Washington Post Projects Its Culture of Sexism and Racism

Uber's recently narrowed their search for a new CEO down to three men. The fact that the company was not hiring a female CEO angered the Washington Post. The news organization produced an article emphasizing executives should be hired on based their gender

Statements from the article include:

While it’s not yet known who will become Uber’s next chief executive — the board expects make a decision before Labor Day — the position is now likely to be filled by a white man, possibly one that hails from one of the most old-school of American industries.
In interviews, female executives and recruiters in Silicon Valley expressed frustration that Uber wasn’t going to wind up with a woman at the helm after all -- and that the pickings were so slim to begin with.
Workplace experts pointed to a phenomenon known to researchers as “the glass cliff,” in which women are more often called into corporate leadership roles in times of crisis, and are therefore subject to more criticism if companies don’t perform well.
As much as I would love to see more women chief executives, too often women get the cleanup jobs, and I’d prefer to not always see women get the cleanup jobs,” said Elizabeth Ames, senior vice president at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. She pointed to Marissa Mayer, who received outsized positive attention when she left her job as a Google executive to run Yahoo, and outsized negative attention when she failed to turn that company around.
Ellen Pao, who became CEO of the online discussion site Reddit during a time of tumult, was pushed out by angry Reddit users in 2015. 
One recent study found that companies with positive reputations had higher-than-average numbers of women in senior leadership roles.

This article promotes a culture of sexism.  Its main premise is that employees should be hired based on their gender. Uber is supposed to hire a CEO using gender as the main criteria. Uber also needs a chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief marketing officer. All three positions are to be filled using gender as a hiring criteria. The news outlet also wants female executives hired after companies are already performing well. Once again, these hires are to be based on the applicant's gender. The article complains that women receive more criticism when they fail. However no evidence supporting this claim is provided. In reality, the news outlet is angered female CEO's are being judged in the same manner as male CEO's - based on their job performance.  The Post also tacitly promoted its racist idea that hiring white male managers is wrong. Lastly, the recent study  referenced by the Washington Post is a vague and arbitrary feminist index claiming companies with more female managers have better reputations. Its based on feminist dogma rather than scientific research.

Another recent Washington Post article also promoted the importance of judging people on the basis of their gender rather than the quality of their skills. The article titled  "Why these professors are warning against promoting the work of straight, white men"  focuses on two  feminists, Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne. The feminists argue that scholars or researchers disproportionately cite the work of white men, thereby unfairly adding credence to the body of knowledge they offer while ignoring the voices of other groups, like women and black male academics.

They stated "This important research has drawn direct attention to the continued underrepresentation and marginalization of women, people of color. … To cite narrowly, to only cite white men … or to only cite established scholars, does a disservice not only to researchers and writers who are othered by white heteromasculinism …,"  
The feminist professors claim that citing someone's work has implications on his or her ability to be hired, get promoted and obtain tenured status. The entire article emphasized that research credibility should be based on gender and race rather than accuracy and objectivity.

Both articles promote the idea people should be judged on the basis of their gender rather than knowledge or skills. Both pieces display the level of importance the newspaper places on a person's gender. Through these articles, the Washington Post is projecting its own internal culture of sexism and hate.

August 10, 2017

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