I was watching a truly lovely clip on CNN entitled "Lives, not numbers" about those who are missing on the Malaysian Airlines flight. It's an important story because the mystery has overtaken the humanity of the loss and we have found out little about the missing. BUT I was thinking it shows the difference in how we describe women and how we describe men. The first two people mentioned are described as such "Wife and mother, Chandrika Sharma, the executive secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, was en route to Mongolia for a U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization conference" and "Hollywood Stuntman Ju Kun was heading home to see his two young children".
The difference is startling, a man is described by his profession, his accomplishment then his family life. Where as a woman, not just a woman but a very successful professional woman was reduced to her connection to a man, then to her children before her name was even said, I know it's done to remind you of her humanity and connect you with her but in subtly reminds us all of a woman's place.
I am getting so sick of articles and news reports referring to women in the way that seems to remove their individuality and importance the most. When L'Wren Scott died the Gawker article was entitled "L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger's girlfriend found dead" and then this final lovely example of journalism, for the London Evening Standard about the murder of a woman in London.
How about we try "Strolling down street, suspect wanted over murder of London woman"? How about we don't respect his humanity by calling him a man whilst removing hers by calling her a prostitute.
It's getting to the point where I can't even.