- 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.
- Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying
- Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control
Submitted by David Culver
President Obama’s regulation mandating that health insurance plans offer free birth control is an issue that most directly affects women. And yet, the cable news chatter over this controversy has been driven mostly by men, according to a new ThinkProgress analysis.
From Monday through Thursday evening, the leading cable news channels – Fox, Fox Business, MSNBC, and CNN – invited almost twice as many men as women onto their shows to discuss contraceptive coverage.
Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying, Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress
Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees…. Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused [and] dismissed the Democrats’ woman witness as a ‘college student’ who does not ‘have the appropriate credentials’ to testify before his committee.
Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control — And Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now, Sara Robinso , AlterNet
Conservative bishops and Congressmen are fighting a rear-guard action against one of the most revolutionary changes in human history.