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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Margaretta Pos

Copy that! Tony’s example helps Mercury fall, Sport …

There has been much railing against the inclusion of only one woman in Tony Abbott’s Coalition Cabinet. And it’s worth noting that the woman in question, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, often will be absent overseas.

Rather closer to home, there is the (almost) total absence of women in the Hobart Mercury’s sports pages. An analysis of the newspaper’s sports coverage over one week is revealing:

Monday 16th September: twelve pages of sport, 19 photos, only 1 of women (Diamonds netball game against the Kiwis in the Constellation Cup).

Tuesday 17th September: seven pages of sport, 17 photos, none of women.

Wednesday 18th: seven pages of sport, 12 photos, none of women.

Thursday 19th September: eleven pages of sport, 17 photos, 1 of women (Diamonds netball against the Kiwis).

Friday 20th September: nine pages of sport, 13 photos, none of women.

Saturday 21st September: ten pages of sport, 17 photos, none of women.

Over six days, the Mercury published 95 photos of sportspeople. Of these photos, only two were of women. Adding weight to this imbalance, many photos were of group shots, so dozens of men were portrayed.

It would seem that the Mercury’s editor must think that it’s game, set and match against women in sport. (Unless, of course, some golden girl pops up now and then).

Can’t be helping circulation … Dead-Tree Media continues to topple …

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. A.K.

    September 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Who cares, the Mercury is a rotten paper and haven’t bought one for many years and won’t. Get rid of the current politicians and system, fix the state and the mercury will go away naturally, as everyone dumps it because of its massive righting, elitist ideological bias and worthless for our society.

    Stop whining and change the system, which is the only way to get equality of opportunity for everyone.

  2. pilko

    September 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Good work Margaretta

  3. Stephan

    September 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Sigh –

    and yet, there you are. The primary focus of attention for almost 50% of the community and legitimately 100% in the main when other things are added to the mix.

    The dichotomy of focusing on males and “blokeyness” (is that actually a word?) intrigues me.

    Dunno.

  4. Margaretta Pos

    September 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve never met the editor Stephan, so it could be stupidity or ignorance, as you suggest, rather than deliberate. I rather hope it’s ignorance, which means he is open to education. Also, I realise it’s Grand Final time for lots of footy codes, so obviously, there would be far more photos of men in the paper … but only two out of 95 were of women??

  5. Stephan

    September 26, 2013 at 11:50 am

    To paraphrase a trite but true saying I repeat to myself regularly:

    Never attribute something to maliciousness when sheer stupidity (or ignorance) is the alternative because it’s more likely the former. In Tasmania I have been impressed by how often self important people err from the depths of thoughtful repose.

    Occam’s razor Margaret. Are you positively sure that people (the editor, etc) are “consciously” excluding women? Really?

    Because that’s really sad if so – from both perspectives I can see. (I’m sure there’re more)

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