Tarry for the Nonce

September 13, 2006

Call Letters WMAN

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 12:53 am

I’m not sure what to think about the all-women talk radio network.

Greenstone Media, a radio company whose founders include social activist Gloria Steinem and actress Jane Fonda, has launched an all-women, all-talk network across the United States.

Steinem said the network, which is run by women, aims to provide an alternative to current radio talk, which she describes as “very argumentative, quite hostile, and very much male-dominated.”

This network “has a different spirit. It has more community. It’s more about information, about humor, about respect for different points of view and not constant arguing,” Steinem told Reuters in an interview.

With Steinem and Fonda at the helm, I’m not expecting truly balanced and thought-provoking discussion. In fact, I would presume that this will become some sort of floofy Lifetime-like venture, or a self-congratulatory diatribe about how much better an all-girl station is now that those pesky men are out of the picture.

Of course, if they take the time to engage people like Eileen Byrne or Michelle Malkin, or even Camille Paglia, I could be proved entirely wrong. Heck, maybe they could add a dash of Ann Coulter – just to spice things up.

But as it stands, I don’t think that Gloria Steinem has entirely thought this through. Were I attempting to promote female aptitude and dignity, Barbarella would hardly be the first person I would consult. Or the last. Or anywhere in between.

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2 Comments

  1. It’s more about information, about humor, about respect for different points of view and not constant arguing

    Kinda like The View?

    Comment by Janice — September 13, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

  2. Geez. Can we say “too much time on their hands”?

    Comment by Alistair A. — September 14, 2006 @ 11:31 am


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