On One Hand

November 10, 2005

Here’s a thought…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 1:09 pm
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I want to email a sociology professor and reccomend a study investigating why over half of all blonde professors at CU are in the School of Journalism. It seems like all J-school women have some variation of (this is a very unscientific term) sorority-girl personalities.

Also, I’d like to investigate why the J-school is 80% white girls, and why the vast majority of those girls either have Gucci purses or want to have them in a university where anything from sweats to potato sacks is perfectly socially acceptable.

I mean that jokingly, but on a more serious level, one assumes that the reason why news anchors tend to be relatively attractive women is that they’re the ones the networks think viewers will be drawn to. (Of the top ten TV news personalities in 2002 according to Lycos, 5 are blonde women, 2 are brunettes, the remaining are wrinkly or overweight men, for whom I guess looks aren’t as important.) But the J-school doesn’t hire people or accept students based on style or looks, so somehow these people are self-selecting at a very early stage. It’s like this: if you’re smart hot and blonde, you want to go into journalism. If you’re smart and ugly, you want to go in to philosophy or political science.

The first words my JOUR 2011 professor said to our class during the Spring 2005 semester:

“Hi everyone, I’m Dr. Lynn Clark. I’m 40. I know I don’t look 40, but I’m 40.”

If you need an idea of the type of look and personality I’m talking about, think of Katie Couric, Paula Zahn, Diane Sawyer, or Laurie Dhue. Actually, think of any female Network anchor.



  1. We were talking about this at work last week… funny that you bring it up.

    Comment by bradfordneal — November 10, 2005 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  2. I see how the hot and blonde works, but not the smart. The smart ones just go to philosophy no matter how they look, right?

    Comment by jaredrudolph — November 11, 2005 @ 2:02 am | Reply

  3. hey, i was a poli sci major, damnit, and most the girls in there are soroity girl-ish too. i think it’s a symptom of stupid rich kids who go to CU

    Comment by pinklaura — November 11, 2005 @ 4:21 am | Reply

  4. I’m a poli sci major and now I feel ugly 😦

    Comment by punkstress — November 11, 2005 @ 5:05 am | Reply

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