"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Note to MSN: Sexist Titles Ruin Articles


Nobody likes to polarize the sexes more than the fluffy "news" features at msn.com (as seen here and here), so leave it to them to dumb-ify an otherwise interesting article about health problems that are more likely to affect women than men by slapping it with this title: Men: The Stronger Sex?

Need I even explain why it's condescendingly sexist to lightheartedly imply that the reason more women than men are plagued with issues like eating disorders and depression is that we're just weaker than men are?



Anonymous said...

Let me guess, men have less breast and uterine cancer than women? And less PMS? And this is why I don't read MSN (more silly nooz).

Anonymous said...

To be fair, most of the problem comes down to the fact that MSN (as with many other news aggregators) doesn't do much in-house content. Almost all of the problematic articles (and there are many) there are sourced from such dubious places as Men's Health, Esquire and that bastion of sexist bullshit, Cosmopolitan.

And sadly? That shit sells. It gets clicks and therefore it makes money, so they keep pushing it. Just as all of those sexist publications they draw from make scads of cash, too.

If you don't like it, don't click on it, because the more you do, the more people think it's popular and they'll make more of it.

Anonymous said...

Kamran and I have noticed an abundance of this sort of thing on TV news programs, too. Especially Fox News, who likes to keep banners that say things like, "Obama: Baby-Eating Terrorist?" on the bottom of your screen. If you just pass by and don't stick around for the one second where they admit that no, he's not, it's very effective.

(First time I've not said something devil's advocatey in your blog?)

Anonymous said...

I googled "sexist msn" because, over the span of my 4 or 5 years using hotmail, I notice that MSN news stories are almost always degrading to MEN. Let's see a blog about THAT, ay?

Tracey said...

Not my problem. Go ahead and start a blog about it if you like.