“There’s something about jumping for a bouquet that reflects the era, not so long ago, when getting married was seen as the pinnacle of a woman’s existence. Despite what rom-coms might have us believe, most women who are old enough to have C-suite jobs and mortgages don’t relish the opportunity to catch airborne hydrangeas.”
My piece in Sunday’s NYT about the death of the wedding bouquet toss.
Still: this is bigger than a sourcing problem. This is a byline problem, a Style section problem, a language problem, a trend story problem, a lazy journalism problem, an oversimplification problem. Also: I fundamentally reject the notion that women are less likely to want to be quoted.
There are free online databases to check for plagiarism. Maybe what we need is a free online database to check for dumbass, avoidable gender bias.
In an analysis of 352 front-page stories from the January and February of this year, a study found that the New York Times quoted more than three times as many male as female sources. Read more at Poynter
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"Ms. Uttech, a trim, chipper 42-year-old…”
Should the public editor just ban the Times from any sort of physical descriptions?
She’s a source of widespread frustration and anxiety who is demoralizing, uncaring, morale-draining, and very unpopular. He demands excellence and relevance.
She is difficult to work with, unreasonable, impossible, stubborn. He has a strong vision and insists on seeing it carried out.
She is AWOL and disengaged. He attended Sundance and SXSW.
She is not a naturally charismatic person, not approachable, tough as nails. He is direct.
She is brusque, blunt, and dismissive. He does not like to waste time.
She is uncaring, unable to march forward or provide reassurance, and doesn’t make people feel good. He is not your mommy.
She is condescending. He is the boss.
Pretty much. Via annfriedman.
Nora Ephron, as recalled by her son, Jacob Bernstein, in a heartbreaking piece about his mother’s final days in this week’s Times magazine
First world problems. But still.
This is the kind of Bushmaster .223 assault rifle that was used to murder 20 children and 6 adults in Sandy Hook this week. It is also the same kind of assault rifle used in the DC sniper shootings, the recent shooting in Colorado, and by troops in Afghanistan. In Connecticut, each victim was hit more than once — and the medical examiner told the Times that the wounds were “all over, all over.” There is no reason that anybody needs a weapon of this caliber for anything but warfare.
Perhaps Gail Collins put it best:
“Every country has a sizable contingent of mentally ill citizens. We’re the one that gives them the technological power to play God.”
March 13, 1993: a powerful snowstorm with the “heart of a blizzard and the soul of a hurricane” rammed the East Coast, spawning tornadoes and 6-foot snowdrifts, killing 33 people and cutting power to 2.5 million homes. A week later, this photo, showing a woman struggling against the elements on 14th Street, appeared with a blurb about the reeling insurance industry, which struggled to cover the billions of dollars of recent storm damage. Photo: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
An army of mannequins stacked up in a warehouse in Long Island, 1970. From the @nytimes photo morgue. #photography #archives #nyc #mannequins (Taken with Instagram)
So begins the lead of this New York Times piece, about the gender discrimination lawsuit shaking Silicon Valley. Kind of an odd way to start a piece about sexism, no?