Since we’ve been talking a lot about bias and language recently, I thought you Shapelings might appreciate (read: fume over) this NYT article, which follows in the grand NYT traditions of 1) writing about young people as though they are another species, and 2) forgetting that our actual species has female members. The article itself is about the stress brought on by the 24/7 demands of professional blogging, particularly in the light of the recent heart-attack deaths of two tech bloggers. I started to skim the article, but I was instantly distracted by the caption on the photo accompaniment:
Matt Buchanan shows blogs may be a young man’s game.
Emphasis all mine, baby. A young man’s game? Really? I guess this article will talk about the different stress management styles of male and female bloggers, right? I read on, waiting for the article to talk to or even mention a female (or, heaven forfend, trans) blogger.
I did find one woman in the article, though! She’s, uh, a blogger’s girlfriend.
I don’t know why I’m so disappointed by the NYT’s complete failure to acknowledge the existence of female bloggers (especially given that they, you know, had a whole article featuring our illustrious leader a few months back). I’m certainly not surprised; after all, lady news gets published in the “Fashion & Style” section no matter what it’s about in the NYT, and most other places it gets dumped into “Odd News,” presumably because women are just so strange! and mysterious! and not like regular people at all!
But still: I am disappointed. I’m disappointed in the writer for not interviewing female bloggers; I’m disappointed in the editor for not finding that problematic; and I’m disappointed in the copyeditor for not correcting a glaring example of gender bias in the caption. Is one article about poor stressed out tech bloggers going to set back feminism by 10 years? No, almost certainly not. But it’s one more snowflake in a fucking avalanche of misogyny in the media. And I, for one, am sick of the snow.