Sarah’s Team Pick: Lady Journos Fight the NYT’s Sexism With Fire

This team pick is about two things I love: journalism and ladies. I’m not gonna say much about the content, because I think it’s pretty self-explanatory.

A few days ago, the New York Times wrote about the burgeoning online media elite of Washington, D.C. (You should read that article now so you know what’s happening.) That’s cool, it’s kind of nice that they’re writing stories that are relevant to readers under 30. Except that every person in the story was a dude.

Enter Ann Friedman, an editor at GOOD magazine and the force behind Lady Journos. In short, we like her immediately. She read this NYT article and felt feelings very similar to mine. But instead of responding with a long feminist dissection of the reasons why this article sucks, she did something better. Satire!

Now you should read her satirical copy of the NYT’s dudely story. It includes relevant/awesome paragraphs such as this one:

“There is precedent for such women being ignored as attention focuses on packs of smart, self-important young men in capital cities. It’s called all of history.”

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  1. “I came here, and I had no professional affiliation,” Ms. Hilton, 26, said over boxed wine at a friend’s house, a decidedly cheap place to socialize when your salary is stagnant.

    Ugh. too true

  2. Definitely good satire and makes several valid points. But I will say just because a news story profiles a few guys, I don’t think it’s fair to say it’s sexism. I worked as a reporter and I got accused of racism once because I wrote a story about troops returning home from Iraq and didn’t include any black families in the story. I would question how the reader knew the families I spoke to were white, firstly. But really, I just happened to talk to the families that were near me and willing to speak to me. The very vast majority of the troops there happened to be, in fact, white. I’ll keep checking out Ann Friedman though, good stuff.

  3. Yep. I read this article and I felt like every other time I’ve read about a group of men, at first jealous then frustrated. I thought about Autostraddle, so kudos to you guys! There’ a whole group of female bloggers with less Gravitas and self righteousness that could have easily had a whole article dedicated to them.

    I love how quickly all the men were to admit how self important they thought they were! How easy it is to be an unapologetic self serving dude.

    Also not mentioned in the ny times article, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow helped a lot of these dudes earn their name on her show.

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