Well hot damn, Jezebel. We thought we knew you! We thought that you, like Salon, and New York Magazine, and even the Women’s Media Center, would see our piece as a brave weapon in a struggle that’s not over. And, like all those places and others, we thought you’d take at least some pleasure in Newsweek’s willingness to look critically at itself, and see something positive in the fact that we convinced our editors to let us write about sexism at Newsweek in the pages of Newsweek—something that has never, ever happened before (and something, we might add, that took months and months and months of extensive reporting and editing to make happen). But man, it’s like you’re actively trying to find something to criticize. How is it that we’ve got the old guard championing the piece, and the young new wave—of which we’re a part—tries to discredit it with left-field accusations of racism?
Turning the story into a statement about race is simply, well, beside the point. We’ll leave it to one of your own commenters, who we think summed it up best:
Are you kidding? That’s it? That is SO not the point of the article or of the issue. Yes, it is always important to point out lack of diversity, but c’mon Jezebel! You had the opportunity here to point out a MAJOR milestone in the history of women and sexism in the workplace and you blew it. very disappointing, Jezebel. -Thayer
Sigh. We’ll miss you, Jezebel. You really mattered to us once.
Love, Jesse, Jess, Sarah