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Mary Richards and Newsroom Sexism

In media, women's rights on May 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm
 
When Mary Richards asked Lou Grant if she didn’t get a promotion because she was a woman, Lou Grant unapologetically replied “Yes.” The 1970s show poked fun at the very serious subject of sexism in the newsroom. But more than 30 years later, a still gender-biased media is no laughing matter.
 

To be sure, women have made major strides in the predominately male field. But 20 minutes spent watching the evening news and one begins to wonder if mainstream media still operates under the “good-old boys club” pretense.

From FOX to CNN, women are either portrayed as sexy bimbos or serious bitches. Take, for example, FOX News. The network boast an impressive list of female co-anchors and guest commentators — most of which are beautiful and blonde. Apparently, everything, from these women’s skirt-lengths to their hair lengths, makes them unmarketable as hosts.

Of course, there are a few female hosts such as Greta Van Susteren and Rachel Maddow who command their own shows. But notice how these women are marketed: Short hair, masculine attire and zero sex appeal. The message is clear: To be taken seriously, a woman must become a man.

According to the Women’s Media Center, women hold only 3 percent of clout positions in the mainstream media.

In the words of feminist founding mother Gloria Steinem, “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke.”
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No real difference between FOX, CNN

In media on December 8, 2009 at 2:19 am

Conservatives watch FOX News and liberals watch MSNBC and CNN, right? And when asked, both sides will tell you their network is fair, balanced and, most importantly, reality. The ceaseless whining by those on the right about the “liberal media” is exhausting. And liberals’ preoccupation with FOX opinion is equally annoying. When will both sides realize that the mass media is, well, one big mass?

Remember those mysterious weapons of mass destruction? Whether or not they existed is still debated today. However, if you were watching FOX, CNN, or MSNBC pre-Iraq war, it seemed almost certain Saddam possessed them. The media, like the war propaganda films of old, played a vital role in rallying the support of the American people. Every time you turned on your TV, the media’s obsession with the alleged weapons was right there in your face.

Currently, the media is preoccupied with the affairs of a certain golfer. A man cheating on his wife — now thats news. Notice both “liberal” and “conservative” networks are exhaustedly covering the irrelevant story.

So for those viewers out there loyally clinging to their network of choice, remember: When it really counts, when lives are on the line or another celebrity is caught driving drunk, even the mainstream media practices bipartisan politics.