The October issue of Vanity Fair is out, and along with the highly original choice to put Angelina Jolie on the cover comes the “New Establishment” list of 2011, which, according to the magazine’s website, represents “the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs.”
And as it turns out, among those 50, only six are female: Lady Gaga, J. K. Rowling, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Angela Ahrendts of Burberry, Natalie Massenet of Net-a-Porter, and Kara Swisher of All Things D.
One reason I find this difficult to accept is that for me, it only takes a quick scan of the list to notice the prevalence of the Marks, Jims, Johns and Stephens of the world — surely the editors at VF could have seen it too.
So, do they think that we live in a post-gendered society, where feminism has done all it needs to do and so gender is nothing but a reproductive organ? Because that’s actually not the case. Women are still pushing for equal representation in the literary world, the film world, and as our sister site The Grindstone pointed out today, the medical world (and many, many other fields too numerous to list here).
I’m not saying that women should be included just for the sake of numbers; rather, I’m suggesting that there’s a pretty obvious bias reflected in this list, and that there are certainly more than six women who are equally as qualified to appear there as say, Mark Wahlberg and Ashton Kutcher.
That is, assuming anyone actually knows what a “buccaneering visionary” is.