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Jewish World Review
Sept. 15, 2006
/ 22 Elul, 5766
All Women All the Time
I guess I'd better start this column off with a disclaimer. I do not hate women. I am married, in the traditional way, to a woman - a woman I love very much. I have a sister, whom I love. I had a wonderful mother, whom I loved. There have been and there still are many good women in my life. (Now get ready for the "but.") But I'm really getting sick and tired of all the sob sister complaints. Complaints such as the following:
Women never get the same opportunities as do men. Women aren't paid as much. Women are regarded as second class citizens. Women are degraded. There is a "glass ceiling" for women.
Take your pick of any feminist victim line and I can disprove it with one word. Television. Women have more air time on television than men do by far. Not only that but they are represented in a far better light than are men over all, and white men in particular. This is true for all aspects of programming, news reporting, and commercials. The only place where men still are the dominant sex is in televised sports - but in time that will ultimately change, I'm sure.
Turn on the set and see for yourself. More news reporters are women. More announcers are women. More shows feature women which cater to women viewers. Of all men, black men and Latin men fare better than the white guys and are portrayed in a better light. White men, when they are depicted at all, are generally the villains or the jerks, or the dummies or the slobs, or all of the above. And that goes triple for commercials.
The big news in TV news this past week or so was centered on Katie Couric, Rosie O'Donnell, and Meredith Vieira. Perky Couric is the first solo woman anchor of an American weekday evening news show. She is also the highest-paid anchor of any gender, with a salary of $15 million and a $10 million promotional campaign. No television news person has ever been paid more than our gal Katie - no one. She now joins the big bucks girls club alongside Oprah Winfrey, the highest paid human being on television, who is reported to earn $1.6 million per show; and Judge Judy Sheindlin, earning about $25 million a year. Poor, poor women just never get paid as much as men.
On Wednesday, Meredith Vieira, formally one of the yamering hens on "The View," made her debut on 'Today,' taking Katie's place. Meredith appears to be the perfect woman to replace Couric, since her politics are just as liberal. She even marched in an anti-war protest in 2004 and has made public statements such as declaring that the "entire pretext for war" was "built on lies." Poor liberal women who never get the chance to express their "views" (no pun intended).
And speaking of lies, that brings us to lesbian dyke, Rosie O'Donnell, who is now a regular on "The View" said on air the day right after the 5th anniversary of 9/11 that "radical" Christians in America are just as much of a threat as the followers of radical Islam who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. This repulsive sorry excuse for a person has as much hatred towards Christians and America as she does toward men. And that's a lot!
And speaking of lesbians, a radio company whose founders include social activist Gloria Steinem and actress Jane Fonda, has launched an all-women, all-talk network across the United States. The company is called Greenstone Media. Steinem said the network, which is run by women, aims to provide an alternative to current radio talk, which she describes as "very argumentative, quite hostile, and very much male-dominated." I only wish the Steinem/Fonda radio network all the luck that Air America had (If you haven't heard, the Sorros-sponsored enterprise is a major flop that has finally declared bankruptcy).
I could go on and on, and maybe some day I will, about all the CEO's and presidents of major corporations that are women. I could talk about all the women executives who hold powerful positions in the entertainment industry, the producers, writers, and agency big shots who are women. So many women at the very top levels.
Not only that, but look around you - women are in every kind of job there is; jobs that once were only, or preponderantly for men. Women are doing it all. Barbers, doctors, lawyers, sales, marketing, civil service, armed forces - women are everywhere and no one is stopping them from doing anything they want. Women are also graduating collage and universities at a higher percentage than are men.
No, women just don't get the opportunities that men do. Yeah, right. Tell it to Rosie. Only someone as preposterous and screwed up as she is could swallow that drivel.
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