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A Slow Move Away From Misogyny

September 08, 1996

Your coverage of Judy Wieder's promotion to editor in chief of the Advocate ("An Eye for News, a Place in History," Aug. 30) was welcome and on target, except in one small regard: "Lesbians have been eyeing Wieder's rise through the ranks as a sign that the Advocate was aggressively trying to dispel a sexist reputation earned after turmoil three years ago, when four or five women on the editorial staff either resigned or were fired." This sentence really should read, "Lesbians and a few gay men. . . ."

Despite its long life and steady improvement over the past five years, the Advocate has always been an embarrassment to the gay community, primarily for its purposefully taking the long, slow road away from misogyny and secondarily, for its waiting until competition in the marketplace forced it to finally drop its adult, sex-related classifieds section in order to establish some journalistic credibility and a shot at Madison Avenue advertising dollars.

R. HUNTER GARCIA

Los Angeles

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