@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG Forcing women into narrow social roles is never a good fit. @jamilahking & @MotherJones explore issues related to women in media & how it impacts the news we consume. Join Thursdays, 8 pm ET, from 1/13/22, “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny.”
The attack on women we see in the U.S. today, and in The Handmaid’s Tale, is related to how our culture nurtures our perceptions of who women are, what women want, and what these projections of women mean for men. Getting it right is important if we want to have a culture where all people can thrive. Getting it wrong is like being forced to wear a tight pair of shoes. It hurts!
In The Handmaid’s Tale, women are forced into a narrow set of roles based on beliefs of the patriarchal theocrats about women’s roles and capacities in society. Where do these ideas come from?
In the podcast below, Jamilah King interviews Jessica Yellin. They discuss the importance of women telling women’s stories; conforming to ideas of perfection of women at work; keys to improving media coverage of under-covered stories; the different ways men and women cover the news; and Yellin’s News Not Noise Instagram podcast @jesssicayellin that breaks down the big stories of the day in a no drama way related to our lives.
King continues with clips of an event she hosted for Mother Jones where she explores how the media influences the way we think about women and power. She begins by asking the women to identify their superpowers which included organization, relentlessness, amplification and foresight. — LMO
“The key to covering the 2020 election? More women. From the #MeToo movement to the fight for workplace equality to the dystopian abortion bills popping up around the country, male supremacy is plainly on the agenda in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. How should the media, particularly women in media, cover such a fraught moment? To help guide us toward an answer, MoJo’s Jamilah King recently hosted two live events in New York City that brought together five women journalists of various ages and backgrounds. First, Jamilah spoke with Jessica Yellin, CNN’s former White House chief correspondent, at The Wing DUMBO, a women-only space in New York City, to discuss Yellin’s new novel, Savage News; the 2020 presidential election; the not-so-secret bro culture of cable news; and life after TV news. This week’s episode of the Mother Jones Podcast also contains highlights from another live event Jamilah hosted at Manhattan’s New School. The conversation features some of today’s leading women in media discussing the challenges and the hope of achieving equality in the industry: Imara Jones, a black transgender woman and host of The Last Sip on Free Speech TV; Antonia Hylton, correspondent and producer for Vice News Tonight on HBO; Kat Aaron, an organizer and producer at Pineapple Media; and Allie Maloney, senior politics editor at Teen Vogue.” — The Mother Jones Podcast
LISTEN TO | Women Are Under Attack and Fighting Back | The Mother Jones Podcast with Host Jamilah King | 5/22/2019