White men dominate the cover of Roe v. Wade on Fox News
Fox’s Sean Hannity who, you will notice, was prosecuted for sexual harassment and gender discrimination, held several panels this week on the impending end of abortion rights that looked like the photo above.
Is this shocking to anyone? No. Should we still point out and ponder that the nation’s most-watched cable network excludes women, people of color, and pregnant people from their discussions on Roe vs. Wade? Yes.
Media questions published a report on Saturday confirming that 87% of guests discussing abortion on Fox News this week were white and 64% were male. By contrast, white cis men account for zero percent of abortions performed in this country, and whites in general account for less than half.
The Media Matters report also looked at the other two major cable networks, CNN and MSNBC:
CNN and MSNBC fared slightly better when it came to voice diversity. Both networks featured more appearances by women than men in Roe’s segments, with CNN featuring women in 63% and MSNBC featuring them in 69% of those segments. Across the three cable news networks, just 21% of guest appearances were by women of color — 24% of appearances on CNN, 30% on MSNBC, and just 7% on Fox News.
Of course, the issue of representation in these discussions is far from a new issue, and it’s not just on cable news: In 2012, Democrats walked out of a House Oversight Committee hearing on birth control coverage because the entire panel of stakeholders were men.
“What I want to know is where are the women? Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) asked Republicans in charge before leaving the hearing in protest. “I watch this panel and I don’t see a single person representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventative health care services, including family planning Where are the women?
I think it’s a good rule of thumb, if you’re going to debate people’s ability to control their own bodies and decide when and if to give birth, you need to include at least some of those people in the discussion, especially people who are inclined to defend their own rights and not just support the patriarchy with indoctrinated bullshit. Voters don’t really like it when you take away a vital right we’ve had for 50 years and try to put your hand over our mouth while you do it.