• Male Pundits Invited to Bloviate on Birth Control Twice as Often

    A couple of dudes over at Think Progress used their masculine natural math skills to work up some statistics on all the times that guests have been invited onto a cable news network to discuss the recent birth control/insurance controversy, and they discovered that men were twice as likely as women to be invited to speak

    Out of a total of 146 guests who discussed contraception, the cables invited 91 men compared to 55 women as commentators. In other words, males comprised 62 percent of the total guests who commented on contraception.

    Fox was the most gender stratified network — on the Business network, 10 of 11 guests were male; on the News side, male pundits took up 65 percent of the guest lineup (28 men vs. 15 women). Sixty percent of MSNBC's lineup was male (44 men vs. 31 women). And while CNN was more evenly balanced, it was still slightly tilted in favor of male perspectives (9 men vs. 8 women).

    To be fair, this doesn't necessarily have anything to do with a vein of latent sexism run through the cable news system. It could just be something as simple as this: Maybe all the women were busy having babies?

    Tags: CNN, Fox News, Men and Women, MSNBC, Sex


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