What We Missed

The Telegraph’s new (White) Wonder Women section makes us feel icky like when the Washington Post launched their She The People blog.

Matthew Yglesias on the economics gender gap. 

Apparently, Feminism isn’t allowed to be funny and informative. Also, funny is unladylike. Spit out your gum. WTF?

A Brooklyn abortion clinic is closing its doors.

Also, today in excessive force from police officers, a Philadelphian woman gets sucker punched at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

 

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  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    “I’m all for WaPo featuring more women covering politics, but why oh why can’t they just – I don’t know – feature more women covering politics on the main site or pages? As Steph Herold tweeted earlier today, “why do women need a separate blog to write about politics?”

    Obviously they don’t, but what I think is being missed is that men are still the target market for these media outlets. Let’s say McDonalds wants to start sell a new food offering. Do they just add it to their regular menu and sell it internationally or do they test market it in a specific region? The women’s blog section is probably a test market to see how many page views it gets. It’s also set up to market specifically to women, which the media outlet believes would be its target market to give it macimum visibility.

    It’s not sexist to create a product targeted to men. It’s not sexist to create a product targeted to women. What percentage of articles does feministing devote to men’s issues? I’m certain that you wouldn’t see that as an indication of misandry. The real questions are how much traffic does these women sections generate? Do women prefer having female designated spaces even if they’re a subset of the main site? People don’t always make business decision with the intent to marginalize women. Sometimes people make business decision based on whether they make money.

    • http://feministing.com/members/angelh/ Angel H.

      Obviously they don’t, but what I think is being missed is that men are still the target market for these media outlets.

      From the “About” page of The Washington Post Company:

      “The Washington Post Company delivers quality products to today’s students, readers and viewers. What unites our company is the immediacy of our products and services, created by teachers and tutors at Kaplan; reporters and editors at our media properties; and associates at Cable ONE.”

      You know what’s missing from that statement? Any mention of men, males, and/or boys. Along the way, however, they forgot this so they decided to throw us a bone. But, as history has taught us, seperate does not necessarily mean equal.