Not to beat this to death, but it has yet to be noted that with the departure of Sheila McClear from Gawker the site suddenly finds itself without a female contributor for the first time since Choire Sicha took the reins from Elizabeth Spiers back in 2003. Of course, as more than one person has pointed out to us, that is not necessarily a fair measure of things as they stand now since at that time Gawker was only penned by one writer. Meaning that today is the first time since the site incorporated multiple editors in 2005 that not one of them are women. It feels strange.
No one at Gawker responded to us on this, but one wonders whether they will try to fill the gap by either hiring another woman — perhaps to do more newsy reporting — or merely incorporate more of Jezebel’s posts onto their page to achieve a similar effect.