I'd like to send a shout-out to MEDIA REPORT TO WOMEN.COM, a website/blog/newsletter that tracks how women and girls are depicted in the media and how women reporters and news analysts are faring (or not) in the media landscape. In the latest (Spring) issue, were reports of how female models are objectified and ridiculed on national television in Italy, an analysis contrasting how Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain were painted as more (McCain) or less (Obama) feminine, and snippets of interviews with Helen Thomas and Diane Sawyer. When the latter broke through the barricades while former leader Boris Yeltsin was under seige and was told to exit the premises because "No Women Allowed," she responded, "I'm not a woman, I'm a journalist." For more, visit: mediareporttowomen.com.
Last week in a post on Well, the health blog for the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds explained a phenomenon that may not seem particularly troubling at first glance. Being a woman myself, I was excited to read the post, called “What Exercise Science Doesn’t Know About Women,” but as I read along, I began to feel increasingly grumpy.