A Gizmodo writer asked if news website The Federalist has any female writers Friday, in response to an anti-birth control piece written by a woman.
Matt Novak, author of Gizmodo’s Paleofuture blog, which used to be owned by the now-defunct Gawker Media, made the remark in response to an article on The Federalist. Writers for The Federalist informed him that not only was the article written by a woman, but that the majority of the site’s writers are female.
“Does the Federalist have a single woman writer?” asked Novak on Twitter. “Have any of the men there ever had a conversation with a woman?”
“Just the majority of us dude, including the author,” replied Inez Stepman, a writer for the site. “New rule: men who wear dresses are women, but the women who write at
@FDRLST are not?”
“I’m the editor in chief of the Federalist,” Novak responded to Stepman, presumably attempting sarcasm.
Mollie Hemingway, senior editor of The Federalist, corroborated Stepman’s assertion.
The article, “Stop Denying Science. Birth Control Isn’t Necessary For Women’s Health,” was authored by Dr. Marguerite Duane, a certified family physician and a Georgetown University professor. Citing personal experiences, Duane argued the ineffectiveness of birth control in addressing reproductive problems and encouraged women to chart fertility cycles and discuss them with physicians and suggested health care dollars be used for medications that prevent life-threatening ailments.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Novak for comment, but received none in time for press.
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