Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Sexism and the Associated Press

The Associated Press proves that it's an old boys network, out of touch with modern sensibilities.

In this photo of incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the AP made sure to mention who made the suit she was wearing and what color it was. Apparently it's important to point out what powerful people are wearing and who the desinger is -- at least if they're women. Men, on the other hand, don't even rate a mention of the color of their ties.

Why is it important to mention who made Pelosi's suit. Particularly in an AP photo. I could understand if the photo ran in a fashion magazine, then the caption would be perfectly fine. But the AP is a general news organization. It doesn't mention what male politicians are wearing, so why do it with women?

Can you say Double Standard?


Tim said...

I think it's just typical bad journalism - when you have no brain, have been given a "story" to cover, you resort to "human interest", ie gibberish.

Tim said...

Occurs to me - if it were J R R Tolkein, it would merely be banal, rather than sexist ;)