this mother’s attachment parenting or breastfeeding. But I wonder, will the visceral reaction to this provocative cover — which I would place bets on being covered up at newsstands, a la Cosmopolitan titties — do more harm to the parenting tactics she believes in than it will do good?
- Sara Ganim, a 24-year-old reporter at the Patriot News, won a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for breaking the story about former Coach Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State University sex abuse scandal — making her one of the youngest people ever to win a Pulitzer. [Poynter]
- The Washington Post reminds us that Mitt Romney is pro-stay-at-home-moms, unless they are on welfare, in which case they need to learn “the dignity of work.” [Washington Post]
- Takedowns of Katie Roiphe’s 50 Shades Of Grey/BDSM piece in Newsweek that you should check out include this one by Megan Carpentier at Raw Story and this one by Virginia Heffernan at Yahoo. Keep reading »
Several newspapers in Oregon and Florida are refusing to print “Doonesbury” cartoons this week, which skewer anti-abortion lawmakers; other papers in Kansas City and Los Angeles are running the comics in the op-ed pages. In cells of the comics seen online, cartoonist Garry Trudeau mocks the state of Texas, which is considering a bill similar to Virginia’s bill which would have mandated transvaginal ultrasounds. Here is how Thursday’s strip, the most controversial one, is described by media reporter Jim Romenesko:
In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”
- Oh, look at this all-male TV panel that MSNBC convened to discuss yesterday’s all-male hearing discussion about birth control coverage in healthcare reform!
- Oklahoma’s state Senate advanced a “fetal personhood” bill on Wednesday that criminalizes all abortion by defining a “person” as the fertilized egg. A bill like this would also criminalize in vitro fertilization, stem cell research, and some birth control. This is the bill that had a proposed amendment by State Sen. Constance Johnson, who sought to make it illegal for men to masturbate and waste sperm! [News OK] Keep reading »
Who’s been called in as “experts” on cable news to discuss the current debate over birth control? More men than women, that’s who. Across all the networks, 91 men appeared to talk about the birth control debate, while only 55 women appeared on-air. The greatest disparity was at the Fox stations, but the “liberal”-leaning network of MSNBC didn’t do much better. When the debate primarily affects women’s lives — in this case, their very bodies — more female voices need to be heard. Shame on these networks for allowing guys, whatever their opinion, a greater voice in the debate. [Think Progress]
- Reporters on the campaign trail are skewing heavily male, according to an examination by the Columbia Journalism Review. According to NYU journalism professor Meryl Gordon, politics reporters at newspapers, glossy magazines and blogs are mostly men, and when there are women, there is usually only one or two. This, of course, is echoed in coverage on the campaign trail. [Columbia Journalism Review]
- Props to Jessica Ahlquist, 16, of Rhode Island, who successfully won a legal battle over a religious prayer banner which was hung in the Cranston High School West auditorium. Jessica contacted the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU last year, which brought the case to a federal judge. Yesterday, the judge ruled that the prayer banner in a public school was indeed in violation and must immediately be removed. [Boston.com]
- “Shit Homophobic People Say” — featuring quotes from actual homophobes! [YouTube] Keep reading »