Metaphorically, of course (it does seem to be going around these days). But I’m not sure what else would explain this piece of tiresome drivel, full of sweeping generalizations, which manages to insult both sexes equally. (You can see I’m trying to be polite).
Margaret Wente opines in today’s Globe that women don’t care about politics because, well, we’re too busy reading gossip rags or thinking about weddings. (Of course, Wente doesn’t bother to link to the study, which I found after a little Google detective work). Ultimately, her column is less about the study and more about Wente’s obsessive desire to be relevant and important. She specializes in “shock” opinion writing and feels vindicated when some (one to be exact) in her profession endorse her thinking – antiquated, sexist and demeaning to both men and women. Everyone reading Wente’s columns should also be aware of her journalistic past.
I am a mother, a partner and an educated, professional woman. My eyes don’t “glaze over at the media’s daily offerings of ‘gotcha’ politics.” (In fact, on some days, I even engage in “gotcha” politics. Horrors!) I don’t consider news to be “noise” and I don’t “tune out” knowledge of natural disasters, wars and other current events.
My partner doesn’t “keep track of batting averages” (in fact, I do) and he probably knows more about the daily goings on with his kids then I do mine.
My female friends and I don’t bond over “relationships” and “gossip” – we bond over shared causes, politics and current affairs (also, journalists we hate).
My partner rarely – okay, almost never – hears me say, “I don’t know” (unless he’s wondering if I know how to make a soufflé, or something involving a sewing machine).
Wente also suggests that “TV news is inundated with female anchors” and full of stories designed to pull at our hormonal heartstrings. In fact, it was just seven years ago that Katie Couric became the first female anchor of an American nightly news program. Couric’s promotion had been hailed as a major breakthrough for women in journalism. However, former CBS anchor Dan Rather used the moment as an opportunity to skewer Couric and said that her promotion was CBS’s attempt to “dumb [the news] down, tart it up in hopes of attracting a younger audience.”
Margaret Wente’s deliberate ignorance would be dangerous were it not so laughable. She’s a joke. And the Globe and Mail should know better than to publish this garbage.
I said it was dumb before, and I’ll say it again – unless of course, you like running a slate of white guys, or special interest group candidates in winnable ridings. I’m not terribly concerned that Ms. Alvaro thinks my views are “outdated,” either. She’s wrong, no matter how much she cheer leads this cause.
I just hope the Trudeau Brain Trust puts in place some sort of mechanism that allows the leader to have some modicum of control over the process. Otherwise, look out.
You can read my original April post, here.