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    I worked for that famous sports magazine for about ten years. Of course sports is considered a very male dominated area. Title IX may have changed that some, but not in the echelons of power, where media is concerned.
    It was not unusual to find your opinion about sports marginalized because you were female. Your idea was dismissed as "stupid", or somehow unworthy, while the same idea, later presented by a man was "brilliant."
    And that famous issue with all the half-naked babes on the cover and inside? It was supposed to show off swimsuits, but read more like soft core porn. And try having a meeting with an editor and being faced, daily, with those same half naked women on his calendar, the one given free to all employees. And forget the yearly meeting where photos for that issue were gone over to choose the best. Talk about tongues hanging out and much drooling.
    I remember having a discussion and being stared in the chest, instead of the face (Yo, dude! I'm up here!). A well known football writer kept falling asleep at the NFL Super Bowl presser, his hand conveniently landing in my lap several times, "by accident."
    And yes, there were women in editorial position, but never did they get to the top. There were (and still are) women writers, but they were (and still are) mostly confined to the softer sports. Never will you see (at least in my lifetime) a woman as the premier beat writer of the big four sports (baseball, basketball, football or hockey - though hockey often sees more female participation due to its existence as the least popular of the four).
    Further, women at the magazine were usually seen as expendable, especially if they were older, in order to provide opportunity for guys of color. They needed to have "diversity", so while a woman was told to clean out her desk, a guy (especially if a minority) was moved from job to job, so they could keep that minority head count to a level where the white guys (who pretty much ran everything, whether a magazine or at the corporate level) could feel comfortable and able to pat themselves on the back for promoting diversity.
    That's not to say white guys weren't moved around. There were many white guys who didn't cut it as reporters, writers, editors, etc. who, rather than being shown the door, were either moved to another magazine or "promoted" to some created position so he wouldn't lose face.
    It was an interesting experience, to say the least. I've always loved sports. I've always played sports. so working there was, as you can guess, a dream job.
    Until the day I was told my position was being eliminated and I was gone (this was in the media consolidation of the 90's). Funny though, my job never went away. They just tweaked the title and filled it with a white guy who needed a job, because they didn't know what to do with him.
    Sigh.

    A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit.

    by MA Liberal on Sun May 22, 2011 at 01:56:59 PM PDT

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