Watch out, men! More women opt to live alone – Nightly News with Brian Williams – MSNBC.com

 

  This is another example of a factual, but entirely misleading graphic ripped from the front page of MSNBC tonight.

It’s factual, because more women are unmarried.  It may be factual that those women are happy – the article doesn’t address that (with supporting data) at all.

But it’s also true that more men are unmarried now.  And I know some of them are happy.  I am one of them.

 

I don’t mean to keep picking on MSNBC.COM, but they are my primary mainstream new source.  With my patronage, they get more scrutiny.

But basically I don’t like this graphic for several specific reasons:

  • If it said men instead of women, some very vocal women would call it sexist.
  • It tries to portray a partial truth – that women are happier without men – and there is nothing in the article that supports that.
  • It doesn’t mention anything about how the statistic may be changing just as much for men.

But basically, it’s been a nasty, cold, and expensive day, and I’m feeling a little bitchy – I couldn’t get out in the ice storm and get my Midol. 

 

Single women today have full, happy lives,” she says. “We don’t have to be married. We don’t have to be partnered.

Source: Watch out, men! More women opt to live alone – Nightly News with Brian Williams – MSNBC.com

Comments

  1. MSNBC is my primary main stream news source. It’s not my only news source. But it is pretty much the only main stream sight that I read. So I pick on them. I much prefer to get my news from independent sites (like blogs).

  2. You wrote “I don’t mean to keep picking on MSNBC.COM, but they are my primary mainstream new source.”

    Why are they your primary news source? More than the topic at hand, I guess I don’t accept stories from just one source anymore since there are so very many ways to get news today.

    But going back to the topic, as I listened to those women proclaim that “Single women today have full, happy lives. We don’t have to be married. We don’t have to be partnered” in my heart I was saying, “well, YEAH. Sooo, who are you trying to convince by going on TV and loudly shouting this truth?”

    Where is Helen Reddy when we need her to tell us “I am woman, hear me roar” Puh-leeeze