Monday, February 19, 2007

Free Your Minds

Of all the reasons to despise, perhaps the greatest is that the site's writing staff is so male dominated. All of their "name" writers are male, with the exeception of gossip columnist Anne Schroeder. And as if to differentiate between male seriousness and female frivolity, Schroeder's column is called SHENANINGANS. (Emphasis in original.)

Most of the female writers' bylines on the homepage have been fluff pieces, like the "Barchelle" article comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to celebrity couples.

Come on, guys. It's not like there aren't plenty of women just as unqualified as Mike Allen and Roger Simon: Susan Schmidt, Deborah Howell and Nedra Pickler spring to mind immediately. Hell, Judy Miller must be desparate for a job about now. Hackery isn't confined to one gender.

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