Good news! My mother has agreed to join me in the New Yorker whiteboy watch, so each week one of us will be posting the breakdown of men vs. women in the current issue of that rag mag that neither of us, despite having politics that are decidedly miles to the left of it, can stop reading.
I’m calling it “New Yorker Whiteboy Watch” because I would love to also post the stats on the overwhelming whiteness of the magazine. However, I don’t exactly have the time to go searching for photos of every contributor. If someone would like to do this and report back each week, please let me know! (A fellow hate it/love it/hate it NYer reader has kindly pointed out that many photos are available in the flickr set linked to in her sidebar, here. I should also point out that her blog, I Hate The New Yorker, is ridiculously awesome even when I disagree. Wait. I have no idea if “zp” is a man or woman, I’m just guessing the latter, and hoping that my feministdar [did I just make that up? Or is it so non-catchy that it didn’t need to be made up?]) is right.
As previously stated, I’d also love to see how many of the articles written by women are actually about men, so Mom, could we make a point to note that?
Fascinating – and completely expected! – results are sure to follow. Be on the lookout.
Do you think this is maybe a little simplistic? I must disagree. What better barometer of the massive inequalities inherent in our society than the fact that women make up less than 10% of general interest magazines like The NYer? Katy pointed out (in a comment to another post) that it would be a good idea to look at how many women submit to the magazine, which would be excellent. But unless some Conde Nasty NYer employee wants to collect that data for us, we’re stuck with the masthead. The argument could be made, of course, that if women contribute in much smaller numbers than men it is because they were socialized in a patriarchal society that didn’t adequately encourage them to write for publication, especially for magazines like the NYer. In this case, it wouldn’t be entirely their fault that they publish so few women.
But we’re going to blame them anyway! Woo!
(PS: Our other favorite target of useless loathing, Daniel Lazare, seems not to be publishing these days. I’ve got a Google alert on him and it hasn’t come up with anything lately. I take full credit for this.)