Part of the problem, part of the solution:

On female bylines. Vogue does a profile on the Syrian first lady, and I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but the excerpts are hilarious (from Max Fisher at the Atlantic:

“Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic–the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She’s a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement,” opens the story, “Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert,” which also appears in the March issue of Vogue magazine.


After securing what would be many journalists’ dream — time alone with Bashar al-Assad — Vogue‘s Joan Juliet Buck wrote only that he is, “A precise man who takes photographs and talks lovingly about his first computer, he says he was attracted to studying eye surgery ‘because it’s very precise, it’s almost never an emergency, and there is very little blood.'”

But this might be my favourite:

it notes, for example, Bashar’s “startling” electoral victories but not that he was the only candidate. It lists one detail after another portraying Bashar and Asma al-Assad as fun, glamorous, American-style celebrities: trips to the Louvre, a story about the couple joking with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Asma’s effort to give Syria a “brand essence,” the fact that all three Assad children “go to a Montessori school,” and countless references to Christianity.

I love it. Oh yeah, I’m sure Bashar al-Assad is a real dreamboat.

Thanks for really making the most of that opportunity, Joan Juliet Buck. I mean, I get it, Vogue has to be Vogue, but honestly? The Assads? I’m sure they’re glamourous – so is the Gaddafi family – just ask Beyonce and Jay-Z . But I guess we can’t really expect Vogue to be part of the solution, can we?

But this is:  a new Tumblr that draws attention to lady journalists’ work around the web. Good stuff!


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