In 2018. This is not an anomaly. This is business as usual in journalism. For an industry that pretends to be progressive, they are anything but.
When I worked as a journalist, the matter-of-fact sexism was rampant. I had editors who thought I would flip for the chance to cover bridesmaids’ dresses. The implied reasoning was that as a young, single female, I was in journalism to find myself a rich husband and trick him into marrying me. The job was part of the master plan: I had a legitimate excuse for getting in contact with these fabulously wealthy bachelors, or least unhappily married man covertly, but actively on the prowl for a younger model.
That wasn’t happening. I was there because that was my career.
But it is a sexist business — and a bigoted one. It is that skewed perspective that impacts ob coverage — from the stories that are covered to the narratives used to tell them.
These stats do not surprise me — nor that it is still happening in this day and age…