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Archive for September, 2006

Fall gems under the radar

pkamens Icon Posted by Paula Kamen

September 30th, 2006

I often have trouble highlighting articles from the mainstream media on women’s health and feminism, precisely because there are so few to begin with. But, thank goodness for the independent press to fill that gap. Here are some gems to watch out for that may have gone under your radar:
Clamor Magazine presents a […]

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Thailand’s PR Coup: Beauty Queens and Women Troops

dfarsettas Icon Posted by Diane Farsetta

September 29th, 2006

Following the recent military coup in Thailand, Amnesty International expressed “particular concern” that:
[T]he constitution has been rescinded, political gatherings have been banned, impositions announced on internet reporting and politicians detained. …
Political gatherings of more than five people have been banned, with a penalty of six months imprisonment. Coup council leaders have also called on the […]

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Burqas, Fareed Zakaria and Women’s Mags

GuestBloggers Icon Posted by Guest Blogger

September 28th, 2006

Editor’s Note: This post introduces a new feature of WIMN’s Voices — our Featured Guest Blogger initiative. While WIMN’s Voices primarily publishes the writing of several dozen house bloggers who cover specific beats related to media coverage of women and particular issue areas, from time to time we will be inviting guest bloggers to post […]

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Text of Jenny Boylan’s Keynote Speech to the Southern Comfort Gender Conference

jboylans Icon Posted by Jennifer Finney Boylan

September 27th, 2006

This speech was the keynote for this years Southern Comfort Conference, the largest event of its kind for transgendered people. This speech was given in Atlanta, on September 23, 2006.
Hi everybody. Gosh, look at you all. You all look fantastic from up here. I don¹t think I¹ve ever seen so many large women. […]

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John Tierney’s Mired Misogyny

ksavoies Icon Posted by Keely Savoie

September 27th, 2006

Women are not held back by sexism, but by their own innate abilities and interests, and feminists who claim otherwise are “rent-seeking”.

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breast implants linked to suicide, low self-esteem

ksavoies Icon Posted by Keely Savoie

September 26th, 2006

According to the New York Times today, women who seek breast augmentation for cosmetic reasons (as opposed to, I suppose, the medically mandated implants for ancer survivors?) “had a suicide rate 73 percent higher than that of the general population.” The article goes on to note that in “[s]eeking an explanation, the study pointed […]

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NBC delivers the network head of our fantasies…too bad she’s fictional

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

September 25th, 2006

I’ve found my new favorite TV show of the season. (Maybe, in fact, ever… but only because I’m a media nerd and I get all gleeful any time major media blast major media or come down on the side of art over commerce, public interest over ratings — think Jon Stewart telling Crossfire that the […]

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Sex Sells Hard News

mspencers Icon Posted by Miranda Spencer

September 23rd, 2006

Lately I’ve been tracking incidents of media framing stories about famous women according to their looks or fashion choices. To that let’s add, well, exhibitionist history. To the press, it seems, once a Playboy Playmate, always a Playboy Playmate.
Yesterday, CNN.com reported on lawsuits by one Stephanie Adams that alleged assault […]

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Model Mania: “Edgy” or Over the Edge?

mspencers Icon Posted by Miranda Spencer

September 22nd, 2006

The photo shoots of the new contestants in the season premier of “America’s Next Top Model” are disturbing.
As you’ll see if you visit the CW network’s website, these images depict the very young, would-be models in scenes glamorizing anorexia, bulimia, and necrophilia (or something…) as well as sleezy […]

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Women’s Media Ownership Matters

cbyerlys Icon Posted by Carolyn Byerly

September 20th, 2006

All one has to do to remember why women should own more media companies is to watch some of the TV shows passing for public affairs programming these days.
Last week’s episode of Scarborough Country is fresh in my mind. Host Joe Scarborough brought WIMN’s own Jennifer Pozner, Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar and GOP […]

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