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Archive for October, 2006

Gender and race in media ownership: Ugly truths at a critical moment

cbyerlys Icon Posted by Carolyn Byerly

October 28th, 2006

It’s been a couple of hot weeks for new studies on media ownership, a number of them shedding light on the extreme marginalization of women and people of color in broadcast industries. Two of these were studies that I conducted, one of them jointly. (Click here for a PDF of the media ownership report.)
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Princesses Gone Wild

GuestBloggers Icon Posted by Guest Blogger

October 27th, 2006

By GUEST BLOGGER Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
In a recent style section story “When Good Girls Go Bad, for a Day,” the New York Times reported about the dominance of ultra-sexy Halloween costumes for women. The newspaper’s report confirmed – in perhaps a more highminded way – the trend that Comedy Central’s Carlos Mencia commented upon […]

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Rise in Preterm Births; Rise in Infant Deaths in US

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October 27th, 2006

by Guest Blogger Sarah Werthan Butternwieser

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Behind Closed Doors

lmarshalls Icon Posted by Lucinda Marshall

October 24th, 2006

October is a busy month. The falling leaves are all but smothered by inflatable pumpkins, election signs and pink ribbons. Lost in the shuffle is the oh-so-hard to market Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It doesn’t have a theme color (well I think it does but who can remember) and it is all […]

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A Real Flavor of … Self-hate.

stalvis Icon Posted by Silja J.A. Talvi

October 23rd, 2006

There are a few guilty pleasures I’ll indulge myself in, from time to time. VH1’s plethora of reality shows have been among them. No, that frightening Hulk show holds no interest for me, but when Surreal Life morphed into Surreal Love, I will admit I stayed tuned.
Who could pass up the Flav & Brigitte […]

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With Friends Like These…

mspencers Icon Posted by Miranda Spencer

October 19th, 2006

Some editors at progressive media outlets are actively seeking more women writers. But others seem to be throwing up their hands – even hindering progress through their hostility to being called out.

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Good News from the GAO

ksavoies Icon Posted by Keely Savoie

October 19th, 2006

It’s so rare I get to blog about the good news from above, so when I heard that the Government Accountability Office has found the Dept. of Health and Human Services to be in violation of the law by allowing abstinence-only programs to teach medically inaccurate informtaion, I couldn’t resist.
While, according to the Sexuality Information […]

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In Memory of LaToyia Figueroa

lmarshalls Icon Posted by Lucinda Marshall

October 19th, 2006

Domestic violence is the ultimate unseen crime because so much of it takes place in private settings. The Sioux City, Iowa’s KCAU certainly is certainly doing its part to invisibilize the victims. In a story about the sentencing of a man who strangled his pregnant girlfriend because she wouldn’t get an abortion, […]

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Is it Aging or Ageism that Causes the Pain?

mgullettes Icon Posted by Margaret Morganroth Gullette

October 18th, 2006

Recently I wrote an online essay called “What’s the Matter with Nora Ephron’s Neck?” People who read reviews in the New York Times etcetera know that Ephron doesn’t “like” her aging neck or the “wattles” of other women. The media gave her book exceptional attention. (If a man wrote a book describing how […]

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Misogyny And Massacres

echidneofthesnakess Icon Posted by Echidne of the Snakes

October 17th, 2006

I’ve been told that the news reporting about the school massacres in other countries did focus on the fact that the victims were selected on the basis of their sex. This suggests that we could talk about it, too. If we really made an effort. Thanks are due to Bob Herbert for trying.

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