Women and the Media

I had a fascinating conversation today about the relationship between women and the media. There is truly a need for authentic women’s voices. Too often, in the media, women are either objectified or pandered to. We are put into categories. We are either hot chicks valued only for our bodies or smart, powerful bitches.

Women are underrepresented across the board – in politics, business, the arts – practically all areas of public life. Therefore, there is insufficient dialogue about how social, political, and cultural issues truly influence the lives of real women. “Women’s issues” are treated by reporters and politicians as somehow separate from other issues. This concept of separateness is, of course, a fallacy. Birth control issues affect men just as much as women – and women are impacted by foreign policy just as much as men. We are all human and we’re all sharing this society. That is not to say that men and women are the same. In fact, social, political, and cultural issues often impact men and women quite differently – but both men and women are impacted.

We need a more intelligent media for many reasons. In particular, we need the media to examine the perspectives of women in an insightful way. We need to get beneath the surface and start a discourse about the issues that affect women, and what needs to be done to respond to those issues.


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J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

progress is far too slow and yet more needed than ever

a             y m.
g d c5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

Sexism is everywhere and people blindly accept it.

Silas Garrett
Silas Garrett5 years ago

This seems like a very complex knot (which is probably one of the reasons it hasn't been successfully addressed). Yes, women are treated poorly by the media in general, and women's issues are not intrinsically separate from men's issues. I do agree that it is important to provide many perspectives (including women's) in a naturalistic way, and that intelligent discourse relies on viewing things from others' perspectives. Nobody is merely a set of labels, including "man" or "woman," and I would like to see many more perspectives considered in public discourse.

Sue T.
Susan T5 years ago

I know of several women in the media I respect, Megyn Kelly for one also all the women on The 5 on FOX news. I really do not see how women are under represented in the media.
There are more and more girls in powerful media roles.
I feel this article demeans the women who are powerful in the media. It should not matter if they are not of your idealogy (sp?) but that they are STRONG WOMEN.
otherwise who is the true mysogynist?

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

Not only are women underrepresented, we are also misrepresented. The image of 'woman' the media wants people to see is completely derogatory in most cases and utterly ridiculous in others. We need to stand up and shoe the world that we can do as much as men can and we have to be taken seriously.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Annemarie W.
Annemarie L5 years ago


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