How fake news and trends hurt women

News & Politics

Fed up with the noise over the so-called "Opt-out revolution" and girls "hogging" all the attention in school? Head over to Uprising Radio and listen to journalist Caryl Rivers' impressively entertaining and insightful keynote speech from the WAM Conference last weekend. Rivers spends around 20 minutes talking about how market-driven news specifically hurts women in both the workplace and home. During the introduction, she runs down a number of the "feeding frenzy story" themes that seem to dominate news about women these days:

  • Nannies who kill babies and the bad working mothers who hire them
  • Miserable career women who don't have children
  • Miserable career women who have lousy sex
  • Daycare children who become nasty bullies
  • Children of divorced mothers who have lifelong problems
  • Women who get too much education and can't get a man
  • Women who get too much education and become infertile
  • Selfish mothers who neglect their children
  • The death of the family, caused by selfish women
  • Girls who get all the attention in school while boys languish, caused by evil feminist teachers
  • Women who love their jobs so much, they spend most of their time there, neglecting their children
  • Women who only want men for their money
  • White women who get murdered
  • Women who age badly
  • Women who can't do science and math

She asks the audience, "Are these familiar?" to which resounding applause and whistles are the answer. Rivers goes on to deconstruct these ridiculous "studies" (one recent story failed to mention that the study used for its basis was done in the 1930s, for example), arming us with the artillery to break down these myths that threaten the progress women have made in last 30 years. To boot, her sense of humor and style make it fun to listen and learn. (Thanks to Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar for the link!)

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