Posted by Rylee Maxwell
“Now that I don’t have to worry about you quoting me, I can hit on you.”
Following up on “Women’s Bylines” and “The Media Gender Gap,“ which speak to the prevalence of men in journalism, a new Tumblr blog has surfaced that catalogs all of the sexist comments directed at female journalists, including the one above.
The blog, “Said to Lady Journos,” was created in order to give female journalists a place to submit and share stories, as well as comment on similar situations, according to Poynter.
This issue seems to be taken lightly in entertainment media. In the Netflix original series “House of Cards,‘ writer Zoe Barnes maintains her “business” relationship with congressman Francis Underwood by trading sex for stories.
New Republic began their article on the issue with a quote from another female character in the show: “We’ve all done it. I used to suck, screw, and jerk anything that moved just to get a story.”
While we know that this is not how journalism works, the impression made by these shows is not positive. And harassment is not only real, but common.
Columbia Journalism Review’s Ann Friedman provides us with a list of ways to deal with harassment. In the New Republic article, The Atlantic’s senior editor suggested that journalism schools start offering workshops in dealing with harassment.
What do you think of their suggestions and the new blog? What else can be done about this issue? What are your thoughts about shows like “House of Cards”?