March 09, 2008


Fun newspaper story of the week:

Seven anonymous women who apparently work in the same building as the Washington Post’s web site have protested the presence of a large white hand visibly sitting at .com headquarters. They believe that the hand, a prop in a advertising campagin, represents the worst of this country’s male-dominated work culture.

Here’s a line from a bulletin that the protesters placed in an elevator in’s building:

“To see this big white male hand as we walk into work each morning is a sharp reminder of our past difficulties and, obviously, how far we have yet to go to overcome bias and workplace oppression.”

Well, soon enough, the disaffected won’t be seeing the hand anymore. According to a source at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI), which runs, the hand is scheduled to leave the premises today. Far from a nod to the charges of sexism and oppression, the move aligns with a set schedule that had the hand sticking around from Monday through Friday of this week.

“This was supposed to be a fun morale thing for WPNI,” says the source.

Other than the fecal odor rising from Tampa's aging riverfront sewer system, (the cloud greets us on the way into the building and bids us adieu on the way out to the parking garage), I'm glad we don't have anything so assaultive at our building at The News Center.

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Wait a tick...

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Peacocks are male. Network symbol be damned, clearly that's yet another sign of sexism and oppression in the media workplace.

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That radar tower ain't helping things, either.

Posted by Jeff at March 9, 2008 05:45 PM | TrackBack
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