Linda G. Hill

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A Rant

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I am officially ashamed of my job. The organization that prints and distributes the local newspaper that I deliver–that people pay good money for–needs to take a good, close look at itself and its practices. It’s no wonder subscriptions are on the decline. I’ve gone from having twenty-three customers to thirteen in the three years I’ve been doing the job.

Today, however, takes the proverbial cake.

The article in question (no, I won’t cite it for the following reasons:Β  a) I don’t want to advertise publicly where I live; b) the article is conspicuously absent from their website anyway; and c) I still work for them. For now.) is about a recent awareness-raising campaign entitled “Slut Walk.”

The annual Slut Walk, if you haven’t heard about it, is a tool to teach people (men mostly) that dressing like a slut isn’t an invitation for sexual assault. This, in and of itself, is a reasonable lesson to learn. You can read more about it here: http://www.slutwalktoronto.com/about/how if you’re interested.

But it’s not the Walk itself that I have a problem with – it’s the article.

Apart from numerous grammatical errors, (“you’re” instead of “your”? Come on!) which point blatantly at the fact that if an editor even read through the article he needs to be fired clean out of the editorial cannon, there are the questionable quotes from the event’s organizer, in which she states that the word ‘slut’ need not be a bad word, and that, “It just describes someone that is sexually promiscuous, someone who is maybe for work or for personal reasons and that is not a bad thing.”

Then she goes on to say people are complaining that the Walk isn’t child-friendly, but that, “…there is not a whole lot of scantily clad people…” this directly below a picture of a woman with the middle of her t-shirt cut out, revealing her bare breasts (and no, it’s not edited) and then, “…I think there is only one sign with profanity…there is nothing here that you wouldn’t see on TV or hear on the radio.”

Where is anything child-friendly about this scenario? On one hand you have a legitimate message – clothes don’t invite rape – and then on the other hand you have a newspaper quoting an organizer saying it’s okay for girls to be sexually promiscuous for work or personal reasons or whatever. Not only that, she’s blind!

And so is the editor of my damned paper!!!

Aside from finding a way to get a note to the author of the article to ask him if he grammars much, I’ve a good mind to write a letter to the editor.

I just don’t know where to start.

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

47 thoughts on “A Rant

  1. While newspapers are on the decline, there seem to be a lot of local magazines popping up in my town. I wonder if there are other options for you to write locally. I also wonder what people are thinking and saying when they watch the “slut walk.” I consider myself a moderate feminist and just the words, “slut walk” creep me out. I believe a better job is in your near future.

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  2. You’re right Linda! Good point!

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  3. Excellent rant Linda. I agree 100% and think it is pointless to write, especially if it would jeopardize your job. Pick your battles and rant about the rest. Ha! Well done.

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  4. Kudos to you Linda! Now go take the job. πŸ™‚

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  5. Whoa…I understand how annoying it must be to work there. My last job was the same in the sense that my second boss was clueless in so many ways (especially his job for which he was paid thrice than what we were) that it was frustrating.
    A slut walk again sexual harassment – The struggle must be real. -.-
    I really hope you find a way out of this job to find a (much) better one! πŸ™‚
    Take care! ❀

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  6. Start by applying for the editors job! xxxx

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  7. Reblogged this on The Musings of My Mind and commented:
    I think that you could simply take out the information regarding your working for the paper and the rest is a perfect example of a letter to the editor. I live in San Antonio and I am constantly utilizing my editing skills and reviewing content in the only local newspaper. It is a shame that newspapers are no longer monitoring themselves.

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  8. Wow. That’s a tough one. I’m still stuck on the editing. I agree though…what a mess.

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  9. How about one of us writes the article, I’m pissed off and I don’t even know what newspaper or where you’re talking about!!!

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  10. I just find it so incredibly ridiculously painful beyond reason when publications contain grammatical errors. Like fingernails on a chalkboard painful. And so ridiculous that I feel ridiculous even mentioning that it’s ridiculous.

    Definitely write that letter. I’m sure once you start typing, it will just fall together. Better yet, pretend one of your characters is writing a letter to the editor of your paper.

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  11. A “slut walk” against sexual harassment sounds like starting a war for peace.

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  12. I’m not even sure where to start on this. I feel this walk is antithetical to what they’re trying to promote. Men generally don’t dress slutty. Yet women, in an attempt to gain equality, do. This walk also feels like a live action soft core porn walk. I’m still trying to get past that there’s a slutwalk. I’m also going to find out if Milwaukee has one.

    PS: If a woman dresses slutty, I do take it as rights to look. Like unabashedly look. If she didn’t want me trying to find all her “secret” birthmarks, she shouldn’t have worn see through pants.

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  13. The whole event sounds full of contradictions. That is certainly not something that I would consider child-friendly, nor do I feel that it’s wise or even okay to promote that it’s acceptable for people to be sexually promiscuous at work, school, or any place for that matter.

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    • Even worse, she said “for work.” At least that’s what the paper printed. The whole thing makes me slightly nauseous. If you read the mission of the Slut Walk on its website, it sounds somewhat less contradictory. I don’t thing the organizer here “gets it.”

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  14. LOL, your rant will get no argument from me. Not only do I hate crappy editing and poor journalism, the whole movement towards Slutwalks are what finally made me start speaking out against the entire notion of 4th wave feminism.

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  15. I think John’s advice is sound. Be careful if you believe that a letter would endanger your job.

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    • There probably isn’t much of a precedent already set for newspaper carriers getting fired over letters complaining about lack of editing procedure. πŸ˜‰ I do think I’ll have to decide however, whether I write the letter or, at any time in the future, submit a query for an article.

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  16. We quit getting our newspaper because of many of the same issues. Most newspapers are on the decline because it is easier for folks to read the news on the web now. For us the stories were the same as what was on the television the night before. I do feel bad about your job delivering the papers. I am with you. I could do without the slut walk!

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    • I think that’s most people’s reason behind not getting the paper here too. But they apparently won’t be reading this particular article online. Too embarrassed to post it more than likely.
      Thanks for the support, Colleen. πŸ™‚

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  17. Dear Editor, (okay I’m an ass) I think as an employee a letter to the editor could start with all the tings that make you feel good about the paper and then end with “I have of late felt embarrassed with some content.” Then spell it out.

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  18. You ever wonder if the decline of newspapers has caused them to stop caring?

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