Gender Bias? What Gender Bias- Oh, THAT Bias

If you have been following the election at all this year, it should come as no surprise that women fared very well in the 2012 election. This year, women were significantly highlighted in the election. With the War on Women playing such a large role in campaigns, women taking a record number of seats in Congress, and the women’s vote significantly influencing the outcome of the presidential election, it is no secret that women have become a powerhouse when it comes to campaigns and elections now.

In fact, the Washington Post has claimed that women are now just as likely as men to be portrayed as competent and possessing leadership skills in the media. They are also portrayed just as likely to be trustworthy or warm, no more and no less. Women are becoming more and more present in the media and in politics. The Washington Post’s article is interesting because it talks about how women are generally seen first for their fashion but that times are changing and that women are coming out of this stereotype/bias.

Yet, going to the Post’s home page, one of the links in the corner is one to an article about the colorful evolution of newswomen’s attire because it is oh so important that women no longer have to wear suits to be taken seriously. Yes, this is a very important issue.

So tell me again, Washington Post, how much about the women’s bias has really changed? If you’re claiming that women are making a difference and beginning to be portrayed in a different light in media, are you not counting yourself? There still so many articles that introduce women by talking about which designer that they decided to wear and women are more susceptible to be criticized for their fashion choices than men.

So has any progress really been made? I’m not too sure myself. It seems the Post isn’t too sure either. Maybe next time they post an article about women’s advances, they consider taking a look at what they’re posting on their own home page.

-Evita Chavez

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This is a blog about the 2012 presidential election. Content is generated by students in Professor Heldman's Politics 101 class. She does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here.
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