One of the main themes UNESCO is focussing on during this year’s World Press Freedom Day is gender imbalance in the media. Today, women are still poorly represented in journalism and the media workplace. In South Africa, women are scarcely found in the higher ranks of the country’s media organisations. They also earn on average less than their male equivalent does. Women earn approximately 20% less than men in the newsroom. This according to a study done a decade ago by the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef). Though this is extremely old information we can assume not much has changed when taking into account more recent studies done in the UK and USA. The latter studies show that women are also poorly represented in newspaper bylines. …show more content…
The abovementioned Sanef study found that discriminatory practices, patriarchy and sexism among other problems are still evident in the newsroom. An ongoing problem is horizontal segregation, where women are restricted to specific subject matters. In the newsroom, women are regularly pushed to cover more lifestyle feature and soft news articles, often described as “pink topics.” These include covering fashion and makeup, cooking and food writing, features on home decorating and family. An area where women are even scarcer is sport journalism, even though more women are actively following sport events than in the past. For the American sports channel, ESPN, 90% of their news editors are male. South Africa is a nation obsessed with sport, yet female sport journalists are rarely given a chance to succeed. What’s noteworthy, however, is that women are cast as sports reporters more often than men, which is a good thing, however this is usually done in order to attract attention to the news station. These reporters often suffer harassment from fans and even the athletes they cover. Female sport journalists suffer an increased amount of critique because of a sexist society claiming women know less about sport than …show more content…
News photography positions at media organisations have been shrinking over the past decade no thanks to camera-happy smartphone wielders supplying the images anyone wants and needs. Though what’s more upsetting is the evident gender gap in this industry. In a recent study done by State of News Photography, they found that large media organisations were less likely to employ female photographers (7%) than their male equivalent (22%). However, those women lucky enough to be employed were assigned less work than their male colleagues and were most likely to do part-time
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The article refers to the fact that society prefers men’s sports over women’s sports due to the fact that they are more fast-paced, dramatic and these elements relate to high TV ratings. It also states that men make up the majority of the viewing audience and prefer watching men’s sporting events (Title IX A Losing Game For
The speech given by Clare Boothe Luce to the Women’s National Press Club was controversial and even condemning of her audience. However, Luce pulls it off by gently preparing the audience for the criticism: she employs the fact that they invited her there to speak, a strong consideration for their feelings, praises of their profession, and a clear plea for open mindedness. She does things to create a peaceful and relaxed tone despite her words. She opens the speech with a paradox about being happy and enlightened; first saying she is “flattered” and honored, then she flips her original statement saying she is “less happy than you may think” (lines 3-4). Luce uses these positive terms to open her speech in order to set a specific mood, a mood that makes her intentions clear that she is not out to verbally assault the audience, but she is in fact going to critique and criticize them.
American journalist and politician, Clare Boothe Luce, in her opening speech at the 1960 Women’s National Press Club meeting, prepares her audience, qualifying and defending her forthcoming criticism. Luce’s purpose is to provoke thought in the journalist’s minds on what journalism is really about at its core. She adopts a frank and humorous tone to best capture the attention of her intended audience of female journalists. Through, appealing to the ethos, logos, and pathos with flattery, syllogism, and rhetorical questioning to prepare the audience for her message: “the tendency of the American press to sacrifice journalistic integrity in favor of the perceived public demand for sensationalist stories.” In the first paragraph of her speech, Luce assures the audience that “[she is] happy and flattered to be a guest of honor…”
However, the way they interpret and think about the topics contrast greatly. It’s important for both men and women to fully understand each author’s perspective. Significant issues that affect society are presented in each article; therefore, understanding the leadership gap, strategies of maintaining a work-balance lifestyle, and realizing how men are discussed and regarded in women-based articles is
This is evident through the perspective of which Oprah conveys to the audience, stating rather that such issues “transcend any culture, geography, race, religion. Politics or workplace.” Thus, such ideas that Oprah explores are not limited to the confides of the film industry, and as such her speech stands as a reflection to all issues and controversies regarding global and societal mistreatment and discrimination. Oprah further emphasizes the struggles to which most women must endure so as to speak out against such controversies, with her main, yet subtle, critique directed towards the scrutiny of the mud-slinging Fake News campaign. Oprah simply states that “we all know the press is under siege these days.”
When was the last time you saw a female American football player in the media? In most cases, the response would be never, due to the lack of women who play American football. American football is associated with masculinity and patriotism. Although Title IX prevents discrimination on the basis of sex, it seems as if American football is an unwritten exception to that law. The media is one of the main reasons to the lack of female football players.
Gender Inequality in sports is an issue as old as sport itself. I choose this topic because we as a society seem to sweep it under the rug time after time. Women in sports however, try to address the issue only to have it go on deaf ears, leaving them to continue in the sport hoping something will change. Over the last few decades, strides have been made, but he sport remains an institution dominated by men. These women, whether they are in sport or in the business world, want a fair chance to be on the same level as their male counterparts.
Susan S. Lanser’s “Feminist Criticism, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper,’ and the politics of color in America” examines the impacts “The Yellow Wallpaper” had on feminist writing styles and critiques. Lanser writes that the story helps to analyze the reading trough “the lens of a female consciousness” and apply the knowledge gained from a female perspective onto other literature (418). The transition that the narrator displays from being dependent on John to becoming independent reflects the feminist movement and challenges the “male dominance” that currently takes precedence in society (418). The “patriarchal prisonhouse” that is society controls the narrator and oppresses women not only in “The Yellow Wallpaper” but in real life as well (419). The
According to the latest forbes list of highest paid actresses and actors, we are surprising about the pay gap between actresses and actors in hollywood. The world’s 10 highest paid actresses received a total of $205 million over the last year, it seems a lot, but when comparing with the 10 highest paid actors combine earning $456.5 million, actresses are paying less than their mate counterpart. Jennifer Lawrence, who earn $46 million as the highest paid actress last year, only rank six if she was an actor. It is hard to image in hollywood, a place where people fight for the inequality and women 's rights, still suffering from gender pay gap. We cannot deny that gender discrimination still underneath hollywood in every aspect and a number of factors are accountable for the gender pay gap in hollywood.
In Today’s society the media plays a huge part in the way that we see male and female athletes. It is pretty clear that the media portrays male athletes to be the more dominate in any sport that is played; Males receive a huge amount more of media attention than their female counterparts. It is very clear when you watch any news about sport that the media come across very bias towards males and how the see them. As an example when the media is talking about a males achievements in sports they mainly focus on there on their skills and there performance and how hard the strive to achieve their goals, but on the other hand when they are talking about women and the achievement’s they seams to talk about more there physical appearance and what they
Sports and soccer are social practices which provide us with a wide range of social interaction with passion and emotion. If we think about English soccer and fandom, most people would picture a man drinking beer and supporting the team he is passionate about. Actually, this image is common, according to Tofoletti, female fans are more or less ignored; indeed, “historical studies have demonstrated the exclusion of women from many sports and their highly restrictive participation in others” (2013: 2). Certainly, it considers to what extent stereotypes of female in contrast to male sports fan reveal about gender differences in soccer. This paper argues that sexism is strongly embedded in soccer, meaning sexist attitudes and actions continue
The constitution allows media its freedom of speech through which it exercises its viewpoints and global views and therefore plays a leading role in the Nations future (Pradesh, 2014). Mainly through mass media, communication is carried out at large to scattered, heterogeneous and anonymous audiences (Pradesh, 2014). Thus, it is the communication through which our society can estimate the realities of life and gets a chance to focus on social matters and issues that can be discussed freely and openly (“Role of Media in Social Awareness”, 2013). Not only does communication play a significant role, but entertainment as well, consequently one being Cosmopolitan, as a national women’s magazine, plays a significant role in shaping the nations view and due to its origin, it display that of the American women.
This imbalance of the way females and males are treated within all levels of sport is a topic in society which needs to be discussed more frequently. This topic was chosen as it closely relates to mine own life and I wish to find out the