New feature: The questions journalists ask
Jess McCabe // 5 May 2011
Feminism took up many more inches of print in women’s magazines last year. But, asks Hannah Mudge, did the media coverage accurately represent the movement?
In the summer of 2010, I attended a feminist conference in London. It was a positive and informative experience, but one that was marred slightly by an encounter I had with a journalist and the questions she asked me.
The encounter made me take a step back and think about the portrayal of feminism by women’s magazines in recent months.
A woman in attendance had identified herself as a journalist and told us that she’d love to talk to any delegates who were interested in contributing ideas to a feature she was writing for a women’s magazine. As a feminist blogger who used to be a journalist, the representation of women and feminism in the media is something that fascinates me, so I decided to go over and chat.
She asked me a series of questions about what it means to be a feminist today – and I came away slightly irritated by the direction the conversation had taken.
In the past year, we’ve seen many of the biggest mainstream women’s magazines cover feminism in a way that previously would have been unthinkable. In part this is probably down to the fact that 2010 also saw the publication of a number of books on feminism, which have been the starting point for many a debate though newspaper columns and blog posts.
Picture of “This is what a feminist looks like” graffiti (slogan on a drawn t-shirt with a pink background) taken by Flickr user mbf2012 and shared under a Creative Commons license