As an editor at the New York Daily News (D.C. ‘bout it)’ tweeted, “Why do they never show women in journalism?” She responded, “What if your first name was not in the press. They won’t say it, because it is so male.” In fact, she said (via e-mail to her editor) that she would be willing to show up to the offices of the press if someone would publish a story.
Not only this, some of the press has used an open letter stating “unfair and blatant racism” in “allowing [the press] to be treated as equals instead of as members of the same family.” This sort of racism is the antithesis of equality. Some press should be recognized for what they are. So let’s explore how this culture of discrimination and sexism is manifest in the industry.
Racism and sexism have been at the core of the online culture and media landscape for years. “It’s important to make sure we’re not being discriminated against in this game,” says one high-ranking former editor in the technology sector, a subject which is all too familiar to female executives. Yet the problem of such culture can also manifest itself in a broader way in these companies. The lack of cultural diversity is present and has been in a number of ways in the media this past week. As an editor at the New York Times (E.S.) published a post, that addressed male-dominated practices at the company, “It is a sad reality that this male-dominated company has done some really bad things so bad that their company has to start from scratch and has to bring in new technology.” The post received plenty of controversy and controversy and as recently as the morning after that, the company issued a press release that stated, “. . .
“This is not a game for white men to win. This is about men making money, and how we’re doing it. The best way to do that is to build a good culture, a bad culture, and a better one where we actually have a good working community. It’s about building a company built upon a core of community, and we haven’t gotten there by building a structure without a framework to build a foundation.” Another blogger pointed out, “The more people who support us, the better.”
Then there’s the company’s corporate strategy, where it is not only trying hard in this industry to make its content that diverse, but to make sure that all people who use our site, our website, and our product can find that unique video that they can enjoy. But if you can’t make that video, then you’ve been screwed! If you can’t get that video to your readers, you’ve only been cheated in the process. If you can’t appeal to customers, you’ve broken the rules and made your business look like a game where people want a different company. The more of those things get thrown around, the more it looks like it’s a complete disaster.
If we are serious about creating a culture where women aren’t treated differently , this has to stop. This is what we have to get done right. It’s how we’re supposed to do business. We are not entitled to equal access and access. It’s hard to hear voices calling for equal access without looking at the companies and the industry.
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