January 16 2013

This story on Slate
used this picture to represent older mothers.

It ran with the caption: “We all know smart women in their late 30s or early 40s who are surprised at the sudden necessity to decide whether to have children”.

You would therefore assume that the picture is supposed to be of a woman in her late 30s, early 40s… but the woman pictured is clearly much older. Sociological Images found that the stock image, bought from Thinkstock, was labelled “middle-aged woman holding her newborn grandson”.

The opinion piece, which blames feminism (for telling women they can “have it all”) for these fertility issues is obviously designed to get a reaction (implying women in their late 30s and early 40s are too old to be parents will do that!) but to accompany the piece with such a deliberately dishonest image is misleading and sensationalist.

But really that’s just the tip of the berg when it comes to how women are seen in media.

Check out this extended trailer for a documentary called Miss Representation, about demeaning images of women in modern media.

Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom co-produced The Invisible War — a documentary about rape in the military. The film is up for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars.

Encore, Spare Room,

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