1. Marketing chick works because it allows us to harness hundreds of years of denigrating necessary social work by relegating that work to women. The marketing chick has all those soft skills that patriarchy has taught us are undesirable, less useful, less expensive, less valuable, women’s work. These beliefs about social work and its worth, and which gender it belongs to, lets us ignore the very real value that women in “marketing” provide our industry.
  2. thesmithian:


The cover stands out for its cast of black and Hispanic caricatures with exaggerated features reminiscent of early 20th century race cartoons. Also, because there are only people of color in it, grabbing greedily for cash. It’s hard to imagine how this one made it through the editorial process. Compounding the…problem with the image is the fact that race has been a key backdrop to the subprime crisis. The narrative of the crash on the right has been the blame-minority-borrowers line, sometimes via dog whistle, often via bullhorn…the record is clear: minorities were disproportionately targeted by predatory lending, which has always gone hand in hand with subprime. Even when they qualified for prime loans that similar-circumstance whites got, they were pushed into higher-interest subprimes…minority borrowers were disproportionately victimized in the bubble. But BusinessWeek here has them on the cover bathing in housing-ATM cash, implying that they’re going to create another bubble.

more, at the Columbia Journalism Review.

It’s 2013 and crap like this gets ok’d by editors?!! UGH.

    thesmithian:

    The cover stands out for its cast of black and Hispanic caricatures with exaggerated features reminiscent of early 20th century race cartoons. Also, because there are only people of color in it, grabbing greedily for cash. It’s hard to imagine how this one made it through the editorial process. Compounding the…problem with the image is the fact that race has been a key backdrop to the subprime crisis. The narrative of the crash on the right has been the blame-minority-borrowers line, sometimes via dog whistle, often via bullhorn…the record is clear: minorities were disproportionately targeted by predatory lending, which has always gone hand in hand with subprime. Even when they qualified for prime loans that similar-circumstance whites got, they were pushed into higher-interest subprimes…minority borrowers were disproportionately victimized in the bubble. But BusinessWeek here has them on the cover bathing in housing-ATM cash, implying that they’re going to create another bubble.

    more, at the Columbia Journalism Review.

    It’s 2013 and crap like this gets ok’d by editors?!! UGH.

    Reblogged from: racialicious
  3. motherjones:

thenewrepublic:

House of Cads: The Psycho-Sexual Ordeal of Reporting in Washington by Marin Cogan
Illustration by Kirsten Rothbart

Best thing we read this morning. Read this, y’all.

Tab currently open in my browser!

    motherjones:

    thenewrepublic:

    House of Cads: The Psycho-Sexual Ordeal of Reporting in Washington by Marin Cogan

    Illustration by Kirsten Rothbart

    Best thing we read this morning. Read this, y’all.

    Tab currently open in my browser!

    Reblogged from: motherjones
  4. 10 Tropes About Women That Women Should Stop Laughing About - Global - The Atlantic Wire

    In the vein of our 9 articles “for women” that journalists should stop writing, here are 10 stereotypes about women that we should be very careful about passing off as meaningless jokes. Because whether you’re a woman or a man, the “right” way to behave is to make good decisions for yourself that aren’t based in someone else’s perceived stereotype about you, or in the countering fear of being branded as such a type. There are so many stereotypes, ranging from the overly emotional “hysterical” woman (who may or may not have PMS) to the coldly vicious, calculating “anti-woman” to the tomboy to the superficial, shallow girly-girl. None are flattering; none are hilarious; most are couched in relationships, or lack thereof, with men. The following are just a few.

  5. flavorpill:

Stereotyping You by Your Favorite ’90s Band

This list is missing 10,000 Maniacs, Gin Blossoms and more, but here are the ones on the list I used to love once upon a time:
LivePeople still too afraid to admit after all these years that they totally thought Ed Kowalczyk was actually Michael Stipe.
The Spin DoctorsGrown men who insist on using the word “buddy” and wearing shorts.
Jeff BuckleyGuys who fancy themselves as romantics and would be happy to invite you in for coffee. If you want. Of course. It’s up to you. Just saying.
The CranberriesEarnest women who sign online petitions about global “issues.”

    flavorpill:

    Stereotyping You by Your Favorite ’90s Band

    This list is missing 10,000 Maniacs, Gin Blossoms and more, but here are the ones on the list I used to love once upon a time:

    Live
    People still too afraid to admit after all these years that they totally thought Ed Kowalczyk was actually Michael Stipe.

    The Spin Doctors
    Grown men who insist on using the word “buddy” and wearing shorts.

    Jeff Buckley
    Guys who fancy themselves as romantics and would be happy to invite you in for coffee. If you want. Of course. It’s up to you. Just saying.

    The Cranberries
    Earnest women who sign online petitions about global “issues.”

    Reblogged from: flavorpill
  6. curiositycounts:

Visualizing Gender Stereotypes – designer Valentina D’Efilippo explores the biased gendered cues children receive through visual communication. Reminiscent of The Pink and Blue Projects.

    curiositycounts:

    Visualizing Gender Stereotypes – designer Valentina D’Efilippo explores the biased gendered cues children receive through visual communication. Reminiscent of The Pink and Blue Projects.

    Reblogged from: mediaengage
  7. aesalazar:

    Disappointing Gay Best Friend

    oh boy, a new video series to follow!

    Reblogged from: aesalazar
  8. motherjones:

The Female Character Flowchart, courtesy of @overthinkingit. #ForTheLadies

    motherjones:

    The Female Character Flowchart, courtesy of @overthinkingit. #ForTheLadies

    Reblogged from: motherjones
  9. What are we to do with a great film that makes women look so awful?
    The Social Network’s Women Aren’t Prizes, They’re Props - The Daily Beast.  My thoughts exactly.  The film is highly enjoyable, but as I told my friend/Slackerwood editor, the roles for women in this film are only slightly better than those in Brooklyn’s Finest. (My review of that film)
  10. I’ll point you in the direction of NBC’s “Outsourced” for how a poor character introduction can do irreparable damage to a show which probably would have been horrible either way.

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