A look at the Ugly Side of Gender Journalism
When I started this study I had initially considered awarding the person who most fell short of the aforementioned Moran Code with some sort of ‘Don’t be a Dick Award’. In the end I thought better of this for two reasons.
Firstly, one of the articles I look at mentions a similar approach used by Mike Buchanan and his Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them) Party. I’m going to take a closer look at them in the forthcoming Bloke Speak 2015 Spring Collection but for now all I’ll just say is that no matter how genuine Mike’s intentions may be, he appears to fall spectacularly short of the simple code I’m using to inform my own efforts.
The second reason follows logically on from the conclusion I draw from my relatively unscientific ‘snap shot study’ of the current standards of mainstream gender journalism.
My conclusion is this. While the ‘journalists’ who write these articles may present themselves as champions of 21st Century feminism, they are not. They may genuinely comfort themselves with a warm, self-satisfied belief that they are, but they are not.
Worst still, to have reached the summit of mainstream media journalism and have acquired the not unprivileged position of pontificating on perceptions of other people’s privilege, it seems highly unlikely that they haven’t developed some level of cynically self-serving instinct towards what sells and what is ultimately going to help them get ahead in life.
In short, they are simply trolls generating ‘click bait’ and they, their editors and the majority of people (mostly men) who take the time to comment on this style of ‘journalism’ have received enough of a (mostly) state sponsored education to know this.
The worst thing about them is that they are stepping over their ‘sisters’ in order to feather their own nests. They selectively use REAL statistics to find misogyny in the strangest of places, even rampant western consumerism (?!?) and when they do this, they also step over the women who experience REAL injustices in this country and beyond.
If you have read the featured articles, I think that it goes without saying that they are also stepping over men. The sad but dangerous irony is that if the conclusion Alison Wolf draws from her analysis of the exact same statistics is accurate, then they are also stepping over approximately 80% of women. Women that serve them their Coffee Moccha Chokas, keep their grocery shelves fresh and possibly even play a comparatively low paid but not insignificant role in their children’s development and happiness.
The number one rule about trolls is that you don’t feed them. This is why I scrapped my ‘don’t be a dick award’.
Some of the ‘Golden Skirts’ generations have perfected a complex and nuanced behavioural pattern which sometimes manages to communicate superiority and victimhood in the same self-serving sentence. Acknowledging this is to accept that my initial approach would obviously have been raw meat on a plate to be devoured by anyone who finds convenience in taking offence from sentences they don’t agree with.
The sad fact is that the term ‘Troll’ is just a modern term for ‘bully’ and it is important to stand up to bullies, less they run amuck. Fortunately this a relatively simple process. It may be impossible to change a bully’s long-term outlook or behaviour but if you reflect it back to them and point out the inherent problem with their actions, then in my experience, they very quickly crumble to stone for at least as long as you remain in the room holding up a mirror in their general direction.
And this is why I have decided to instead focus on what I’m calling my Check your Data Privilege Service which you can find out all about in my Spring Collection