Let’s Count #4…

Yet another example of women trailing men specifically in numbers in our pop culture…

In Magazine Journalism, It’s Nowhere Near ‘The End of Men’ by Elissa Strauss at The Sisterhood

(via Jezebel: Where are the Women at Highbrow Magazines?):

A quick calculation of all non-cultural criticism stories in these three magazines over the past year shows that women trail men when it comes to bylines. The New Republic scored the worst, with only 13% of its stories penned by women. The Atlantic had 22% and The New Yorker (where I didn’t take in account fiction or Talk of the Town, in addition to criticism) had 30% of its stories written by women. (I didn’t take into account cultural criticism because that is an area in which women are generally well represented.) Over the past year, The New Republic had 138 men and 21 women listed on its tables of contents, The Atlantic had 100 men and 29 women, and The New Yorker had 170 men and 73 women. […]

And then the bigger question: Why, exactly, is this a problem? […]

As an answer I think we can rely on Sonia Sotomayor’s famous/infamous words about how being a “wise Latina woman” might lead her to different, and sometimes better, judicial conclusions. I can’t help but imagine that there are some wise, female journalists whose life experience might lead them to different, and sometimes better, reporting. But when only about 20% of work published in some of our most serious magazines is by women, such journalists don’t have a fair chance to prove that true.

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