Slate sucks at vagina politics

Okay, Slate, an article about how to do your make up so you look like a porn star? I cannot get my head around it. You put it on the XX factor and do not appear to have thought about the ethical implications. You’ve created this segment of your news and culture site specifically to address “what women really think,” so I’ll tell you what I really think:

You are holding out porn in such a way that it makes a porn “look” (if not a porn lifestyle) aspirational. You have not engaged in necessary and serious debate surrounding the financial and physical exploitation of women within that industry (both nationally and globally). You have not considered how your casual presentation of the porn industry may affect the mindset of the millions of young women readers who visit your site for information and analysis. Lest I sound like a prude, be assured that I am not unilaterally anti-porn, but I am unilaterally pro thoughtfulness.

It would be one thing if you had always cast yourself as a kind of Jerry Springer-style infotainment site. But in the “About Us” section of Slate.com you identify yourself as a “general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture.” Analysis? Where? No you don’t.

From the cardinals’ silly hat story yesterday, to the increasingly absurd topics in the Dear Prudence column (today’s headline: “Help! My wife barely used her vibrator before she died!”), you are clearly incapable of serious analysis.

You run Zulily ads that feature women of all sizes and include articles on topics like “Why Is It So Hard to Get Women to Come to International Conferences?” But running a mishmash of articles that slam into gender politics one way or another is not the same as providing any coherent or cogent analysis. I am not saying you should shift to a more academic or analytic publication, not at all; just that you are not living up to your own mission statement as you already have it. Meantime you have tossed journalistic ethics (and news judgement) out the window, a sorry state of affairs.

 

PS – Your other recent articles have also been idiotic. See thumbnail photo above.

 

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