Real Majority, Media Minority: The Costs of Sidelining Women in Reporting

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While some women have become multi-million dollar earners, the perspectives of most women are still sidelined, Flanders documents. And that's not just sexism, she says - it's bad reporting. Real Majority, Media Minority gathers together into one collection almost ten years of Flanders extraordinary essays and interviews analyzing the structure and habits of commercial news media. In an eloquent argument, she says it's time to go beyond simple "bean counting." "What's critical isn't who's telling the story, but ...
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While some women have become multi-million dollar earners, the perspectives of most women are still sidelined, Flanders documents. And that's not just sexism, she says - it's bad reporting. Real Majority, Media Minority gathers together into one collection almost ten years of Flanders extraordinary essays and interviews analyzing the structure and habits of commercial news media. In an eloquent argument, she says it's time to go beyond simple "bean counting." "What's critical isn't who's telling the story, but how the story's being told."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567510904
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
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Introduction: The Other Half of the Story 1
Compassion Rationed 13
Public Enemy Number One? Media's Welfare Debate is a War on Poor Women 15
Five Media Myths About Welfare 25
The Willie Horton of Welfare: Interview with Frances Fox Piven 28
Family Values: Single Motherhood and Welfare: Interview with Theresa Funicello 32
Budgets Made Boring: Covering Economics without Women 37
With Jobs at Stake, Women are Ignored 42
The Celebrity and the Sweatshops: Kathie Lee's "Star Power" Outshines Child Workers 44
The Exploitation of Workers in Chinese Restaurants: Interview with Joanne Lum 49
Women ARE the News 55
Whose Story Is It Anyway? A Forum on Coverage of Women's Stories 58
Far-Right Militias and Anti-Abortion Violence: Media Disconnect 61
Homophobia, Racism and Sexism? Connections are Clear to Far Right 67
Haitian Women Are Out of Frame: And Their Abusers are Out of Sight 69
Locked-Up Women Locked Out of Coverage 72
Women in Prison: Interview with Bobbie Stein 74
Prisoners Are People: Interview with Laura Whitehorn 80
The Media and Mississippi's Mothers of the Disappeared Interview with Andrea Gibbs and Louise Bernikow 84
Media Turned Population Debate into Pope vs. Veep 89
Population Fictions: Interview with Betsy Hartman 92
The China Syndrome: When Women Talk, Media Listen...to Politicians 95
Covering Rape: "To Friends, a Fab Four" 100
Campus Feminists: The Media's New Bogeywomen 103
Paula Jones and Sex Harassment: The World Stayed Right-Side Up 106
Super Bowl Success Sparks Good Ol' Boys' Backlash 109
Some Families' Values: Rocking the Cradle of Sexual Politics: Interview with Louise Armstrong 112
Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes: Discussion with Helen Benedict 115
Rhymes With Bitch 119
Anti-Gay Violence: Off the New York Times' Agenda 123
Femme, Fair, Fabulous: The Media's Lesbian Chic 125
The Pundit Spectrum: How Many Women - and Which Ones? 132
The Sound of Silence: Where are the Feminists in Talk Radio? 135
The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax: Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes 140
Why Read the Right? A Feminist Perspective 149
Conservative Women are Right for Media: Mainstream Media Have Finally Found Some Women to Love 152
Hate on Tape: The Religious Right's Video Strategy 157
Merger Mania 162
Promise Keepers, Media Sleepers 164
Beware: P.R. Implants in News Coverage 172
The Doctor's Case Against the Pill: Interview with Barbara Seaman 183
Is It Real...Or Is It Astroturf? PR Firm Finds "Grassroots" Support for Breast Implants 190
The Politics of Health: The Menopause Industry: Interview with Sandra Coney 193
Clean and Cogent: Interview with Lucy Gwinn 198
How Alternative Is It? Feminist Media Activists Take Aim at the Progressive Press 202
Defending Our Lives: Interview with Margaret Lazarus 206
Grappling with Gingrich: Interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now 210
Volunteer Slavery: Interview with Jill Nelson 214
Virtual Equality: Interview with Urvashi Vaid 217
Ask, We'll Tell: Gay and Lesbian Independent Film and Video 221
Hard Cases and Human Rights: With Catharine MacKinnon in the City of Freud 232
J'Accuse! 240
Fruit of the Loom's Seedy Deal: Irish Labor Ripe for Picking 247
Building the Resistance 256
Bringing the War Home 261
Marginalized Experts: Beyond Beijing (Remarks to the NGO Forum on Women, China 1995) 267
Resources 277
Index 280
About the Author 294
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