Did I draw a couple “Bash Jill For Dishonest Posting” cards from the deck this morning? I don’t know why, but the hits keep coming at Feministe. Jill, pay attention – we can fact check you, and we will – particularly as the number of dishonestly reported stories mounts.
The controversy: a law gossip blog is having a competition for the “sexiest female law school dean” and it’s an outrage! And of course – do tell me that you’re surprised, gentle reader – it turns out that the feminist blog she’s linking for the story, once again, leaves out the part that makes 99% of the readership say “oh, so there’s no issue here”: it’s a contest for BOTH sexes and there are nomination pages for both men and women. Jill’s story mentions only the female side – in fact, comes out and calls it a contest for women. Ann Barstow’s blog (the source), only reports the half of the story that supports the feminist narrative, but makes no claim and leaves no impression of reporting the whole truth.
I suppose it’s possible that Jill read the story, assumed it was true in good faith, and is reporting in honest ignorance. Alternatively, she knows the contest is for both sexes and doesn’t care, because it makes a pithy point. Most depressingly, she could know the contest is for both sexes but decided not to mention the, you know, facts of the case because they conflict with the narrative.
Again, none of the (to me) plausible narratives speak well for her or her blog. Bloggers aren’t saints and we certainly shouldn’t be expected to act like it – but is basic intellectual honesty too much to strive for? There’s enough misogyny and sexism that actually exists in the world without having to leave out facts or spin stories to find the inner truthiness. Jill is a sufficiently gifted individual that she could make a positive difference by articulating the real truths. Your side has enough recyclers of warmed-over agitprop, Jill – be a truth teller instead.