Being a feministy lady, I sometimes wonder why I read The New Yorker. The only real explanation I have is that I’ve been reading it since I was 4, and that they once published the best article ever. But it seems to be growing ever more male and white these days.
For “fun,” here is a little breakdown of The New Yorker table of contents by gender for three issues (not including cartoons). With more time, I’d like to do a white/non-white breakdown as well – my guess is that it would be 90% you-know-what.
June 25, 2007 issue: an aberration
Male contributors: 8
Female contributors: 5 (2 were short Talk of The Town pieces)
July 2, 2007 issue:
Male contributors: 12
Female contributors: 8 (but 4 of these were short Talk of the Town pieces!)
July 9 and 16, 2007:
Male contributors: 14
Female contributors: 3 (two short Talk of the Town pieces, one poem, no feature articles)
What would be really fascinating, though, would be to document how many of the pieces written by women were about men! This is a frequent NYer tactic. When the womens aren’t writing about the mens, they are apparently restricted to writing about television, shopping, and cutsey little society-gossip type tidbits about Upper East Side women’s hairstyles and what zeitgeistey things they say. The big exception, of course, is Elizabeth Kolbert’s mind-blowing environmental pieces.