posts about or somewhat related to ‘men’

My brother, in almost every conversation we’ve ever had about work, he’s always said to me, “You have to be humble.” I mean, the job of a reporter is kind of omnidirectional self-abasement, right? You’re going to experts who know more than you about the thing in its kind of structural terms. You’re going to people who are being affected by it in ways that you aren’t, so they know more about how it feels and how it’s working in a way, and certainly their lives, than you do. You’re going to an editor who has a better sense than you do for story structure and how things need to be if they’re going to work. You’re going to readers who ultimately are the judge of your success. I mean it’s a funny position in that way, because you really need to be able to learn from all kinds of different people.

Ezra Klein, Editor in Chief of in Esquire’s The Mentorship Project, a series of fifty interviews with men about the mentors who made them who they are today.

The Internet hasn’t given me a thick skin, because I already had one. I think women are better suited to dealing with commenters than men because we have the experience of having been eighth grade girls. No troll in the comments will ever have as intimate an understanding of all your insecurities as your teenage best friends, so the trolls have no idea what scabs to pick. Men seem more wounded by mean comments, and they expect you to be, too, saying stuff like, “I can’t believe the comments on your post! They’re so personal!” And then you look and it’s like someone calling you “a feminazi with bad hair.” And you think, Are you kidding? I have great hair.

Wondering where all the lady journalists are? →


Well, they’re on Tumblr, where all the cool people are.  

Lady Journos is a blog dedicated to highlighting ”the work of journalists who happen to be women” and to closing “the byline gender gap.”  Follow away.  

Serendipity: just finished reading Elissa Strauss’ follow-up on the byline gap in magazine publishing. In it she gets feedback from editors at the New Yorker, Harper’s, NY Review of Books and TNR about their thoughts on gender disparity in magazine writing. 

Now it’s off to follow the ladies.

(Source: thepoliticalnotebook)