CTboom.com, an entertainment and lifestyle website for residents of the Nutmeg State, is looking for “Connecticut’s Hottest Newswomen 2016.” The site asks readers to give a thumbs-up or thumbs down to rank the hotness of 24 local female on-air personalities.
“I know a lot of the women on this list (which I am not a part of),” said Cody. “They are strong, capable news gatherers and storytellers who don’t deserve to have their careers reduced to a thumbs-up/thumbs-down button, as if they’re a song on Pandora. They are hot. Nothing wrong with being hot. That can be powerful in its own right, showcasing a woman’s personal pride and sense of self. But, a rank in the court of public opinion? Really? Featuring a ‘thumbs-down’ option? It feels mean, sexist, misogynistic — just plain wrong. It does.”
“If this was going on at a local high school,” says Cody. “It would be a news story.”