MLive reporter dismissive of women’s voices
The reactions from the comment section were mixed and people were expressing frustration on the process because the group of “experts” MLive put together was all clergy and all men. It is the later point I wish to address.
In the follow up MLive piece on their ethics forum, posted yesterday, the reporter acknowledges that one of the main critiques received so far was that the, “panel includes six male clergy.”
The ethics panel, according to MLive, was created by Rabbi Krishef, who is with Congregation Ahavas Israel in Grand Rapids. Krishef says he hopes to add a Catholic clergy person and a woman at some point, but no timeline was given for those additions.
The Mlive piece also states that a woman would be added, “to address the current gender disparity.” Really, having a 7 to 1 ratio, with seven men and one woman would address the gender disparity. I assume that the Rabbi and the MLive reporter’s math are not that bad, which means they don’t think too highly of women nor the importance of gender equity.
The MLive reporter adds insult to injury by then stating, “So, for the moment, if you want a Catholic perspective, share one. A women’s intuition? Let us hear it.” So, not only does MLive not care about gender equity, the male reporter makes light of the issue and dismisses women by calling what they have to contribute as intuition. The level of insensitivity to women and lack of respect is not just the fault of the reporter here, but of the MLive editorial staff, which seems to be demonstrating a form of institutional sexism and unrecognized male privilege by even allowing the ethics panel to move forward with no women included as experts.
The e-mail for the MLive reporter is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you were wondering what critical, ethical question was first posed to the panel of men, here it is:
I have been invited to a coworker’s home for dinner, but I really don’t like spending time with him. However, I need to work with him every day, so I don’t want to insult him by turning down the invitation. Is it OK to lie and tell him that I am busy that night?