Letter: Blatant sexism
I am annoyed by the sexism immediately displayed in your front-page political coverage of Sunday, Aug. 17.
To wit: “State Senate candidate Kass Ardinger stood . . . in her tan skirt and neon blue-and-green walking sneakers.”
“As Joanne Keough stood . . . State Senate candidate Dan Feltes launched into his pitch for her vote.”
I hold no brief for or against either candidate, but why is it necessary to begin coverage of the woman by describing her attire while not even disclosing if the man had attire?
Are clothes optional for men? Does sneaker color give us a clue to her stand on Medicaid expansion or the death penalty?
Surprisingly, the gaffe is committed by a woman, Megan Doyle – and, yes, I plead guilty to the assumption that Megan is a woman’s name.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is time to wake up and shake off the sexist cliche journalism of yesteryear and start judging people on equal terms – by what they say and do, not by what they wear.
JOHN R. WHITE