The New York Review of Books Publishes Mostly Men, Responds to Criticism With Condescending Form Letter

A graphic VIDA made in response to the NYRB's letter.
The New York Review of Books publishes mostly men, and in that, they're not alone, joined by pretty much every major print magazine in this country. But the NYRB's editor, Robert Silvers, responded to a criticism of their mostly-maleness this week with an amazing, somewhat baffling form letter. The letter, which was sent to multiple people who complained about a specific issue of the magazine, lists every woman the NYRB has printed in the last year. That didn't take long, considering there were 40 of them total, compared to 215 or so male reviewers. Happy now, ladies?

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Who Writes for the Times's Front Page? Mostly Dudes, As It Turns Out

On any given day, when you visit the New York Times's homepage, you'll likely click on an article, any article, that has two specific qualities: It will mostly quote men, and it will have been written by a man. You might have sensed those facts long ago using a combination of your eyeballs and general situational awareness about the disastrous gender gap in journalism, but now there's a handy Tumblr to break the problem down day by day. For the last few weeks, Who Writes for the New York Times? has tracked that gender gap in real time, using an algorithm to show just how many dicks are on the main-page dancefloor at the paper of record.

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Manal al-Sharif, Latest Saudi Woman Arrested for Driving, Sparks Protest Fury

Last week, a Saudi Arabian woman named Najla al-Hariri drove for four straight days "to defend her belief that Saudi women should be allowed to drive," but was eventually arrested anyway. "I don't fear being arrested because I am setting an example that my daughter and her friends are proud of,'' she said. This week, Manal al-Sharif did the same, filming her efforts (above) and plotting a June 17 "drive-in" protest. On Sunday, al-Sharif was arrested, too, thus mobilizing the protest movement even more.

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Bloomberg View Gathers All-Star Roster of White Males

Bloomberg View, the forthcoming editorial page at Bloomberg News -- under the umbrella of the media and data company Bloomberg L.P., founded and owned by Michael Bloomberg, New York City's three-term billionaire mayor -- has finally released its list of high-powered editorial board members and columnists. It's so impressive! Some of them have worked for U.S. presidents, some for Ivy League schools and the rest have written important books. The View, which includes marquee names like Peter Orszag, Jonathan Alter, Ezra Klein and Jeffrey Goldberg, will put out two unsigned editorials every day. Predictably, though, most of the people signed on are white men, leaving us a little bit disappointed considering the opportunity at hand: building a team of anyone, from anywhere, for a highly influential company that made $7 billion last year. Find out exactly who's involved in a Friday edition of our media column, Press Clips, plus more on Michael Arrington and the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.More »

Pulitzer Prize Winners Win Pulitzer Prizes, Money; Roger Ailes Spies on Employees

Did you win a Pulitzer Prize today? Us either. If you're from the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald or The Tennessean, you also did not win, even though you were in fact nominated in the category of Breaking News Reporting. That $10,000 prize -- "For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, with special emphasis on the speed and accuracy of the initial coverage, using any available journalistic tool, including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats, in print or online or both..." -- went to no one. That might just be the most exciting part of today's Pulitzer Prize announcements, unless you are related to a winner or work for a winner or are a winner (in which case, get back to work). Or if you really like Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad, which we did. Additional information, plus some more thrilling local media news, in our afternoon Press Clips column.

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Middle-Aged Women Are Kind of 'Meh' About Their Careers

According to a new McKinsey report covered in the Wall Street Journal, women get way less ambitious around middle age. "About 64% of women ages 45 to 54 years old expressed a desire to advance professionally, compared with 78% of the men in the same age range. The comparable figures were 92% and 98%, respectively, for women and men aged 23 to 34."

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Fox Deletes 'Muslims Ban Padded Bra' Story, But Al-Qaeda Magazine Really Exists

When Pakistan's version of satirical news source The Onion, known as Roznama Jawani, posted a joke story entitled "'Padded Bras Are Devil's Cushions' says Council of Islamic Ideology," Fox's (openly) conservative website Fox Nation was too quick to provide a rewrite, which began in earnest, "The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan has protested the use of padded and colorful bras by Muslim women, and recommended that Pakistani Muslim researchers should try to invent an innerwear that makes female assets unnoticeable." The truth-seekers at Salon noticed the big oops, which has since been removed. Maybe that's why Fox Nation is being extra careful with news of a new Al-Qaeda magazine for women. That one, though, appears legit.

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The Upper Breast Side Mom Club Fighting One-Time All-Male Manhattan Lodge

The battle between breast-feeding "emporium" The Upper Breast Side and the once man-only "lodge"-cum-apartment building the Pythian is too perfect. The store, which sells pumps and outfits for new mothers and houses a unified safe space, charged its building owners with discrimination after they complained about an open door. The big brass gateway into the land of motherhood, owner Felina Rakoswki-Gallagher told the New York State Division of Human Rights, "was too heavy for pregnant women and stroller-pushing mothers to open safely." And now it's war!

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Women Building Bridge Over Media Gender Gap; NY Times Quotes Anonymous Commenter

At the beginning of 2011, the writer and reader Anne Hays published a much-discussed open letter to The New Yorker, decrying the lack of female voices in recent issues and demanding a refund should the gender imbalance not at least move toward righting itself. In the weeks since, the women's literary group Vida published a report detailing "the truth of publishing disparities" across the media landscape at magazines and journals like The Atlantic, Harper's and the New York Review of Books. (In short: women are criminally unrepresented.) But the growing chorus of voices, especially online, hit a rather pleasant high note today when it comes to intelligent discussion on the matter, as writer and editor Megan Carpentier writes fairly on "the media glass ceiling," while another editor launches a new blog called Lady Journos, which "highlights the work of journalists who happen to be women." More positivity -- plus, how Britney Spears and homosexuals combined to confuse journalists (and much more!) -- inside Press Clips, our daily media round-up.

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Sexy Lady Reporters Get No Trust From Men, Which Could Be What Fox News Banks On

The more sexy a man finds a reporter or newscaster, the less likely he is to call her qualified for serious reporting, according to a study from the Indiana University's Communication Research, as relayed by Salon. The set-up had a 24-year-old woman perform a report on war or politics twice, once without formfitting clothes and again in an outfit meant to show off her waist-to-hip ratio. As her waist-to-hip ratio went up, her credibility went down, but only among men. Which reminds us, unfortunately, of Fox News' Roger Ailes, in light of the confessions of a former Fox News employee, who claims that the network just flat out makes stuff up.

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