Does Slate’s Hanna Rosin Think Women Only Care About “Women’s Issues?”

Recently the media is all aflame about how “women’s issues” will affect the election, vis–à–vis the current contraception debate. Of course to call something a “women’s issue” implies that it’s “special” and not of general concern to the public. (I believe men care about family planning that’s why it’s called “family planning.”)

In a blog on Slate’s DoubleX Factor that was probably meant to demonstrate how important these recent issues are to women, Hanna Rosin seems to be saying that women only care about women’s issues (read: birth control) and not, say, the economy.

There is a moment in every recent election when issues that women care about become the critical issues of the campaign. This moment might arise because of a candidate’s mistress (Clinton) or because a women is on the ticket (other than Clinton, Sarah Palin)…This was supposed to be an election about the economy.

Rosin, a founding editor of DoubleX, clearly cares about women’s representation in the media, but she probably could have found a better way to discuss the role of women in the election.

Also the picture above the article (see above) leaves much to be desired. It’s of a seemingly hysterical woman. We’re not sure if she’s screaming or crying, but Slate definitely could have gone with another photo.


Published by Kate McCarthy on 03/06/2012

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