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Daily Show writer Jo Miller talks to Darbi Worley and TDS co-creator Lizz Winnstead talk about being a "comedy writer and known possessor of a vagina."

This came out shortly after the infamous Jezebel article, and I'm surprised it didn't make the rounds at the time. It goes into more detail about the inner workings of TDS, in general and as they relate to gender and sexism, than pretty much anything else I've seen since. And it's certainly the longest discussion from people whose opinions are based on their own experiences.

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Date: 2011-12-15 04:08 pm (UTC)
bell: (red flowers)
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Huh, interesting. It is good to have an insider's perspective.

On the other hand, I don't feel that what they said addresses all of the issues. If the numbers for female writers & correspondents are really lower (and they didn't deny that they're skewered towards men for those particular positions), what's the reason for that beyond "there aren't that many people capable enough"? For the writers, if the submissions are blind, it seems to be more a pre-application period (sexist society leads to fewer development possibilities for women; or maybe the women are writing a different kind of humor or subjects). For the correspondents, though, they do probably learn the applicant's sex before hiring them, so that could still be a (subconscious) factor in hiring decisions.

The people on the podcast also argued that the people featured in the Jezebel article who had worked for (and since left) TDS were simply being "sour grapes" in their complaints. They implied that those people's experiences were anomalies/exaggerated/false. That doesn't seem fair, though.

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