Apr 05 2006
GUEST: Caryl Rivers, Professor of Journalism at Boston University
Yesterday we aired a keynote address by Maria Hinojosa at last weekend’s “Women, Action, and the Media” conference. Today we present another keynote speech, by Caryl Rivers, on Selling Anxiety: how the media plays up myths about gender. These myths include the so-called “Opt-out revolution” among educated and working American women who are supposedly leaving their jobs in droves to be stay-at-home moms. Caryl Rivers is the author of many books, including “Slick Spins and Fractured Facts: How Cultural Myths Distort the News;” “Indecent Behavior;” “She Works, He Works: How Two Income Families are Happy, Healthy and Thriving;” and her latest book, “Same Difference; How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children and Our Jobs.” Her television drama A Matter of Principal won a Gabriel Award as one of the best television dramas of the year. Professor Rivers contributes regularly to The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, and other major U.S. newspapers. Rivers is a Professor of Journalism at Boston University.
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