By TARA MOSS
Below, I present two fairly random examples of The Age newspaper online, snapped as screenshots.
The first was taken by me on July 17 and the second on July 25.
At a glance, I count over 43 men, one baby boy, two illustrated boys (both ads for the film ParaNorman) and one woman, partially visible behind a male. Oh, and a cockatoo of unknown gender:
I have no interest in targeting The Age, which I enjoy reading (hence the reason I found these front pages in the first place), and it is significant that these two examples were found on the only days I have visited their site recently, because I have been on holiday.
It is entirely possible that on the other days there were 43 women visible on their front page, and only one partially visible man, standing behind a woman. My snapshots by no means constitute a rigorous analysis of gender in Australian media.
However, Chrys Stevenson’s recent gender breakdown of Australian newspapers does. She found the following: