You may have heard by now that Politico media reporter Dylan Byers is under fire for a profile of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson in which anonymous staffers complain that she’s not particularly cuddly, that she doesn’t try to make them all her friends and occasionally acts like a boss generally acts — and which Byers manages to repeat while missing the part where most of the critiques are gender essentializing (i.e., sexist).
Well, Jill Abramson is hardly the only bitchy female executive editor to stand astride a masthead and grind her heels into the faces of the poor men forced to write for her to pay the bills. In fact, Raw Story has no less than three meanie feminists at the top of our little food chain, and each of them is more bossy than the last. Plus, we hear there’s big pageviews in serving up some obvious gossip about what a terrible person to work for a woman boss is! So we interviewed all our Raw Story staffers anonymously and came up with anecdotes that highlight that working for women is, as many people so often claim, really the worst.
1. “Megan constantly treats staff like they work for and report to her, asking them to improve their performance, critiquing various aspects of their writing without complimenting them first and she’s totally demanding about deadlines to the point that she’s insisted something be turned in for editing before I was really done finding the right words even though it was 30 minutes past due.”
2. “Megan totally harps on the pictures on every story, often insisting that reporters find new ones that we haven’t used before so that the front page or internal sections doesn’t look repetitive.”
3. “Every time I’ve been late, and I’ve only been late a couple times, Megan takes me aside and tells me that it’s unacceptable to be late and that I’m letting down the rest of the staff who had to work harder in my absence.”
4. “Megan totally acts like she’s the boss of me. I mean, sometimes she tells me what to write about and everything.”
5. “Once, when I screwed something up and felt terrible about it, Megan told me her job wasn’t to care about my feelings, it was to make sure things worked the way they were supposed to. What woman says something like that?”
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