Ever since Laimdota Straujuma became the first woman to be appointed prime minister in Latvia the media have been discussing her age and gender rather than more important aspects, the weeky Ir writes in annoyance:

Is it really so difficult to analyse her activities in recent years, her political convictions and her views on Latvia’s development in the coming years instead of discussing her age, gender and hobbies?

… Today’s media are focused solely on their economic success and have no interest in engaging in more thorough research. And on the social networks journalists use terms and concentrate on topics that are typical of anonymous Internet commentaries. Wouldn’t it be a good thing for society if we talked about women, the age of retirement and farmers without disdain?


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