Q&A producer Amanda Collinge confronts a “disturbing” women problem: many females decline to join the show’s panel.
So what’s going on? Some women tell me the show is too combative, too adversarial. Many admit they’re hopelessly polite. Brilliant listeners , not interrupters. But these are sharp witty women who love to talk and have me in stitches on the phone. The problem is, as Ray Martin so neatly puts it “Q&A can feel “blokey”.
Ray Martin would probably find a needlepoint class blokey.
There’s one other very disturbing reason women have told me they fear going on Q&A.
It’s the well founded fear that the online abuse and harassment they already suffer will increase. This is concerning for us all. So right now we’re working with Twitter to come up with a Safety strategy to equip all panellists with the best and latest practices for muting, blocking and reporting online abuse. And we’ll upgrade our own monitoring and reporting of trolls.
What a bunch of girls.
Anyone – male or female – with a media and social media presence must be prepared for online hassles from morons. Andrew Bolt has been relentlessly mocked and ridiculed over many years but somehow manages to persevere.