She must stay thin and young-looking, while her male colleague can grow fat and bald in peace. – Eliana Dockterman
From a PBS NewsHour, anchor Judy Woodruff and her guest, Mark Shields:
|Mark Shields||Judy Woodruff|
|Highly respected political columnist||Highly respected anchor, PBS NewsHour|
|Hair: Gray||Hair: Blond|
|Chin: Sagging, jowly||Chin: Taut, sculpted|
|Neck: Thick, flabby||Neck: Taut, sculpted|
|Arms: Not visible, suspect flabby||Arms: Slender, toned|
|Build: Portly||Build: Slender|
What’s wrong with this picture?
Here’s what’s wrong:
Two highly respected journalists, of comparable age, both with many years in the business.
But if Judy Woodruff had gray hair, jowls, and a portly build, she wouldn’t have an on-air job.
Even if she was 30 years younger, with gray hair, jowls, and a portly build she’d be banished to a back cube in the newsroom. If she was able to have a job in journalism at all.
What if Judy was losing her hair? Would she lose her job, too? Have you ever seen a balding woman hosting a TV program? Compare and contrast that with…
Matt Lauer, Unemployed
Mark Bittman, PBS
Peter Mansbridge, CBC
Bill O’Reilly, Unemployed
Yeah, that stinks.