Breast-obsessed journalism


in Rants, Writing

One definite issue with The Economist is that they can be somewhat sexist at times. Writing one obituary to a pair of breasts might be excusable. Writing a second is excessive, especially if you go on to mention them in a third weeks later.

Back in 2004, they even commented on their tastes:

The Economist, apparently, had more frontal nudity in its photographs than all the other magazines combined. When it came to “partial breast exposure”, it was at the top of the league. Particularly curious to the authors was our use of sexual content to illustrate stories on topics such as finance and technology. A photograph of three bikini-clad beauty contestants, used to illustrate a story on financial regulation, with the caption “Pick your regulator”, was both emblematic and problematic.

It’s probably time to give it a rest.

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Alison April 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

More cheek from the Economist. Sexist attitudes dressed up in snappy and lucid writing still suck.

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