Category Archives: Sexism in the Media

New OUP Book: Evans and Riley, “Technologies of Sexiness”

Later this month, Oxford University Press will publish Technologies of Sexiness, a new book by Adrienne Evans  (Media, Coventry University, UK) and  Sarah Riley (Psychology, University College Wales, Aberystwyth).  Here is the publisher’s description: Key cultural shifts have enabled a … Continue reading

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Women in the Media: A Year in Review

Via Upworthy, here. H/T Joan Gaylord. -Bridget Crawford

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Women’s work

I heard from some  who thought I was a bit too harsh in my criticism of the New York Times article Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home.  I admit, I was irked. I was more than irked. … Continue reading

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Qualifications of a Supermodel

Model Cameron Russell gives a remarkably candid and articulate explanation: I am not a uniquely accomplished 25-year-old. I’ve modeled for 10 years and I took six years to finish my undergraduate degree part-time, graduating this past June with honors from … Continue reading

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How Advertisers Failed Women in 2012

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Surely there is a better way to describe swing states than “It’s like being the prettiest girl at the dance.”

See e.g. this (title) and this (within text) and all the places these are linked, such as here, here, here and here.

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According to CNN “New research suggests that hormones may influence female voting choices differently, depending on whether a woman is single or in a committed relationship.”

Below is a sample paragraph to warn you what you are in for if you decide to read this article. No, as far as I can tell it is not intentionally satirical, which is what I was initially hoping, The … Continue reading

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“A school reveals it has a “Fantasy Slut League””

An excerpt just won’t do this article justice. Read the entire piece here.

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“The War on Twelve Year Old Girls”

Subtitled: “An epidemic of high-profile trolling is a testament to how pathological misogyny is — and how early it begins,” you can read the entire piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon. …. And if you require any further proof, … Continue reading

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One of the original “Chiquita Banana” commercials

So much going on here! Courtesy of an awesome college student.

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“IKEA Regrets Women Erased From Saudi Catalog”

Compare the annual IKEA catalogs disbursed around the world and they are nearly identical, save for a slight difference. The difference is not in the Swedish translations of the furniture or the mock layouts of the numerous living rooms in … Continue reading

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Why NZ Director’s Reference to the “Oprahfication” of the Courtroom was Really a Jab at the “Pussification” of the Courtroom

I’m not a huge fan of victim impact statements. These statements typically used to consist of family members taking the witness stand during the sentencing phase of a murder trial and explaining the character of the victim and what his … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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Barbara Walters Says Santorum is Correct About “Radical Feminism”

Newsbusters.org reprints (here) a portion of the transcript from Monday’s airing of the morning talk-show The View.  In one segment, Barbara Walters says she agrees with Rick Santorum that radical feminism is to blame for some women’s woes: BARBARA WALTERS: … Continue reading

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New Documentary: “The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women”

The Media Education Foundation has released a new documentary film, “The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women.”  Here is a clip: The movie is based on Jessica Valenti’s book The Purity Myth. She shares writing credit on the … Continue reading

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What Derb doesn’t get (about the reality of sexual harassment)

As noted in earlier discussions, conservative pundit John Derbyshire recently wrote: “Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it’s all a lawyers’ ramp, like “racial discrimination“? You pay a girl … Continue reading

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Documentary “Miss Representation” Tonight on OWN

One of the hits of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival takes to the small screen tonight.  The Oprah Winfrey Network will show the documentary film Miss Representation at 9:00 p.m. (eastern).  Here is a description of the film: Like drawing … Continue reading

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If You Want To Insult Law Professors, Call Them Women: “Inside the Law School Scam” Edition

After learning about its existence, I read every post at this blog as it appeared. Legal education is imperfect and could use improvement, no question. And more transparency about law school data and procedures would be very useful; no one … Continue reading

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Red Dot In Sanitary Napkin Advertisement Makes Herstory!

From Copyranter: NO, you don’t understand, this is a historical advertising moment, people! OK, it’s just a dot that’s representative of menstrual blood, BUT STILL. After years of TV spot after TV spot using that ubiquitous blue liquid, Look! Red! In French … Continue reading

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“Female Armor Sucks”

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Schwarzenegger, Strauss-Kahn, and Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Race?

Former IMF head Dominique Strass-Kahn has been indicted in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female member of the housekeeping staff at the Sofitel hotel in New York.  See, e.g., here. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted … Continue reading

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Erasing Women (or, Where Are the Women? Der Tzitung edition)

You may have already read about the newspaper Der Tzitung, which excised Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason from a White House photograph because of a religious aversion to printing photographs of women. The paper apologized “if this was seen as … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? For married women, a lifetime of effort.

A woman who decides to marry a man sets herself up for a lot of time spent thinking and talking about her name.  If she decides to change her name, she opts in to a lengthy bureaucratic name-changing process so … Continue reading

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MTV Airing Abortion Special Tonight

I’ve lamented here in the past pop culture’s lack of attention to the issue of abortion.  And MTV has been a big culprit, with not one but two shows about teen pregnancy/moms. But tonight, MTV will do a bit to … Continue reading

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If a Woman Fears for her Life, it’s not “Boyfriend Trouble”

Andrea Chang, a writer for the LA Times, reported here that some Target retail stores in urban centers employ social workers to provide advice upon request to store workers.  It’s an innovative employee benefit which Target says helps combat “absenteeism … Continue reading

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Scaring Smart Women: NYT Says Successful Women are their own Worst Enemies

Yes, this again, now from the New York Times (here): Dating sites seem to suggest that highly educated women have more trouble finding a partner than women in more traditionally female jobs. “Care and social professions work well; the really … Continue reading

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Can you picture an ad for prostate cancer featuring a delicate, manicured hand squishing a dude’s junk?

That is the question posed at IBTP in a post excerpted below: It’s breast cancer awareness month! Awesome! There is much patriarchy to blame when it comes to breast cancer awareness month. Such as Komen. Komen, as I have declaimed … Continue reading

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On Racism and Sexism in the Case of Shirley Sherrod

Janell Hobson writes here at the Ms. Magazine blog about the attacks on and defenses of Shirley Sherrod.  Hobson writes that the ”conversations unfolded the way they did because a black woman was at the center.” Hobson aptly critiques both the … Continue reading

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When the NYT wants to spark debate about cussing, it asks “Why Do Educated People Use Bad Words?” and then queries one woman and five men.

Which makes the NYT ripe for cussing out. Impressive class bias, in addition to the sexism. Lovely quote from Timothy Jay: “This doesn’t mean the average person is swearing more. But we have recorded more women swearing in public than … Continue reading

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Why did David Brooks feel the need to churn out another concern-trolling column urging women to choose marriage over career success?

Historiann contemplated that question here. –Ann Bartow

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If you have forgotten for a second how much Supposedly Liberal Doods hate women, read the comments about the RNC “stripper” expenditures at any supposedly liberal blog.

For example here, here or here.   Impressive amount of racism too. Those folks are not our allies. –Ann   Bartow

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“Chess For Girls” from SNL around 1997 – Has anything changed?

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HuffPo post asserts Stephen Colbert treated Sean Hannity “like a prostitute.”

The post is here, along with a video clip. Below is the appalling text: Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with Sean Hannity, who “joined [him] live from stuff [he] could edit together,” and with some crafty splicing, proceeded to … Continue reading

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The Internet Pile-on over a Woman Dean’s Paycheck

The legal blogosphere has been embroiled recently in a series of discussions about Karen Rothenberg, formerly dean at Maryland law.  For those living in a cave (or avoiding Above the Law as a paper-finishing strategy), the basic facts are these:  … Continue reading

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Is the headline “SC man dies, wife injured in domestic shootings” reasonable for the facts it reports?

Here is the text of the story as it appeared in the online version of my local newspaper: Posted on Mon, Feb. 22, 2010 SC man dies, wife injured in domestic shootings The Associated Press Police say a South Carolina … Continue reading

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You’re Speaking My Language: United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Finds “mmmm-mmmm-mmmm” Constitutes “Indecent Language” in Court-Martial Appeal

You are a military judge. According to a female Marine, one day she was working in an ammunition magazine with a United States Marine Corps Corporal when she began to “freak out” upon discovering that she had a bug on … Continue reading

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From the NYT: You Dumb Women are Opposing the New Mammogram Recommendations Because You Don’t Understand Science or Math

The contempt laden Op-Ed is here. Below is the first paragraph: In his inaugural address, Barack Obama promised to restore science to its”rightful place.”This has partly occurred, as evidenced by this month’s release of 13 new human embryonic stem-cell lines. … Continue reading

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ATL Mocks Columbia Law School Student’s Method for Starting a Study Group

Isn’t English rich enough to provide ways to mock something that don’t refer to women’s genitalia? Since when is “douchetastic” a word? -Darren Rosenblum P.S. This is not an endorsement of the    student’s methodology for finding a study group! … Continue reading

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“Shiny Suds” advert now out of circulation

Via Jezebel: Cleaning products company Method has apologized for its controversial “Shiny Suds” video, which depicted fratboy-like chemical bubbles harassing a bathing woman, and has pulled the video from all “controlled sources.” We’ve still got it, though, plus a statement … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? The Staff and Advisors of “Media Matters for America” Remain Overwhelmingly Male

The list is here. I (quickly) counted 38 men and 15 women, meaning the list is about 72% male and 28% female. Same old, same old. –Ann Bartow

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“The Hard Sell”

Check out Stiletto Revolt for a stunning collection of ads with phallic imagery. Two examples below: –Ann Bartow

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Yes the violence used by this soccer player is chilling, but her gender is what some find the most shocking.

YouTube commenters are writing things like “I WOULD FUCK HER UP!!!!!…what a bitch!” and “Bitch. Kill her!” apparently without irony. A number of copies of this or related video clips are titled with references to “cat fights.” This NYT article … Continue reading

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“Her Secret? Photoshop”

Watch the actual photo shoot at this site, then see if you can figure out what has been changed. Via. –Ann Bartow

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Women, Happiness, and the Marketing of Positive Thinking

Barbara Ehrenreich has a great debunking of a study that purports to show that women have become unhappier since 1972 – – – as a result, most likely, of feminism.     Ehrenreich writes that the statistical variable (one percent) … Continue reading

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The Yale Law School Information Society Project’s Upcoming Conference is Entitled: “JOURNALISM AND THE NEW MEDIA ECOLOGY: WHO WILL PAY THE MESSENGERS?” and 32 Out of 39 Listed Speakers Are Male.

Website here, program here.   New media conference, same old YLS misogyny. Not so random aside: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) launched an Ethical Journalism Initiative in 2008. The IFJ considers fair gender portrayal as part of ethical journalism, … Continue reading

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The NYT Adulates Christie Hefner, Delicately Refrains From Substantively Mentioning the Hardcore Porn that Generates Most of Playboy’s Revenues

Here’s a curious and alarming excerpt from this incredibly sycophantic article: Her father lent his support to causes like birth control and abortion rights, but activism was at her core. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment and gay rights … Continue reading

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Bud Light Lime Commercial: Sexist and Homophobic Even By Beer Ad Standards

Ugh:

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“Maggot Lace”

A few weeks ago I read a piece by Caitlin Flanagan in the September issue of The Atlantic, entitled: Sex and the Married Man. Like about everything Flanagan writes it was awful, full of lurid and venemous speculation about the … Continue reading

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“Echoes: 50 Years of Progress for Women in Politics. Satisfied Yet?”

A look at how far women have come in politics in the last 50 years, and at why we still have much further to go. From The New Agenda, thenewagenda.net. Via.

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“‘Women are getting more beautiful’ – Getting the story right”

I blogged about this previously, and found a response by the study author, Marcus Jokela via a link to my post, the title of which is misunderstood, as I was accusing the Times Online of sexism, not the researcher. Anyway, … Continue reading

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