I’ll admit it — I love sneaking in a few minutes of Oprah viewing every now and then just as much as the next person. But I’m not watching her show to get informed on political issues that impact women and families.
I don’t think the Bra & Jean Intervention show (as much as I needed the info!) counts as keeping up on current events.
And that’s what I would have hoped for with her new XM Satellite channel that starts today called Oprah & Friends.
Oprah is uniquely situated in our culture to bring women to the table and get them involved and invested in making some political noise that could really help us out on those Mommy Wars issues we talk so much about.
I’m not sure that a radio channel filled with health and money tips, while important, is going to raise political awareness in American women.
Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda are giving it a crack over at Greenstone Media, but I’m not holding my breath on that project, either. At the moment, they, too have shows focusing on comics talking about daily life and chatting about our hopes and dreams. I’m hoping I’ll see something posted there soon about a show that gets our brains thinking about politics in a way that motivates us to get out of the blogosphere and do something!
How about something that’s more a cross between Air America and these two projects? That would be the perfect mix for me, and, I’m willing to bet, for a lot of other women, as well. Tell me about good denim AND talk to some politicians who really want to do something to get us out of Iraq, and you’ll get my Arbitron ratings! THAT’s a station I would get satellite radio installed in my car for!
Earlier this year, Steinem said in a speech that nine out of ten women really want information about current events and issues — so I say, bring it on!