Journalist Allison Yarrow on misogyny in the news media of the 90s, from Monica Lewinsky to Nancy Kerrigan.

The ’90s Were Good for the Economy but Awful for (and Toward) Women

The ’90s Were Good for the Economy but Awful for (and Toward) Women

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 25 2018 9:38 PM

Lights, Camera, Sexism

The 24-hour news cycle born in the 1990s was especially unkind to women.

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Monica Lewinsky leaves a courthouse in Ellicott City, Maryland on Dec. 16, 1999 after testifying in the Linda Tripp wiretapping trial.

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Born in the 1990s, the 24-hour news cycle was especially unkind to women. The media of the age consistently bashed women’s sexuality, ambition, and presentation of women such as Monica Lewinsky and Nancy Kerrigan (case in point: a Washington Post article that asked, “Is Nancy a bitch?”). Journalist Allison Yarrow explores this double-standard and its repercussions in her new book, 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality.

In the Spiel, that was an interesting interview, right? To go with it, Mike pulls statistics on the plight of American women in the ’90s compared with the ’80s.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.