I Guess We’re Just Silly Wimminz

If something doesn’t change soon, I’m going to have to storm into someone’s office and give somebody a good smack upside the head.

No, I don’t usually resort to violence, but the whole ‘white guys are smarter and we should leave the serious political commentary to them’ thing is really old.

Quick recap:

1. Up and coming political commentators are apparently all young men, even though there are many women doing the same thing,

2. Bloggers running for political office? MSM sees mostly men, despite the vast number of women also running for office,

3. When the media goes looking for “fresh blood” in the world of commentary it comes up with — white men!

4. And when it looks like a woman has finally made it onto the scene, she gets portrayed as uninterested in things like tax policy and the Middle East unlike — wait for it — another white man!

Someone please get me a Xanax or a good stiff drink before I get any more annoyed about all this.

To those making the decisions on who gives good opinion commentary, all I can say is, “Really?” New blood?  Fresh perspectives?  Don’t compliment yourselves into thinking that we don’t see exactly what’s going on.

I do have to thank you all for one thing, though.  You’ve made it very clear that you will rarely make room at your boys’ club table for anyone who doesn’t look like you or think like you.  So it’s probably time for us silly wimminz to be done trying to sit at your table.

Ladies, get out your hammers and nails — it’s time to build our own.

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6 Responses to “I Guess We’re Just Silly Wimminz”

  1. annie Says:

    Like I’ve been saying – we still aren’t equal and we need to stop thinking we are and do something about it.

  2. Lisse Says:

    May I suggest that whatever you build not be targeted exclusively toward women. I have come to believe that hurts us in the larger world.

    I don’t know about where you live, but up here we have the phenomenon of pink (sports) fan wear. Girls who wear this stuff are generally considered to have become fans only after the Red Sox World Series win and generally know nothing about the game.

    Take a look at the Frazen vs. the ChicLits kerfuffle. Frankly, if you don’t write serious fiction, why would serious outlets take you seriously?

    Now look at Christianne Amanpour (my hero!). She has never been on a “women’s” show. She has never targeted that demographic exclusively and she has been given (earned, dammit!) a prime position as a news and analysis leader.

    Set your table and invite who you want, but if it is not a mixed gender group, it will be a very short-lived party.

  3. PunditMom Says:

    Lisse — here’s the hitch. I think it’s important to build something that features and highlights women’s voices, but that doesn’t mean it’s geared toward women. There are few places that focus on women’s voices and gives them a true platform where they don’t get drowned out by all the guys. The Huffington Post is a perfect example. It was founded by a woman and yes, there are women writers like me who contribute, but for the most part the voices and writing that is highlighted on the main and political pages are those of men, and mostly white men. Until there is a place where women can truly be highlighted in a way that doesn’t suggest they only belong in a “pink” sphere, how will we break through?

  4. Hello Ladies Says:

    It’s like I tell my kids: if someone isn’t including you on the playground, go make your own fun.

    We’e fought and fought to be included and many still don’t want us to play. While I would prefer to see gender diversity at the table, we can move forward without it. Women represent 51 percent of the population, control 85+ percent of the consumer purchasing power and cast more votes than men during elections. We can build and set our own table and we will accomplish plenty.

    P.S. That Parker Spitzer promo is AWFUL.

  5. Corey Feldman Says:

    Joanne, you are an incredibly talented and intelligent writer and an insightful political pundit. I will read what you write regardless of the table you are at.

  6. Lylah Says:

    Well said, Pundit Mom!


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