Port magazine cover saying "A New Golden Age" with photo of six white male editors

Magazine cover featuring six old white dude-itors prompts #WomenEdsWeLove

Port magazine cover saying "A New Golden Age" with photo of six white male editors

The new golden age of magazine publishing is pretty pale, male, and stale, according to this Port cover. Granted the magazine business is still pretty male-dominated and granted the British quarterly is a men’s magazine and granted who had even heard of it before this cover? Not me. But as others have noted, there are, in fact, quite a few women leading major magazines. (And, as Ruth Franklin points out, that’s not to mention the many female editors, writers, and fact-checkers to which the publications highlighted by Port owe their success.)

So in response, writer and editor Amy Wallace started the #WomenEditorsWeLove hashtag on Twitter yesterday. Check it out and add your favorites!

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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