Late-night comedy in US still dominated by men
Although the economic downturn in the US has cost men more jobs than women, Time Magazine argues that there is one field the "mancession" has not touched – late night comedy.
Last month the women's culture website Jezebel accused Jon Stewart's The Daily Show of having hardly any female writers or on-air talent and although not the only male-dominated comedy show, there is an assumption that, as a progressive comedy show, it should do better.
But does it really matter? Yes, says Time, because "late-night comics are the unelected legislators of America: they mock the mighty and audition Presidents. Theirs is a kind of passive-aggressive nerd power, but it's power all the same. Which is one reason it was so creepy when David Letterman, who has scant few women on his creative team, admitted affairs with female staffers".