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Newsweek Pays Women to Complain of Gender Inequality at Newsweek

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Posted on March 27 2010 10:03 pm
Jenn escaped blue state academia for redder pastures in the South. Follow her on Twitter and read more of her work at JennQPublic.com.
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Newsweek is sexist!!!  At least, that’s what Jessica Bennett, Jesse Ellison and Sarah Ball write in their 2,000+ word essay for … Newsweek.

No one would dare say today that “women don’t write here,” as the NEWSWEEK women were told 40 years ago. But men wrote all but six of NEWSWEEK’s 49 cover stories last year—and two of those used the headline “The Thinking Man.” In 1970, 25 percent of NEWSWEEK’s editorial masthead was female; today that number is 39 percent. Better? Yes. But it’s hardly equality. (Overall, 49 percent of the entire company, the business and editorial sides, is female.)

Bennett, Ellison, and Ball level a serious charge at the company that issues their paychecks.  But they offer no evidence that any gender disparity at Newsweek is due to inequality of opportunity.  And if there was any indication of gender discrimination at Newsweek, would their article have made it to publication?

As Suzanne Venker observed in her NewsReal piece on women in the United States congress, looking at inequality by the numbers fails to take into account the preferences, priorities, and desires of individual women. Where is all this gender bean counting getting us?

Is sexism alive and well at Newsweek? Of course. I’ve seen their tasteless portrayals of conservative women. But is The Man keeping these three young writers from fulfilling their ambitions? I’m not convinced.

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