By Jessica Evans, Freelance Journalist
More middle-class journalists writing on the issue of classism and elitism than working-class writers being commissioned those articles is part of the very problem they’re writing about.
3/? I just shrugged the discrimination off. I became used to it and somewhat numb to it. As a working-class woman, you accept class discrimination very early on in your life and are taught that you are always second in the pecking order.— Jessica Evans (@jesshopeevans) December 22, 2019
However, most of the time, I looked at the writer who was claiming to come from lowly, working-class roots, and found they were from a privately educated school, privileged background and a wealthy family too. Historically, they also held a pretty swish postcode.
On one hand, it was great that these articles were even being written and some light was being shed on these issues. But not so great (harmful, even) is that most of the journalists I’d read, weren’t working-class, but were claiming to be.
With any fragile issue that hinders and harms people’s lives, careers, mental health and well-beings, it’s always good to learn about it from someone who has actually experienced the realities in question. Isn’t it just simply adding to the problem if 90% of these types of articles are being written by middle-class journalists, when they could have commissioned the piece to a writer who actually is working-class?
Jessica Evans is a freelance journalist, editor and consultant. She has previously written for Stylist, The Independent, Refinery29, Elle, Red, VICE, BBC Three, The Telegraph, The Pool and Cosmopolitan. She is also the Founder of @thefreelancesessions. Jessica is currently creating a magazine to help working class women break into journalism.