Thanks to Ms. Schwartz Greco for bringing this issue to topic here.
During my journalism career I did not experience much gender discrimination, though my opportunities were limited due to the fact I couldn’t afford to finish college for that prerequisite degree,
However, when I was doing songwriting and composition, I found it very difficult to break into the music business because it is male-dominated and they don’t take women seriously - they think of us as only groupies. In the journalism business, especially broadcasting, it hinges a lot on sex appeal. Broadcasting in mainstream media does have a penchant for hiring an inordinate number of women possessing Western attributes. For instance, the on-air duo which often consists of a male of any race, and a sexy blonde.
When I wrote my first-ever editorial for a major city daily, in the reaction it caused, I realized that editors will often include liberal editorials for the purpose of selling more papers due to the overwhelming reactions by conservatives. It brings readership up and it’s good for the ad revenue. They thrive on controversy.
“Liberal” has been made such a pejorative, that mainstream newspapers fear losing readership, especially in the wake of the reactionary onslaught. That’s why I think they don’t want to be identified as a “liberal” outfit if they publish more left-leaning scribes. Right-wing reactionaries are very adept at harnessing the bully pulpit. They have no qualms about smearing, hate campaigns and blacklisting. They are not afraid to get ugly, and it makes them money. That’s why pundits on Fox news and Rush Limbaugh, and their ilk are still in business. I wish this weren’t so.
Personally, I don’t like what I perceive as outright fascism and censorship taking place in this country. Were I strong, healthy and wealthy enough I would leave the United States altogether and practice my trade as a journalist elsewhere.