The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features a cover story about Tropes vs Women in Video Games, gendered online harassment, and sexism in the games industry. It’s available to read online and will be on newsstands Friday November 28th.
Last week while shooting another assignment in town for Businessweek, I get a text from one of the editors saying “Mike! Call me back, I want to put you in a helicopter."
The next day I got on a plane and spent three days in the suburban wasteland know as Phoenix, Arizona for a story about the housing boom currently going on there. It was on of the most challenging stories of my life from a visual standpoint but in the end, after spending hours driving around in circles in a never ending sea of shopping centers and mile long blocks (seriously), I am really happy and proud of what I was able to do.
We’re at ‘peak photographer’ at the moment. There is an entire idiot class of professional photographer who seem to believe they’re creating something essential every time they pick up a camera. It’s not the photographer’s fault. I blame the creative directors who commission them. There are way too many photographs in the world. Think of how many pictures have been taken all over the world in the time you’ve read this article – even this sentence. This is another sentence I’ve just typed, so that’s like a ton more. All these images multiplying and multiplying. All those shitty pictures of cats and beautiful sunsets that sit dying in the corner of your smart phone, shared with the hope of being liked by people who all have the same thousand pictures hiding on their phone. All these forgettable memories. I don’t see that’s much different from the endless stream of boring fashion pictures, boring travel pictures, boring still lifes of food that are commissioned by magazines, ad agencies, marketing firms. For every Juergen Teller there are a million Terry Richardsons. So let’s just stop. Or just use what’s there already. Or at least think about it. Sorry I’ve lost my thread. What was the question again?
Why did Businessweek think it was a good idea to poll its users about which college campuses have the hottest female students?
Easy: It has done it before and no one noticed.
This year, however, coming just after an election season full of heated debate over the “war on women,” Businessweek’s decision to promote their survey with a headline and a tweet asking “Which business school has the most attractive female students?” went over about as well as you’d expect.
Nothing says “We don’t take women in business seriously” like ranking women based on their looks. This demeans every woman who works at your magazine, every woman you’ve ever covered, and pretty much every woman ever. And it is meant to. Know that this is intentional sexism. Whomever was responsible for publishing this knew exactly what kind of message it sent. That it got sent from BUSINESSWEEK makes it all the more stunning. Fix. This. Fast.
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