Deadlines and Domination

The Intersection of Race and Gender at America's Newspapers


The theory that race and gender intersect as part of a matrix of domination is a promising alternative explanation for the behavior of American newspapers -- and society in general. Even though few U.S. newspapers employ women and people of color in proportion to their numbers in society, it appears that American newspapers have paradoxically reached their goal of reflecting the position of women and minorities in society. Women and people of color are given no more parity in newsrooms and news columns than anywhere else.

Now, intersection theory and the matrix of domination need to be empirically tested, at newspapers and other cornerstones of hegemony, such as universities and private corporations. Only then can this theory help society synchronize semaphores at the intersection of race and gender, and point the way toward uncoupling newspaper deadlines and domination.

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